#FarmersMarketFriday: The Metro Atlanta Urban Farm

Screen Shot 2015-10-23 at 9.22.47 AMThe Metro Atlanta Urban Farm
3271 Main Street, College Park, GA  30337
Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

The kids and I had a blast during our impromptu visit at the farm this week!  Upon arrival we were greeted by their super friendly staff and were made to feel right at home.

In my previous post about Wholesome Wave’s Double Value Coupon Program this farm was on the list of market participants.  A friend saw the post and actually stopped by to check it out, here is her review…

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I was so happy about her visit that I said I had to stop by for myself.  And I tried… But the rain hated on my plans during their Fall Festival in September.  So after packing the kids up and driving to College Park (about 30 minutes from our house) I pulled up, felt overwhelmed by the potential disaster that I had on my hands — rain + dirt = mud… mud + 2 yr. old boy = 1 mad mama!  So we turned around.  We never even got out of the car 😦  But as we drove off, I promised them that we would return and we did!

Now back to our most recent visit…

Naturally I’m a talker so it’s always refreshing to find other people willing to talk to me (LOL, I sound like such a weirdo).  But seriously, in one visit I was able to meet everyone who was crucial to operation of the farm and they were all so friendly and informative.  Mr. Wilson, the CEO told me the history of the farm and why they chose to start it in that particular location.  Ms. Cathy, the Executive Director told me about all of their programs, Mr. Mose offered to bring some materials on gardening for me on my next visit, and Karega picked all of our food and entertained Camden the whole time!!  I really appreciate ALL of them for their help!

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Tips for visiting the farm:

  1. Don’t go on a rainy day lol. Just kidding, go whenever you’d like. They said the rain didn’t stop them from having a good time during that festival and it shouldn’t stop you either from enjoying a unique experience!
  2. Dress comfortably! You can pick your own food so don’t wear your favorite shoes.  I actually had on my cute boots with a baby on my hip so I let Camden do the picking for me. 🙂
  3. Give yourself enough time to explore.  You don’t have to spend 2.5 hours exploring like me but take a moment to enjoy the peacefulness of the farm.
  4. Be open to trying new things. There were some plants that I had never heard of and honestly still don’t remember the names of.  But instead of turning your nose up at something foreign, pick it, take it home and Google some recipes if you have to. I know I will, especially with this huge eggplant sitting in my refrigerator lol!
  5. Use your SNAP benefits if you have them.  You instantly get double your money! And the farm does too! A win-win for everyone.
  6. Be friendly and ask questions! This is always my favorite part.
  7. Take your family! Even if it requires a little extra effort on your behalf, take your kids, they’ll love the adventure. I know mine did (see the pics below).
  8. Tell others about your experience.  Oftentimes people just don’t know what opportunities are available.  When we think of “farm” we usually assume that you have to drive hours outside of the city limits.  Not here… it’s right in the middle of downtown College Park and very accessible to public transit (MARTA).
  9. Take pictures! As you can see it’s a mini hobby for me. Even if it’s not your thing, clear some space on your phone ahead of time and capture the memories.
  10. Prepare to go back and often! They work really hard to maintain the land and add value for the community.

That’s all I have for now but stay tuned for more updates about this place.

To the staff at The Metro Atlanta Urban Farm, thank you! You’ve earned a patron for life ❤

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3 thoughts on “#FarmersMarketFriday: The Metro Atlanta Urban Farm

  1. Triby Jackson says:

    Awesome! I’m going to take a trip there, myself. I love veggies & I do like trying new things. All my life in Atlanta and I didn’t know about this spot. #shame Thanks!!

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