In addition to vegetable seedlings for gardeners to grow at home, we grow a few things ourselves for markets and restaurants. Our produce is known for its quality, superior flavor, and ecological source:
Heirloom varieties that are time-tested performers No fossil fuels used in production No fertilizers used on the soils or plants No herbicides to kill weeds, cultivation only Low till means we only disturb the soil to kill weeds, NO PLOWING Get to know our selection:
Cabbage, ‘Charleston Wakefield’ Available April – June Deliciously tender with large loose heads and big leaves. This heirloom was the result of a selection from Early Jersey Wakefield in the 1870s. Wakefield cabbages are cone-shaped, not round, and heads of Charleston Wakefield can be up to 6 lbs. You may need a bigger fridge!
Watermelon, ‘Yellow Flesh Moon & Stars’ Available July – September This rare heirloom was once grown widely in Georgia not even a century ago. Medium to large size melons have a “moon and stars” speckled pattern on the dark rind, rather than the stripes of “typical” melons. The yellow-orange flesh is soft and creamy with a mild sweetness. Keeps quite well when refrigerated. This variety was grown in the Shacklefords’ garden up until the 1970s, and we are happy to have it growing here again now!
Sweet Potatoes, ‘Georgia Jet’ Available September – November This heirloom of unknown origin (though believed to originate in Georgia) predates the now popular Covington and Beauregard varieties. Georgia Jet has a pinkish orange-red skin and a deep orange flesh. Unlike many sweet potato varieties, Georgia Jet is not shown to have originated from a University, making this a true heirloom variety. It is great for baking, and will hold up well in pies, sauces, ferments, and puddings!
Collards, ‘Georgia Green’ Available November – January Pre-1880 Georgia heirloom. Also known as ‘Georgia Creole’ or ‘Georgia Southern,’ these collards are the classic and everything you’d expect of a classic. Great taste, big broad leaves, thin stems, and excellent color. If you’re looking for the best collards, look no further.
Garlic, ‘Inchelium Red’ Available July – September Originating from the Colville Indian Reservation in Inchelium, WA, this superior tasting garlic can have light purple stripes and blotches making it beautiful and great tasting. It even has been recognized by the Rodale Institute for its flavor.
Wild Blackberries Available June – July For decades, the Shacklefords have come to the farm to pick the wild blackberries that grow here, and when there is enough, Feed the People Farms is happy to share! These sweet and juicy wild berries have a slight tartness, and a wide array of color, size, and shape. Warning: These sweet treats may not even make it home from market.
Winter Squash ‘North Georgia Candy Roaster’ Available September – November Candy Roasters are a type of sweet squash originally developed by post-Mississippian tribes. The ‘North Georgia Candy Roaster’ was renamed by the white-man following the occupation by the State of Georgia in the mid-1800s that remains to this day. It has been grown in this region for over 500 years – long before the European Conquest. It is a beautiful, large, and sweet fruit, sometimes weighing up to 15 pounds! Peach colored skin with blue highlights on the blossom end make this squash stand out and its bright orange colored flesh is reminiscent of a pumpkin. It is so sweet, sugar is not needed in pie and casserole dishes; the Cherokee use it in a corn-bean-squash soup for winter consumption rich in nutrients and flavor. This variety will keep refrigerated for up to NINE MONTHS making it one of the best storage crops in existence. Up until the mid-1900s this variety was widely grown and eaten by Appalachian families, not the pumpkin, until commercial agriculture largely replaced community self-reliance. This squash is not only absolutely delicious, but is a living testament to a resiliency and sustainable self-reliance that is absolutely necessary for today.