BUY LO­CAL

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Farm Man­ager Amy Smith de­liv­ers fresh­lyp­icked veg­eta­bles once or twice a day, while or­ganic milk and eggs are avail­able from fam­ily farms in New­born and Mans­field. The cows are grass-fed, the chick­ens free-range, and the growth hor­mones and an­tibi­otics non ex­is­tent.

Green Livin’ Farms was started this year, and be­cause fruit trees take a cou­ple of years to grow and bear fruit, some of the fruit comes from out­side New­ton County, but it’s all still or­ganic Ge­or­gia pro­duce.

The sum­mer pro­duce is still in sea­son, and cus­tomers can buy re­fresh­ing fa­vorites like cu­cum­bers, toma­toes and wa­ter­melon. But as cal­en­dar pages turn, em­ployee Mandy Cor­ley said the fall pro­duce will be in soon, in­clud­ing broc­coli, cau­li­flower, cab­bage, baby car­rots, let­tuce, mus­tard greens, radishes, turnips and turnip greens. In ad­di­tion, a sec­ond plant­ing of toma­toes and squash means those will be avail­able into Oc­to­ber.

Green Livin’ opened this July and Cor­ley said the com­mu­nity has re­sponded well to the store.

“Busi­ness has been real steady. We have lots of regulars, which is re­ally fun, and we still have tons of peo­ple who stop by who didn’t even know we were open,” Cor­ley said.

Head and Man­ager Katherine Roper had a vi­sion to pro­vide high-qual­ity, lo­cal, or­ganic food at an af­ford­able price, while at the same pro­vid­ing lo­cal jobs, about eight of them. Head got in­volved in the busi­ness when Cor­ley and Roper taught a class at their lo­cal church about the ben­e­fits of eat­ing healthy and eat­ing or­ganic.

“Dar­rell got on board, but when he started buy­ing or­ganic, he found it was very ex­pen­sive at the store, so he de­cided to join the cause and help out by open­ing his own farm. He doesn’t do any­thing half­way,” Cor­ley said with a laugh.

Most of Green Livin’s prices can com­pare with reg­u­lar pro­duce at the store, giv­ing every­one the op­por­tu­nity to buy or­ganic. Green Livin’s pro­duce is not USDA Cer­ti­fied Or­ganic, be­cause the com­pli­cated and ex­pen­sive process would raise the prices sub­stan­tially. In­stead, Green Livin’ fol­lows the same prac­tices and pro­vides fresher food to its cus­tomers at a bet­ter price.

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