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Now that I have your attention, you should know that  I’m not referring to your average beer, average babe or average vegetable! I’m talking about local hand brewed ales paired with several courses of organic local foods that were grown by female farmers right here in Georgia. 

This Saturday, September 18th we’ll be at 5 Seasons Restaurant and Brewery in Alpharetta for a very special event they are calling “Fall in Love With a Female Farmer Beer Dinner”. Each course will be paired with one of their hand brewed ales and all of the food served will have been grown by local female farmers, many of whom will be attending. So plan on coming out to chow down with us and hear about some of the amazing farms in the area!

 Check out the 5 Seasons website to find out more and reserve your spot.

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Nope, I am absolutely not talking about football.  Not that there is anything wrong with football, its just a little early in the year for that particular type of tailgating.  I am talking about  local tailgate markets where farmers and artisans come together to lay out their wares for purchase.  Tailgate markets are a wonderful way to suppport your local economy, purchase some of the absolute best produce and meats you could imagine and meet the people who grow and care for your food.

This year Rockstar Farms will be selling our produce at the Whistle Stop Farmers Market in Norcross every Tuesday from 4-7 beginning June 1.   We’ll even have the Tree Sound mobile solar rig and live music from our own Farmer Phatty on several dates including the opening day.  We hope you’ll come out and help support those hardworking farmers like us.

And if you are too far from the area or can’t make it on a Tuesday, I’ve listed some of our favorite tailgate markets in the area. Take a gander and make a plan to get to one of these amazing events.  We promise…you will LOVE it!

1. Whistle Stop Farmers Market in Norcross

Every Tuesday 4-7 beginning June 1  http://norcrossfarmersmarket.com/

2. Morningside Farmers Market in Atlanta

Every Saturday 8-11:30am   http://www.morningsidemarket.com/

3. Sandy Springs Farmers Market in Sandy Springs

Every Saturday 8:30-12:30  http://www.sandyspringsfarmersmarket.com/

4. Historic Market on The Square in Gainesville

Every Friday 2:30-6:30 beginning June 4 http://webpages.charter.net/srthomas625/

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Paul Diaz, founder of both Tree Sound Studios and our beloved Rock Star Farms talks to planet harmony about the environment, hip-hop and being a beet farmer.

Hip-Hop and environmental action. Tree Sound Studios in Atlanta combine both, so listen up.

Click HERE to listen to the podcast on Planet Harmony

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Rule number one in gardening….JUST DO IT!  If you’ve ever been too timid to put a particular vegetable in the ground, don’t be. There is a ton of information out there on the internet and plenty of seasoned gardeners and farmers who are more than willing to pass on valuable information…like us, here at Rock Star Farms. 

It wasn’t too long ago that I was just plain scared of planting something like an onion because I had no idea how to do it – what type to choose, where to plant them, how to care for them…the excuses just went on and on.  I’m thrilled to say, thanks to my experience here on the farm and priceless guidance from a variety of seasoned farmers, these fears are slowing being erased.

We’re planting onions!!  

Back in late January we selected several varieties (yellow granex, first edition, candy, red candy apple and copra). All in all about 1,000 little seedlings went into the bed. Unfortunately we had some pretty severe weather that wiped out a little under half of what we planted, but we still have over 500 onion plants growing strong that will be ready for harvest in the next couple of months!

So, no matter what you want to start planting this spring, don’t let fear of the unknown stop you and always plant more than what you want because there inevitably will be casualties. 

If you want some quick tips on growing onions, click here

And as always, thanks for checking us out and HAPPY FARMING!

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Sunshine Diaz, left, Amy Senn, center and Patrick Stacey lay out produce as they prepare to put together CSA packages at Rock Star Farms in Forsyth County.

When the Gainesville Times called last Wednesday to request a tour of the farm and an interview, we were happy to accommodate.  They had been pointed in our direction by Georgia Organics, who this past weekend, hosted the Georgia Organics Conference in Athens where hundreds of  farmers and garden enthusiasts gathered to network and participate in educational workshops.

The resulting article not only provides a nice mention about Rock Star Farms, but gives a great overview on what’s happening on the political front as it relates to agriculture here in GA. Currently there are several bills being presented which will greatly affect small farmers in and around the Southeast. Check out the article, find out how to get involved and remember to always…

“Vote with your fork!”

Here’s an excerpt from the article which appeared in Sunday’s paper

Organic farmers hope to reap benefits from leadership change
Local growers seek policies helpful to industry from new ag commissioner

By Ashely Fielding

Sunshine Diaz picking lettuce at Rock Star Farms Image by Tom Reed (Gainesville Times)

Sunshine Diaz, owner of Rock Star Farms in Gainesville, has hope that the Georgia’s attitude toward small and organic producers will change. Diaz and her husband, who have been involved with Georgia Organics for the last three years, started their own naturally-grown produce farm near Browns Bridge Road last summer.

“I think the more we have local farms, the more we empower our communities, and there’s nothing you can do to stop that once it gets started. And it is started,” Diaz said.

But Nashville-based goat farmer Tom Kuettner said he won’t be looking for any help from the state’s new ag commissioner.

“I haven’t seen anything I like in the ag department,” Kuettner said.

Still, he is looking for legislation that affects smaller farmers and those who cater to the emerging demand for local food.

Visit the Gainesville Times to read the entire article. All images provided by Tom Reed of the Gainesville Times.

Click here to learn more about Georgia Organics.


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Sunshine showing off Rock Star Farms winter veggies - best tasting greens you'll ever eat...guaranteed!

We’re super excited to tell you that Rock Star Farms is ready to launch our first winter CSA!  We’ll provide organic and bio-dynamically grown winter veggies for 10 families beginning this week. More shares will become available in the spring. Watch your email for more information, and in case you are wondering what the heck a CSA is and why its important to join one,  check out this article from localharvest.org

Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of “shares” to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a “membership” or a “subscription”) and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.

This arrangement creates several rewards for both the farmer and the consumer.  In brief…

Advantages for farmers:

  • Get to spend time marketing the food early in the year, before their 16 hour days in the field begin
  • Receive payment early in the season, which helps with the farm’s cash flow
  • Have an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food they grow

Advantages for consumers:

  • Eat ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits
  • Get exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking
  • Usually get to visit the farm at least once a season
  • Find that kids typically favor food from “their” farm – even veggies they’ve never been known to eat
  • Develop a relationship with the farmer who grows their food and learn more about how food is grown

Click here to read the full article from Local Harvest.Org

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Its February 1 today and even in these cold months, we are growing strong here at Rock Star Farms. Our winter crops will soon be ready to harvest and we are planning for our early spring planting, which is right around the corner. One of the many preparatory tasks that are on the agenda is building our soil with organic matter.  

Now before I started farming, I assumed you just took a seed, stuck it in the ground and wa-la instant plant. Well, sometimes it actually can be that easy, but to create the best possible growing situation, you need healthy, nutrient rich, loamy soil. This does not come naturally to most areas of Georgia, where the red clay rules.  Fortunately we have some good friends at Natures Helper who gave us a great deal on an abundant supply of organic amendments that we have been and will continue to add to our soil as we prepare for plantings. 

As you’ll see in the video, Patrick introduces you to our ONION RING and the process that he is using to ready the ring for onion planting on Wednesday. Thanks for visiting us today, we hope you keep coming back to check out how we’re growing!

Helpful About.Com articles on soil building:   The Dirt On Soil   / Soil Amendments

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