Local Georgia farmers, happy pigs, and organic food at Field of Greens!

Up top is a goat that generously gives its milk for cheese every day; in the middle is the Three Not-So-Little Pigs BBQ cook-off; and below is a little girl excited by the chickens in the peanuts

Up top is a goat that generously gives its milk for cheese every day; in the middle is the Three Not-So-Little Pigs BBQ cook-off; and below is a little girl excited by the chickens in the peanuts

This past Sunday, October 4th, Zack and I headed out to Whippoorwill Hollow Farm in Walnut Grove, Georgia for their annual Field of Greens celebration! We arrived just in time for the Three Not-So-Little Pigs BBQ cookoff between Five Seasons Brewery (with a pig donated from Whole Foods on behalf of Tommy Thompson of Thompson Farms), 4th and Swift (with a pig from Riverview Farms), and – the winner of the competition – Woodfire Grill (whose pig came from Tommy & Alecia Searcy of Gum Creek Farm). The swine were locally raised, heritage pork from Georgia farms and extremely tasty (thank you piggies). Will Moore of Moore Farms and Friends narrated the BBQ cook-off. I subscribe to his and his wife Laurie’s CSA service and I wanted to say hi and thanks, but he was too busy to catch! And then I got distracted by the by-donations beer that 5 Seasons Brewry was offering up.

Additional restaurants served up small plates of local, organic food, but Zack and I managed to get there just in time to catch the last food vendor – everyone else had already run out of food! But the macaroni & cheese with cranberries and the beans from Rosebud were delicious!

Whippoorwill Hollow Farm opened up their fields for us to wander through and I had the pleasure of seeing full-grown stalks of red and green okra for the first time! To the left is a picture of a little girl who was meandering along the okra and among the piles of drying peanuts, cautiously making her way towards the chickens scritting just up the row from her.

A number of eco-friendly organizations and businesses came out to share what they do and to raise awareness surrounding environmental issues, such as Georgia Organics and Destiny Organics. A couple of dairy farms had samples of fresh milk and fresh goat cheese (which came from the goat to the left that insisted on taking a picture with me), a soap-maker had demonstrations, a farm dished up stone-ground grits, farmers sold organic vegetables, etc.

Thanks to Whippoorwill Hollow Farm and Slow Food Atlanta for a great time – I look forward to next year’s Field of Greens!

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3 Responses to “Local Georgia farmers, happy pigs, and organic food at Field of Greens!”
  1. Suzanne Welander says:

    Tickets went on sale for Field of Greens 2010! Only $15 in advance, at this link:

    http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/124425

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