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Good Earth
More Than a Store

Good Earth is a locally owned produce and garden center that specializes in providing the freshest and tastiest local fruits, veggies, clean meats, eggs and dairy from local farmers. We also support local bakers, families and artisans by selling amazing breads, jarred goods, dried goods, soaps, candles and oh so much more! Over the years, our faithful customers have repeatedly requested non-local produce that cannot be grown in our area, so we provide these products too. You can get almost anything else on-line or at the big box stores, but get the freshest produce and most beautiful plants right here at Good Earth. Now that fall is upon us our store will be stocked with seasonal produce such as squashes, greens, apples and citrus, and the greenhouse will boast dozens of varieties of heirloom pumpkins and gourds as well as mums of every size and color. Come see us!!

The Leafy Goodness of Collards
Cynthia F Catts,  RD, LD

Collards (like spinach, kale and many leaf lettuces) have fiber, folate and a wide range of carotenoids such as lutein and zeaxanthin, along with saponins and flavonoids. That's a bunch of fancy talk meaning collards are really good for you!! According to the American Institute of Cancer Research, foods containing carotenoids probably protect against cancers of the mouth, pharynx (the throat) and larynx (the voice box). Other research has suggested that the antioxidants in collards can inhibit the growth of certain types of breast cancer cells, skin cancer cells, lung cancer and stomach cancer. Not to mention the well known fact that the fiber in leafy greens can reduce one's chances of developing colorectal cancer. Collards are generally available year round but good cooks know that they are tastier (and actually more nutritious) in the cooler months. The collards here at Good Earth are locally farmed. One more reason to get your fresh healthy green leafies right here.
The Farmer's Market
It's Fall and It's Fresh!

As the nights get cooler, the collards get sweeter, and here at Good Earth, we are stocking the shelves in our market so you can stock the shelves in your kitchen. Our collards are from right down the road in Lexington, SC, so you know those babies are fresh! A classic southern Fall addition to your everyday or holiday menus, collards are a sturdy, versatile green that hold up beautifully in stews, soups, and braises. Need some collard inspiration? Try Rick's favorite collard recipe below! (Tip: using a pizza cutter makes all the difference when de-stemming your collards!)

Rick's Favorite Collards
Wash collards. Cut the veins from leaves using a pizza cutter. Place in pot. Cover with water. Bring to a boil. Pour the hot water off, and rinse leaves in a colander. Pour fresh water over collards in pot, and add salt and pepper to taste, two strips of bacon, a pinch of sugar, and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Reduce heat to medium. Cook three to four hours. Enjoy!
Our Greenhouse
When Good Pumpkins Go Bad

Nothing good lasts forever, a truth that will stare you in the face in the form of your jack-o-lanterns slowly drooping smile. If your carved pumpkins are reaching the end of their lifespan, there are plenty of environmentally friendly ways to re-purpose them, so step away from the dumpster! Below are a few of our favorite ideas.

1. One man's trash is another hog's treasure- we partner with a local hog farm so that hungry hams like this guy can feast on our faded pumpkins. If you look around, you are likely to find a farm close by who would be more than happy to accept your old pumpkins for their livestock to snack on! Bonus: you connect with local farms in your area and get to know your farmers a little better.

2. From dust pumpkins are born and to dust they shall return- compost that baby! Composting is a super easy and fun way to turn your expired pumpkins (and other kitchen scraps!) into a rich, fertile amendment for next year's garden. Plastic composting bins make this process a breeze, but you can also create a small pile in your backyard. Just layer kitchen scraps with shredded newspaper or straw and cover with a dark tarp until Spring. Your flowers will thank you. 

3. This one's for the birds- as winter approaches, our favorite feathered friends will have to work harder and harder for their next meal. Make it easier for them by using your old carved pumpkins as bird feeders. Simply fill the inside with birdseed and set out in your yard to create an instant buffet for songbirds and squirrels alike. It's tons of fun to watch these little guys feast on the pumpkin meat and birdseed!

How do you like to re-purpose your pumpkins? Show us by taking a picture and sharing it on our Facebook page! Just don't forget to scrape off any non-edibles, like paint, glitter, or candle wax, before sharing your pumpkins with wildlife. 

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