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Good Earth
More Than a Store

Good Earth is a local, family owned produce and garden center that specializes in providing the freshest and tastiest local fruits, veggies, clean meats, free range eggs, and dairy from local farmers. We also support local bakers, families, and artisans by selling amazing homemade breads, casseroles and sweets, oils, jarred goodies, 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. This time of year, you'll find our greenhouse full of gorgeous ready- to-plant spring flowers, hanging baskets, herbs, and veggies as well as houseplants and succulents. 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. Experience the CSRA's little secret that's not a secret anymore! We were voted Best Produce 2018 by readers of the Augusta Magazine and are One of the Top 10 Best Farmers Markets in Georgia according to Yelp!

Why Grow Basil in Your Kitchen Garden?

Cynthia F Catts,  RD, LD

Basil grows beautifully here in the CSRA because we have a hot climate in the spring and summer. Basil has widely been known for both its medicinal and its culinary purposes. It is one of our best selling herbs in the spring! 

Medicinally, basil has been known to aid with stomach spasms, insect bites, and respiratory infections. Nutritionally, basil is a very good source of vitamin A, magnesium, iron, and calcium. 

Basil is most commonly known for its part in culinary dishes, particularly those from the Mediterranean regions, such as lasagna, manicotti, and sauce for pizza or spaghetti. I love to toss the whole, fresh leaves with olive oil, grape tomatoes, fresh garlic, and pasta for a lovely spring dinner. And of course, I always have jars of freshly made pesto on hand to top our fish or chicken.

Here at Good Earth, our fresh basil is ready for you to plant in your window box or kitchen garden. It's a great herb for a planter on your porch, garden plot, or deck, but make sure it gets plenty of sun!

Basil is a staple in my garden because of its fresh flavor and its nutritional value. I also love to place a bunch of it in a vase on my kitchen island. It makes the entire kitchen smell fresh and clean.

Cyndi's Pesto (all ingredients made available by Good Earth)!!

2 cups fresh basil leaves (no flowers)
2 cloves fresh garlic
1/4 cup walnuts
1/2 cup EVOO
1/2 tsp salt

Throw it all in the food processor for the delish yumminess of fresh pesto! You can use more or less EVOO to determine the consistency. Serve over pasta.

The Farmer's Market
The Goddess Athena

Is it the food of the gods? Does one bite inspire wisdom in those who taste it? Is it shaped like the head of Zeus from whence she sprang? We're not certain why this cantaloupe cousin is named for the goddess of wisdom and war, but we do know for certain that Athena melons are out of this world. Don't settle for green cantaloupes that take weeks to ripen on your table and then turn to mush. Athena melons are unique in that they have a longer ripening time than other cantaloupes, so you'll get a melon that is perfectly sweet without a texture that is overly mushy. Plus, a larger than average size means more fruit to go around! Athenas are exclusively an east coast melon, so you know it's always fresh and ripe when you pick one up in our market. Try Athenas sliced into smileys, blended into smoothies or juices, chilled as a refreshing soup, frozen into popsicles, or added to a fresh salad for a touch of sweetness.  O ur team of produce pros is always on hand to help you find the perfect melon for lunch today or dessert this weekend!

Our Greenhouse
Keys to the Kitchen Garden

If you adhere to the local adage, you've been waiting to plant your vegetable garden until after Good Friday. We could quibble all day about soil temperatures, global warming, and the farmer's almanac, but instead, maybe we'll just chat about veggies! While some of our customers are veteran home vegetable gardeners who have their craft honed to perfection, you are certainly not alone if you identify more as a dabbler than as a devotee when it comes to growing food. That being said, we believe that access to home grown tomatoes in the summer is a basic human right, and our team in the garden center is here to equip you with everything you need. The key to healthy, fruiting plants is starting with a healthy baby plant. Vegetable starts that have been neglected, under-watered, or overly shaded are stressed. A lot like us, when plants get stressed they develop a compromised immune system, so starting your garden with a neglected vegetable baby could very well lead to a a plant that is much more susceptible to disease and insect infestations- and a disappointing yield. Our vegetable starts are lovingly tended to, ready to be planted in your garden and go straight to work! We have dozens of varieties of tomatoes and peppers, as well as cucumbers, watermelon, okra, and more. Back this year by popular demand, you'll find unique and intimidating varieties of hot peppers like Carolina reaper, ghost pepper, and scorpion pepper. Some vegetables are easily started from seed, so check our seed rack for heirloom varieties of beans, squash, snap peas, and root vegetables to round out your garden. For the culinary-minded, shop our wide selection of beautiful, fresh herb plants. Winter-hardy perennials like rosemary and lavender make lovely shrubby backdrops for planted summer-loving herbs like basil, cilantro, and dill. As always, if you don't know where to start, ask a team member for guidance! 

This summer, success tastes like a big slice of freshly picked 'mater covered in salt and eaten with your bare hands. Don't deny yourself your basic human rights!

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