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By Good Earth 24 May, 2017

I'm talking about y'all. And about me, for that matter.

I am new to Augusta. My family are part of the wave of military families flocking to Fort Gordon. I have two kids, a job, hobbies, interests, and no experience in a garden whatsoever.

When I arrived in Augusta last June, Georgia was experiencing a particularly hot summer. In fact, every person I met kindly pointed out that the summer of 2016 was exceptionally stifling. It was nice to know that I wasn't the only one suffering, but it did not make me want to venture outside much. 

My handy husband, on the other hand, found himself bit by the Pinterest bug. While I was alternating between AC and pool time, he went to work building me these pretty impressive raised garden beds .

By Good Earth 24 May, 2017
Add that to the list of things you never thought you'd say (but will).

I mean, come on. Who really pays attention to the quality of a baking potato? Potatoes just are what they are: brown, kind of lumpy, and really delicious with butter and salt. 

That's what you likely think until you talk to a potato farmer. "I had no idea there were different grades of potatoes," Good Earth owner Rick Catts admits, echoing what the rest of us are thinking. "The truth is, in the same way there are different types of apples, there are also different types of potatoes!"

Indeed, until you have tried a Pink Lady or a Honey Crisp apple, you may think that the Red Delicious  is the only (and therefore the best) apple on the stand. 

The Burbank baking potato is like the Honey Crisp of the potato family. It's flesh is more flavorful and buttery than any Idaho or Russet you'll ever bake. 
By Good Earth 12 May, 2017
I'm a big fan of anything that falls under the "fix it and forget it" category. Because the truth is, I usually do anyway.A busy mom of two, I basically have two treatments for vegetables: roasted or grilled. Recipes that involve both of these techniques tend to involve the same simple ingredients: vegetables, oil, salt and pepper. The prepping process, too, is minimal. 

Lend me your ears
It's now May, and corn on the cob season is underway. Corn on the cob as a side dish is the epitome of simple. Growing up I always had it boiled, rolled in butter, and generously coated in table salt. My mom had these corn holders that looked like little ears of corn, themselves, and they stuck out of either side of the cob so we could hold them without getting our fingers coated in butter. Funny: they never seemed to work that well, and I recall quite a bit of finger-licking occurring once the kernels were eaten.

Anyway... Now that I'm the mom, I don't have the time or patience that mine did to boil corn - let alone to shuck it. Enter: Good Earth.

Now, I have heard about grilling corn, but I hadn't even got on board. However today , because 1) the price was right, and 2) it's in season,  I grabbed a few ears of pre-shucked corn and a few still in the husk. (I also picked up zucchini and squash , portobello mushrooms, and a "broccoflower," because as long as the grill is on, I might as well toss on some extras veggies.)

By Good Earth 11 May, 2017
Zucchini is one of those vegetables that is easy to grow in a home garden, so everybody does. When summer rolls around, zucchini and squash are abundant and available at great prices at your local farmer's market. Suddenly, everyone's got tons of zucchini and only one or two ideas for how to transform it into something edible (think: zucchini bread). 

I love zucchini bread as much as the next person. After all, I have two children, and sometimes adding a vegetable to a baked treat might be the only way to get it past them at all. (Note to self: make zucchini bread)

The thing is, I just don't have time to bake right now. Still, I do have a food budget, and when zucchini is available at a bargain, I just can't pass it up. And because its cute little yellow squash cousin is almost always the same price - and it adds a splash of color - I'll grab a few of those as well. 
By Good Earth 03 May, 2017
In a perfect world, we would remember every birthday, holiday, anniversary, or special occasion, and have ample time to create a thoughtful, handmade gift specifically designed with the recipient in mind.

Admit it: we don't always have the time for that! Life has a tendency to get in the way of crafting. But you musn't berate yourself if your Pinterest boards go untouched for another season; if you don't have the time to design, shop for, and create a gift by hand. The art of gift-giving is knowing who is receiving the item(s) and choosing that which will be meaningful to them.
By Good Earth 29 Apr, 2017
Wait...is that a joke?

