Rain or shine, vendors will be out at Forsyth Park come Saturday morning to offer some of their best fruits, vegetables, plants and coffee.
That's right - coffee.
In this week's Forsyth Farmers' Market newsletter, Manager Teri Schell features James Spano of Cup to Cup Coffee. Spano recently visited with coffee growers in Guatemala. He described his experience to Schell.
"In our continuing effort to bridge the gap between farmer and customer, we spent a week in Guatemala visiting farms. We were hosted by one of our partners Thrive Farmers who work endlessly to bring farmers higher up on the economic chain so they get a better price for the product they put their whole lives into.
"We visited the small farm of Vinicio Gonzalez who is part of a cooperative of growers and see how tirelessly a small producer has to work and how much pride he has in his coffee. We also got to visit larger estate size farms who partner with Thrive to provide services to smaller farmers like Vinicio's for coffee processing and quality control and agricultural education.
"It was an amazing opportunity to visit."
Cup to Cup will be one of the vendors at this week's Farmers Market. Other vendors include: Adam's Farm, Avondale Apiary, B&G Honey Farms, Berry Farms, Billy's Botanicals, Carolina Plantation Rice, Charis Farm, Clark & Sons, Flatland Farms, George Wilson, Hunter Cattle, Joseph Fields Farm, Ogeechee River Gardens, Ozzie Mack Produce, Readee's Bees, Robert Maxwell of Alake's Pecans, Savannah River Farms, Southern Swiss Dairy, Tierra Verde Farm, Walker Farms, Castra Rota, Chocolate Lab, Exit Strategy, Foods of the Farm, Frali Gourmet, Meatless Meals, Perc, Vegetable Kingdom, Verdant Kitchen and Morning Glory Natural Plants.
Another way to support the market is the Friends of Forsyth Farmers' Market program. For a $25 donation, you get a market tote and a weekly discount card for the vendor of the week. Donations go toward the costs of running the market, such as insurance, banking fees, etc.
Learn more about the farmers' market here.