In the spotlight. . . Five Cedars Farm of Cedartown

The Standard Journal - - FARM & GARDEN -

( Editor’s Note: First in a se­ries spot­light­ing lo­cal and area farm­ers, who par­tic­i­pate in the Rockmart Farm­ers Mar­ket.)

Five Cedars Farm is a beau­ti­ful, well-orga- nized veg­etable and fruit farm owned and op­er­ated by Hank and Deb­bie Con­nelly. In­clud­ing their hoop house and barn, they have 3 acres of prop­erty de­voted to farm­ing. What started as 4 rows to pro­duce their own food has turned into an award -win­ning, full time job that the Con­nelly’s take great pride in.

Hank and Deb­bie Con­nelly met in Washington DC, both work­ing in the cor­po­rate world. Af­ter re­tir­ing, the cou­ple de­cided to move to Cedartown.

The Con­nelly’s pur­chased part of Deb­bie’s fa­ther’s prop­erty to build their home. Once the cou­ple set­tled, her fa­ther plowed 4 rows to start their gar­den. The gar­den and in­ter­est in grow­ing and pre­serv­ing their harvest con­tin­ued to ex­pand.

The cou­ple soon de­cided to place a road­side stand at the end of their drive­way to sell their ex­tra crops to the public, just as Deb­bie’s fam­ily had done when she was grow­ing up. Five Cedars Farm quickly be­came a hit.

Since that time, the cou­ple has built a barn, put in an ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem and added a hoop house to their prop­erty.

The barn serves as the base of their op­er­a­tion now; this pre­vents traf­fic from back­ing up on the road and al­lows their cus­tomers to see where ev­ery­thing is grown.

Five Cedars Farm does an ex­cel­lent job en­sur­ing a con­stant crop of toma­toes each year, plant­ing well over 1,000 plants through­out the sea­son.

There are also toma­toes, water­mel­ons, can­taloupes, sweet pota­toes, okra, cu­cum­bers, green beans, egg­plants, snap peas and a wide as­sort­ment of pep­pers.

Ad­di­tion­ally, Five Cedars Farm pre­pares a range of de­li­cious pre­served foods us­ing in­gre­di­ents grown at their farm.

You can visit Five Cedars Farm any day of the week and ev­ery Thurs­day at the Rockmart Farm­ers Mar­ket in down­town Rockmart.

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