Farmers in eastern Georgia say heavy rain this summer has translated to higher prices at fruit and vegetable stands. Mattie Judge, who sells produce at the Augusta State Farmer's Market, said finding okra, butter beans, squash and string beans to stock her stand with has been difficult.
Temporary farmers’ markets are springing up across the state this summer, offering thousands of low-income mothers and young children fresh, Georgia-grown fruits and vegetables as part of a federal nutrition program.
National reports show, this year's Black Friday could usher in a holiday shopping season slightly improved from last year. Whether Georgia businesses see an uptick in sales, though, will depend on customers. Across the state, several "buy local" campaigns are urging residents to buy their gifts from local businesses to triple the economic impact.
Food safety is a top priority of the three candidates for Agriculture Commissioner. Libertarian Kevin Cherry, Democrat J.B. Powell, and Republican Gary Black each want to inherit the post held by Tommy Irvin for 40 years. The candidates met at a forum this week held by Georgia Organics. And they all want to get more Georgia-grown food … to Georgians.