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April 1, 2015





Brandon Ashley, (478) 474-0679 ext. 5212,




MACON, Ga. – Would you like to know where your food comes from? How about a chance to play in the dirt?
The many strawberry growers at Georgia Farm Bureau Certified Farm Markets have you covered.

How about a sweet treat? Of course, they can accommodate you there, too.


“To me, a visit to the farm is a priceless experience,” said Neely South of Sweet South Strawberry Farm in Thomaston. “We had a lot of kids last year that never realized that strawberries grow on the ground like that. They think that they just go to the grocery store and buy them.”


Sweet South has been producing strawberries for four years and is in its first year as a Georgia Farm Bureau Certified Farm Market. The farm has a roadside stand where visitors can pick their own or buy some that the Souths have picked and packaged for them. The farm also offers strawberry ice cream and strawberry shortcake.


“People that live on our farm do all the work,” South said. “You get that down-home feel, and we think that makes it more personable.”


Approximately 375 students visited Sweet South last year on school field trips and many families enjoy farm visits on the weekends to pick their own basket of strawberries.


Sweet South is one of 92 GFB Certified Farm Markets across the state, offering a wide variety of produce and on-farm experiences. More than a third of the GFB Certified Farm Markets grow and sell strawberries.


According to the Georgia Strawberry Growers Association, strawberries are fat free and contain lots of potassium, fiber and folic acid. Eight medium-sized strawberries contain 160 percent of the USDA’s recommended daily allowance of vitamin C.

“Visiting our Certified Farm Market strawberry farms is a great way to see for yourself what’s happening on our farms,” said GFB President Zippy Duvall. “It’s a chance to be outside, touch the plants and come away with a nutritious and delicious snack.”


Some CFMs in South Georgia already have strawberries for sale. Those in the central and northern portions of the state expect to have them ripe and ready in early April. South advised consumers to call ahead for availability, particularly if they want large quantities of berries.


GFB’s 2015 Certified Farm Markets brochures are now available, providing location and contact information for the markets.


For more information about Georgia Farm Bureau Certified Farm Markets, including a directory of markets in various areas of the state, visit


Founded in 1937, Georgia Farm Bureau is the state’s largest general farm organization and has 158 county offices. Its volunteer members actively participate in local, state and national activities that promote agriculture awareness to their non-farming neighbors. GFB also has 20 agricultural commodity advisory committees that give the organization input on issues pertinent to the major crops and livestock grown in Georgia.            




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Some of the delicious offerings at Sweet South Strawberry Farm in Thomaston, one of more than 90 Georgia Farm Bureau Certified Farm Markets across the state. (Photo courtesy of Sweet South Strawberry Farm)






Devils Food cake mix
3.4 ounce package instant vanilla pudding
1 pound Georgia strawberries, washed and sliced
2 cups whipped cream




Prepare cake according to package directions for a 9x13 inch pan, cool and cut in 1 inch cubes.*


Prepare pudding according to directions.


In a large bowl layer cake, pudding, whipped cream. cover and chill before serving.


Serves 10


*You may only need about 3/4 of the cake, use the remainder for another snack.