Fall fun, fresh food available at GFB Certified Farm Markets

Published 7:55 pm Friday, October 23, 2015

MACON — With temperatures dropping to more comfortable levels, there’s no better time to get outside. Which begs the question: Where to go?
One popular option is a visit to a local farm for some agri-fun, some fresh air and fresh fruits and vegetables.
Georgia Farm Bureau’s 92 Certified Farm Markets (CFMs) across the  state offer something for every taste and fun for all ages.
“We have a lot of families that bring their children in to things that they know are going to be safe for their children to enjoy,” said Rita Douglas, who manages agri-tourism activities for Ottawa Farms in Chatham County. “It’s just like they’re in Grandma’s yard when they come here.”
Ottawa Farms, locally famous for its strawberries in the spring, offers the chance to get lost in a corn maze. This year’s design is a cowboy and a bucking bronco.
“We have a corn crop that you would not believe,” Douglas said. “It is doing so well. It’s probably going to look like they’re in a pine forest when they get out there, it’s growing so tall.”
The corn maze at Ottawa is one of 19 at GFB’s Certified Farm Markets,
which also offer apples, a variety of other fresh fruits and vegetables and a wide selection of farm products like apple cider, jams and jellies and many more.
“Each one of our Certified Farm Markets is unique,” said GFB President Zippy Duvall. “They all offer an on-farm experience and precious family time together. It’s hard to put a price tag on that.”
There are four GFB Certified Farm Markets in this area of the state:
• Mark’s Melon Patch. 8580 Albany Highway, Dawson. www.marksmelonpatch.com
• Merritt Pecan Co. Inc., Ga. Highway 520, Weston. www.merritt-pecan.com
• William L. Brown Farm Market, Ga. Highway 49, Montezuma.  www.williamlbrownfarms.com
• Chase Farm Market, 83 Riverview Lane, Oglethorpe. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chase-Farm-Market/187469477943461
For a complete listing of the GFB Certified Farm Markets, visit  http://www.gfb.org/commodities/cfm/default.html.