Farm spending soars – The Blount Countian
Like their customers, farmers are experiencing and dealing with record expenses that continue to drive up the cost of their produce. From seed and fertilizer to fuel and equipment costs, farmers are in some cases paying more than double what they paid last year. Due to personal expenses, farmers have no choice but to raise prices. It’s not what farmers want, but it’s necessary to stay afloat in these tough economic times.
As farmers continue to harvest, produce becomes more abundant. Faulkner Produce continues to have zucchini, squash, peaches and green plums. This week they added green tomatoes and local honey to their assortment. Stop by their produce stand on County Highway 1 and make a purchase.
McCrays Old Field Farm, located just past the 5 mile marker on Ala 132, offers a wide assortment of jellies including tomato, blueberry, honeysuckle, dandelion and blackberry. They also have tomatoes, three varieties of green beans, goat’s milk soap, and poison ivy ointment. Call 205-353-5506 to confirm product availability.
Hazelrig Orchard in Cleveland reports that they have peaches, plums, nectarines, blueberries, cabbage, peppers, okra, squash, cucumbers, zucchini, green tomatoes, and red potatoes. They also offer local honey.
Snead Produce offers local squash, zucchini, cucumbers and peaches. They are located at Snead Crossroads under the tents.
On Straight Mountain, Allman Farms and Orchards offers a variety of items including peppers, purple peppers, Aruba peppers, peaches, cucumbers, squash, Zephyr squash, cabbage, zucchini, and beans greens. Many items are available per box if you need a large quantity.
Just down the road, Baswell Farms offers squash, cucumbers, bell peppers, cubanelle peppers, gypsy peppers, jalapenos, and Cherokee Purple tomatoes. Stop by the roadside stand near the corner of Reneau Road and County Highway 12 for delicious produce.
And for those who have been waiting on Copeland Farms cantaloupes and watermelons, your wait is over. Drop by the produce stand and pick up some melons, Malibu green beans, and squash. Copeland Farms is located at the corner of Cliff Springs Road and US 231 South.
In town, customers can stop at Whited Farms for tomatoes, onions, squash, peaches, cucumbers, potatoes, zucchini, corn, purple peas or green beans. Whited offers curbside pickup for those who don’t want to go out and shop.
If you’re in town on a Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday morning, a quick stop at the Blount County Farmer’s Market will give you plenty of options for produce to sell. The state-sanctioned market allows the public to “buy fresh, buy local.” Offering squash, blueberries, potatoes, squash, Zephyr squash, zucchini, onions, garden onions, cucumbers, string beans and string beans, the market is open from 7 a.m. until the farmers sell or 1 p.m.
As you are buying all local produce, give thanks to your local farmers. Despite the excessive heat and the current drought, they are doing their best to provide quality products. Most have a Facebook page and keep it regularly updated. If in doubt, check their messages or call them.