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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 has set in and the holidays are around the corner, our store will be stocked with seasonal produce such as pie pumpkins, squashes, greens, apples, nuts, citrus and homemade breads, pies and cakes! The greenhouse will boast beautiful Christmas trees of all shapes and sizes, including hypoallergenic trees! We also have yards of garland and wreaths of different sizes. Everything you need for the holidays is right here at Good Earth!
Happy Holidays from the Good Earth Family to Yours!

We are hoping everyone has a peaceful and beautiful holiday! Our business hours will be slightly adjusted as follows so that our hard-working team can spend some quality time with their families during this busy season. However, just a reminder: WE ARE OPEN YEAR ROUND! After New Year's we will return to being open seven days a week. Plus, we have a lot of exciting plans for January 2019, so be sure to stay connected! 

Christmas Eve: 9 AM-4 PM
Christmas Day: Closed
December 26: Closed
New Year's Eve: 9 AM-4 PM
New Year's Day: Closed

Want to be Prosperous in 2019?  Better Get Your Hoppin' John On!
Cynthia F Catts,  RD, LD

We have fresh black eyed peas in the house! No soaking needed! The legumes with the characteristic black spot on the creamy colored skin is probably the most recognizable of all the pulses. Also known as cow peas, black eyed peas are traditionally enjoyed in our area of the country as HOPPIN' JOHN when cooked up with rice. Some folks cook with bacon or fat back, but other, more health-minded folks cook them with olive oil or
avocado oil. Either way, this meal provides a ton of vitamins and minerals to include iron, potassium, calcium, magnesium and folic acid (a lot of fiber too!). We believe whole-heartedly in the tradition that if consumed on New Years Day, one boosts one's chances of prosperity in the coming year! The peas represent coins when served with collards or kale which represent dollars. This dish must be served with cornbread which represents gold!!

Happy and Prosperous New Year everyone!
The Farmer's Market
Another Lesson in Folk-Lore from the School of Good Earth

This week in the market we are up to our ears in black-eyed peas, and hungry stomachs encouraged hungry minds which led to a little research regarding everyone's favorite New Year's culinary tradition. Believe it or not, the association of luck with black-eyed peas dates back over 1500 years! In more recent United States folklore, the story goes that, during Sherman's March, the Union Army pillaged all of the Confederate Army's food. However, they left the peas and salted pork, falsely assuming these staples were intended for the animals. The Confederate soldiers felt lucky to have food to get them through the winter, thus perpetuating the association. Another common Southern story suggests that, when the slaves were emancipated on New Year's Day after the end of the Civil War, all they had to eat in celebration was black-eyed-peas which then became associated with good fortune! Whatever your reason for eating peas on the first of this year, make sure you get them from Good Earth! Plus, we have all the tasty cured ham products for the Southern flavor you love. 
Our Greenhouse
We Support Your New Year's Resolutions

If your list of resolutions for the New Year doesn't involve items such as "more money," "more plants," and "more relaxation," then you may not be a good fit for this newsletter. However, if these aspirations do resonate with you, you MUST stop by and shop our spring bulb sale! If you're worried that it's too late to plant your bulbs, stop immediately (and add "worry less" to your resolutions). There is plenty of winter left for these little nuggets to get good and chilly in the ground before popping up for gorgeous displays of color in the spring. We still have lots of beautiful and unique varieties of tulips, narcissus, hyacinth, and allium, and all packages are BUY ONE GET ONE FREE! So you get more plants for less money, plus a relaxing spring. Check, check, and check! Bonus points for hitting all your resolutions by April.

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