When most people I know go out of town, they go to places like local restaurants, art galleries, or other tourist attractions. Not us. When my wife and I go somewhere new we visit the local nurseries to see what new and interesting plants they might be selling that we just have to have on our landscape. In fact, we’ve visited so many different nurseries that my GPS app has replaced the “restaurants” button with a “nurseries” button on the top menu. We always end up buying plants, of course, and then have to figure out how to keep them alive until we get back home.
We never know where we will plant them either. We just say to ourselves, “We don’t have one of these! Let’s get it!” and then, after the stress of keeping them alive for the rest of the trip, we get to try to keep them alive until we figure out the best place to plant them. Quite often, this involves building another garden bed. After we plant them, we have to try to keep them alive until they become established. That isn’t so easy to do during a sweltering Georgia summer. Some plants would rather not be planted in this heat. Not that I blame them.
There is a problem with our little hobby, however. You see, we get so involved with the finding and planting and taking care of all the plants and animals on the farm that we often forget to sit back and enjoy the fruits of our labors. We have beautiful flowers and plants that we found on our travels and they are thriving, but unless we stop and take notice of them, what good did all that trouble do for us. Yes, gardening and farming takes a lot of time and effort. So much, in fact, that it sometimes seems like there isn’t much time for anything else. However, if we don’t stop and take the time to enjoy the beauty of our efforts, we miss out on the very reason we started gardening in the first place.
One of the best places to enjoy beauty is at one of our farmers markets! Our farmers work hard to bring many varieties of fruits, vegetables, and even flowers for people to enjoy. Come see us at the following markets:
Laney Walker Farmers Market - 1st Friday of every month, 4:30-7:00pm at 850 Laney Walker Blvd., Augusta, GA
Veggie Park Farmers Market - Every Thursday until November, 3:30-7:00pm at 631 Chafee Ave., Augusta, GA
A Farmers Market for Alex - The last Friday of every month, 11:00am-2:00pm at 451 E. Hill St., Thomson, GA
We are also celebrating the grand opening of the HUB for Community Innovation at 631 Chafee Ave, Augusta. Join us in support of the Harrisburg and Laney Walker communities while learning about the HUB partner services and enjoying the festivities.
Friday, June 24: Ribbon Cutting and Tours
10 AM - 11 AM
Saturday, June 25: Community Celebration
10 AM - 1 PM