Farm Fresh.

first_imgThe market, Farm Fresh Tattnall, is actually a cooperative of 18 roadside markets and pick-your-own farms working together to provide fresh produce and family outings in southeast Georgia.”I don’t know of anyone else doing this in Georgia,” said Reid Torrance, Tattnall County coordinator for the University of Georgia Extension Service. “We think it’s a concept that’s going to be picked up around the state, though. It’s an outlet mall kind of thing.”Co-op Fruits, VegetablesThe 18 co-op members grow a variety of fruits and vegetables, from Vidalia onions, butterbeans, sweet corn and tomatoes to peaches, strawberries, blackberries and watermelons.Torrance worked with the growers, UGA economists and a number of others to form the co-op and begin the group’s joint marketing.”This is a marketing cooperative in which the growers have agreed to pool their resources,” said Kent Wolfe, an extension marketing and finance economist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Pooling Resources”They realize that if they pool their resources they’ll have a lot more money to advertise on television and in other ways that aren’t feasible for individual growers,” Wolfe said.The Georgia Department of Agriculture agreed to provide up to $20,000 in matching funds to support the cooperative.”We want it to be a start-up for other areas around the state,” said Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin. “Everybody’s interested in farm-fresh produce. And when you get the farmers into direct-marketing, you can’t get any fresher than that.”The U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Tattnall County government, local legislators and others came up with the required matching funds.Logo, BrochureWith part of the money, the co-op developed a logo and printed a slick brochure to promote the farms and markets. They mailed it to more than 16,000 households in seven counties.”The concept of us farmers getting together is the most unusual thing about this,” said Danny Durrence of D.C. Durrence Farm. “We’re usually trying to beat the other fellow out of a customer. But by pooling our resources, everybody’s going to benefit.”If a customer wants something Durrence doesn’t grow, he points out the closest of the farms that do have it. Torrance says that’s not as unusual as you might think. “There’s been a lot of cooperation among the group before,” he said.Most of the farms have fresh produce ready for their customers. But Durrence was getting calls even before he did.Family Outings”Some were old customers, but many were people who’ve seen the brochure,” he said. “Some people have even come out making a ‘dry run,’ just so they’d know where to come when everything’s ready. Three families came out in a group. They were home-schooling, and it was a day out for the kids, like a field trip.”Part of the appeal of Farm Fresh Tattnall is the trip to the farm. “You’d be surprised how many kids come here who’ve never seen a chicken or a cow or a tomato on the vine,” Durrence said.Torrance says the new co-op is selling the farms’ wonder as much as the fruits and vegetables. “We’re trying to market the country atmosphere and farm experience,” he said.last_img read more

Cricket News Sarfraz Ahmed and Faf du Plessis set unwanted ‘pair’ record in Centurion Test

first_imgNew Delhi: The Centurion Test was a memorable affair for South Africa and a not-so-memorable match for Pakistan. On a tough pitch, the Proteas held their nerve and secured a tense five-wicket win on the third day of the match to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. However, there was one common factor in the match. Both Sarfraz Ahmed and Faf du Plessis endured torrid times as captain. Sarfraz was dismissed for 0 in both innings while Du Plessis also suffered the same fate. This resulted in an unwanted record for both individuals and it was a historic moment but for all the wrong reasons.Sarfraz and Du Plessis became the first captains in history to be dismissed for a pair in the same Test match. In the first innings, Sarfraz edged a good length ball back onto the stumps bowled by Duanne Olivier to fall for a four-ball blob. In the second innings, Sarfraz chased a wide ball from Kagiso Rabada but he edged it du Plessis at slip who took a smart catch with one hand at slip.Read More | Mickey Arthur, Pakistan cricket coach, gets sanctioned by ICCOn the other hand, even du Plessis was not so lucky. The Proteas skipper departed first ball to Shaheen Afridi as he looked to flick a ball on leg stump to midwicket but instead got a leading edge to gully. In the second innings, du Plessis survived the King Pair but on the fifth ball he swung a short ball again from Afridi straight to Hasan Ali at long leg.  Read More | Arise, Sir Alastair Cook: Former England skipper gets special honourSarfraz became the fourth Pakistan skipper to be dismissed for a pair in Tests. The first one to achieve this unwanted record was Imtiaz Ahmed against England in the Dhaka Test of 1962. Rashid Latif was the next to fall for a pair during the Port Elizabeth Test against South Africa while Waqar Younis suffered the fate against Australia in Sharjah in 2002.Du Plessis is the third South Africa skipper to be dismissed for a pair, with the first one being Louis Tancred in 1912 against England at The Oval. The next South Africa captain to be dismissed for a pair came 104 years later and it was in Centurion, with AB de Villiers falling for a pair against England. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more