Lake Martin Voice Realty
Lake Martin vacationers: MainStreet Alexander City hosts a farmer’s market every Saturday morning from 7-11am. This is a quintessential summer activity; if you’re into fresh produce, local honey, goat cheese, BBQ sauce, soap, herbs, and baked goods, head downtown.
On any given Saturday morning you’re sure to run into the Jones family, Lake Martin homeowners from Atlanta, who are hip to things culinary, and fans of local produce. Despite having a world of foodie options in the city, they frequent the Alex City farmer’s market (and then the Piggly Wiggly meat counter right up the street) and create fantastic dishes to serve lakeside. If you’re lucky enough to be invited to dine with them, leave your cooler of Natural Light and pimento cheese at home. Allow Mr. Jones to set the menu.
We took our own family trip to the farmer’s market, and filmed this quick video so you can check it out too:
The Lake Martin community extends well past the shoreline into the small towns and countryside around it. The more you know about the area, the more you will feel at home here. If you need help finding that perfect lake home, or just want some ideas of things to do while you’re here, give me a call at 334 221 5862.
The Lake Martin area has a lot of great farms and farmers’ markets. Many times these hidden gems don’t even have websites, much less a marketing machine to let the average visitor know they are there.
It’s a shame, too, because so many of these places epitomize the recent trend back to healthy, locally sourced, “farm to fork” food in restaurants and on the table. Before the last couple of years, there was no way for the casual fan to help educate everyone else and share local hot spots with friends.
For those who haven’t heard about it, Yelp is a location based review service. If you have a smart phone, you can access Yelp through an app as you are driving around. If you are home or otherwise on a computer, access it via its website, Yelp.com.
Yelp lets you search for all kinds of local businesses – restaurants, hotels, coffee shops, retailers, even real estate brokerages like mine – they’re all there. You can get details of the business’s location, hours, phone number, etc. But all of these are second to its most powerful feature – customer reviews.
You can also “check in” to places while you’re there, which leads to friendly competition among your fellow consumers and maybe even freebies from the business.
Yelp also lets users create lists, and this is what I am using to pinpoint local farms, food sources, and farmers’ markets around Lake Martin.
Click Here for my Local Farms / Farmers Market List on Yelp
As I drive around the lake, I will add these farms to my list, or take pictures and enter these farms if they’re not already on Yelp. See – that’s another cool thing. If their business is not already on Yelp, you can take pictures, add tips, add them to Yelp, and draft a review, all on the fly.
So the next time you are hankering for some U Pick Blueberries, or organic eggs, or looking for wheat to grind, whip out your smart phone and check Yelp. Check FourSquare, too. You don’t have a smart phone? Don’t worry. Odds are, someone in your car does.
Have you found a farm or local produce grower in the Lake Martin area that’s not on my list?
Let me know! I would love to add them!