If you're going
• What: The Cumming Harvest Market Festival
• When: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday
• Where: Colony Park Office Suites, across from Andean Chevrolet on Hwy. 9
• Cost: Free to enter; products are various prices
• For more information, visit cumming.locallygrown.net or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
A local farmers market will provide venders a chance to meet their customers face to face at an event this weekend.
From 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Colony Park Office Suites, the Cumming Harvest will present its annual Market Festival.
Organizer Suzanne Geddes said the Cumming Harvest began in August 2010.
Through its Web site, local farmers provide fresh produce and customers place customized orders each week.
“The most important thing about Cumming Harvest is that the food is all chemical free and naturally grown,” Geddes said. “All our farmers take pride in growing food the old-fashioned way, the way food should be grown.”
Currently, about 25 farms participate.
“Most of them are in the Forsyth County area,” she said. “The farthest one is about 80 miles [from Cumming] and they’re all in Georgia.”
Besides vegetables, there is also a range of other homemade and organic products, including breads, honey and grass-fed beef.
Vendors list what products are available each week, and customers place their orders on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
On Saturdays, customers can pick up their orders from Geddes.
She said the upcoming event will be different than most pick-up days, however.
“Saturday will be a true festival,” Geddes said. “We’ll have face painting and a live bluegrass band.
“Our farmers will be out there in tents with their products, when usually it’s just me giving out the orders.”
Lynn Pugh, owner of Cane Creek Farm in south Forsyth, which was one of the first to offer its produce through Cumming Harvest, is looking forward to Saturday’s festival.
“It’s good for the customers to be able to put a face on the farmers they’re buying from,” Pugh said. “And it’s good for the farmers because it gives us a little more visibility.”
Both Geddes and Pugh said they hope the public will come out to learn more about local farming.
“When we first started, it was our intention to do a Market Festival every season, but that was a lot of work, so we decided annually was best,” Geddes said. “We did our last one last March and it was a big hit. We actually had a lot of traffic.”
Added Pugh: “It’s good for people to try out what we have … we’re dipping our little toe into organic foods and we’d love to have more support.”