Savannah Area Farmers Markets

Savannah Farmers Markets

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Springtime signals the opening of farmers markets throughout the Savannah area. Farmers markets feature food and products sold directly by the farmers or the producer. The farmers markets usually have a variety of produce available to consumers from fruits, vegetables, meats, prepared foods and beverages. Because farmers are selling directly to their customers, it helps reduce the farmer’s “overhead” costs such as transportation, handling, storage, refrigeration and cost of renting a permanent retail space. Farmers markets can be in one place or move around on a weekly basis. Depending on the climate, they are open year round, however, the majority of farmers markets open up in the spring and are open until late fall. There are many great Farmers Markets in the Savannah area. Here is just a small list! Head out and check out the great locally produced food!

Wilmington Island Farmers Market

The Wilmington Island Farmers Market  is held at the Islands Community Church in Savannah every Saturday from 9am to 1pm. There is a spring market that runs to June 28th and a fall market that runs September 6th to December 20th. Each week, there are special events for the entire family from storytellers to arts and crafts to local entertainers.

Bethesda Academy Farm and Gardens Farm Stand

The Bethesda Academy in Savannah hosts the Farm and Garden Farm Stand every Thursday from 3-5:30pm. The stand, run by Bethesda students, focuses on organic products such as produce, garden seedlings and farm-fresh eggs. The students are actively involved in the planting, cultivating and harvesting of the produce using sustainable organic farming techniques.

Forsyth Farmers Market

The Forsyth Farmers Market is held every Saturday morning from 9am to 1pm at the South End of Forsyth Park. The market’s mission is to “promote the understanding and participation in the local food system that supports sustainability and increase use of local products.” The market was created in 2009 as a producer-only market, which is focused on the farmer and the producer selling items directly to their consumers.

Savannah Farmers Market

The Savannah Farmers Market is open year round. This market features locally grown season fruits, vegetables, nursery plants, sod, pumpkins and Christmas trees. There is also a florist and a restaurant on the grounds. The market is run by the Georgia Department of Agriculture.

Hinesville Farmers Market

The biggest farmers market in Liberty County is the Hinesville Farmers Market, which has spring, summer and fall markets. The spring market opens in March and runs for 2 months. The summer market opens in the first week of May and runs through October. The fall market is held in November. The market is held every Thursday afternoon from 5:30-7pm in Bradwell Park. There is a variety of produce offered at the market from fruits and vegetables to fresh honey and pasta. There are also concerts from local and regional performers at the market on a monthly basis.

 

 

Memorial Day Weekend in Savannah

Memorial Day weekend in Savannah

 

Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start of summer. It is time to have family and friend picnics or barbecue and welcome the “lazy hazy” summer days. Memorial Day is a national holiday to honor those who have served to protect the rights and freedoms of American citizens from the American Revolution over 230 years ago to current conflicts around the world. Memorial Day was first celebrated in 1868 with the name of “Decoration Day”. Over time, the name changed to Memorial Day. In 1971 the last Monday of the month of May was declared to be Memorial Day, also allowing the 3 day long holiday weekend. On Memorial Day, please take a moment to think about the 230 soldiers and their families who are deployed from Ft. Stewart to bases around the world.

There are many fun events to celebrate the holiday weekend from honoring our fallen military to special holiday weekend tours in Savannah. The Armed Forces Festival will take play May 23 to 25th at Rousakis Riverfront Plaza in downtown Savannah. There will be activities, arts and crafts and patriotic entertainment for the entire family. The proceeds for the event go to the Georgia National Guard Family Support Foundation.

Savannah has a rich history dating back to the early 1700’s. You can experience living in Savannah in the early 19th century by attending Tea in the Garden at Davenport House.  You will be able to participate in afternoon tea as well as get a tour of the house. Step back to the mid to late 19th century with a special nighttime gaslight tour of Girl Scout Founder, Juliette Gordon Low’s birthplace. Join in the celebration at Old Fort Jackson  for protecting Savannah for nearly 100 years from Revolutionary War to The Civil War.

Tybee Arts Association will have their annual art show and sale at the Tybee Arts Building. The art show and sale will showcase local artisans including paintings, sculpture, jewelry, prints, photography, pottery and much more! The sun runs Friday, May 23rd to Sunday, May 25th.

Memorial Day also starts the busy moving and storing season. As soon as the kids are out of school, the moving process starts. The moving process can be a challenge, but not if you know what you renting and what is worth storing. Stop N Stor is conveniently located in Savannah, Port Wentworth Network and Hinesville, Georgia. We are here to help you with all of your storage needs from packing supplies to unit security. Stop in  today to see how we can help with your storage questions.

No matter how your holiday weekend, take a moment to think about the many men and women who have fought to protect our freedoms!

Happy Memorial Day!!

10 Summer Moving Tips

10 Summer Moving TipsMemorial Day weekend starts the busy moving season.  Families start moving to new cities and homes as soon as the school year ends, so they are settled in time for the new school year to begin in the fall. The summer is also the busiest time for the self storage industry. As people are moving, downsizing homes, or even just starting out in a first apartment, they are using self storage to store the belongings that they no longer have the room for, but still need to keep.

Moving can be very stressful.  If you plan and prepare ahead of time, you can be ready for your big moving day. There are many tasks that you don’t think about when you have to move, but they are vital to making things go smoothly.  During the summer months, you have to take special precaution to protect the items that you are moving from extreme temperatures. It is very important to keep cool and calm during the summer moves! Here are a few of these tasks as well as some other tips to make your summer moving process as stress free as possible:

1. Decide if you are hiring a moving company or renting a moving truck on your home and having friends and family help you move.  If you are hiring a moving company, make sure to have at least 3 in-person estimates for the cost of the move before you decide which company to use. Moving resources can be scarce during the summer, so be prepared to have a back-up plan in mind if you can’t get a moving truck for the day that you need it.

2. Be organized! Decide what items will go into each room in your new home. You can then prepare and pack the boxes for each room. Don’t forget to put the room on the boxes, so it can be put in the proper place. Also, label the boxes and keep an inventory list of the boxes that you are moving, so you have a reference on moving day.

3. About a month before you move, send the change of address forms to your credit card companies. Also set up the utilities in your new home and schedule the time to turn off the utilities in your old home.

4. Start packing as early as possible. This will give you the time to sort through your items to decide what you are keeping, donating or throwing away.

5. If you have children or pets, make sure that they are with a babysitter on the day of the move.

6. Dispose of paint, detergents and pesticides in an eco-friendly way. If these items need to be move, pack them in a smaller box inside a larger box to reduce the chance of leaks.

7. Move valuables, houseplants and items that you will need right away in your new home, in your car, not in the moving truck.

8. Since the summer weekends get booked very quickly, try to move on the least busy days of the week, usually mid-week and during the middle of the month. The busiest days are Memorial Day weekend and the last weekend in July.

9. Be aware of items that should not go in a moving truck in the hot months of the summer. For example, candles should not be kept in a hot moving truck, because they can melt. Leather upholstered furniture can sweat when wrapped in plastic in a hot area damaging the furniture and CDs and DVDs can warp over time in a hot truck.

10. Be kind to the movers. They get hot during the summer months as well. Make sure to have cold water available. Some people also offer lunches for their moving teams.

Good Luck with your summer moving! If you need packing or moving supplies, stop into the Stop N Stor locations  in Savannah, Port Wentworth and Hinesville, Georgia.