Okay, so tomatoes and mangoes aren't a classic duo, but they do have a few things in common: they are both fruits (yes, even you, tomato); they both taste great in salsa; and they are both essential to this unique recipe that was conceived by Good Earth's resident chef. Props to you, Carmen!

If you have not yet been bitten by the salty/sweet bug (think: salted caramel - or chocolate!), this recipe will bring you over to the dark side. Crispy phyllo shell cups, a bed of melted cheese - always a winner! - and a heaping helping of the aforementioned fruits, marinated in local honey. What more could you ask for? If you say "basil," then you are ready for the full recipe! 

Here it is, y'all!

Recipe:
Makes 15 cups
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 5 min

1 package mini fillo shells (we recommend Athens brand)
1 ripe mango, finely diced
1 lb heirloom tomatoes, finely diced
2 tbsp Byne Blueberry Farm local honey
1 lemon
4 oz Troyer mozzarella cheese, grated
8-10 basil leaves, julienned
kosher salt
pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

While oven is preheating, combine diced mango, tomatoes, honey, the juice of 1 lemon in a bowl. Allow ingredients to marinate and flavors to meld. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Once the filling is prepared, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place fillo cups on baking sheet and fill with 1 tsp grated mozzarella. Bake in preheated oven for 5 minutes, until cups are crispy and cheese is melted. 

Remove cups from oven and allow them to cool slightly. Fill cooled fillo cups with tomato-mango filling. Top with a few strips of julienned basil.

Enjoy at room temperature!



By Good Earth 14 Mar, 2017
Broccoli and casserole seem to go hand-in-hand. But sometimes, even a casserole requires too much effort. Roasting broccoli is incredibly simple; the result is impressive and unexpectedly good. Serve with grilled salmon or steaks, and you'll be hooked on this side dish. It's actually healthy (but no one will notice).
By Good Earth 13 Mar, 2017
Asparagus has gotten a bad rap. For years it was served blanched or boiled to death, which is hardly appealing. But, like so many other green vegetables, even delicate asparagus spears can be roasted. The heat gives the tips a crispy texture and a smoky, caramelized flavor. When you are tired of green beans, roasted asparagus are a perfect, classy alternative.
By Good Earth 13 Mar, 2017
It's been said that bacon makes everything better. In this recipe, bacon's Italian cousin dresses up simple asparagus and turns it into something fancy. After a simple drizzle of olive oil, a sprinkling of S&P, and a quick trip into the oven, your next favorite appetizer/side dish is ready to serve. The best part: this is one of those super-simple recipes that will dazzle your dinner guests - and it takes almost no effort at all to make!
By Good Earth 10 Oct, 2016
Not only is it fall, but it's apple season! Depending on your use of the apples you purchase, you may need some guidance on which apples are best for: baking, sauces, butter..the list goes on. ...Or maybe you're wanting to get several different kinds of apples but aren't quite sure what the taste or texture is. 

Well, you've come to the right place. We've jotted down descriptions of each of the apple varieties to make things a little easier!

Red Delicious : A creamy texture and a sweet, tart flavor; this relatively soft apple is quite the all-purpose apple. You can bake it, cook it, or just enjoy it raw.

Fugi : Hailing from Japan, this sweet fleshed apple is great for storing.

Jonathan : A classic American heirloom, with a crisp bite and lots of juice. Its flavor is mildly sweet with a subtle hint of tang and spice. Great for baking!

Granny Smith : A native of Australia, this large, firm, tart apple can be eaten alone, or baked into a delicious dessert.

Gala : Aromatic and juicy! Great for slicing or just sinking your teeth into.

Rome : With its thick and firm flesh, this apple is primarily used for baking, as cooking will only cause its flavor to deepen.

McIntosh : This soft fleshed apple is perfect for making apple sauce or butter; but not necessarily for baking.

Golden Supreme : An all-purpose apple! Ideal for salads, sauces, freezing, or just taking a big bite out of.

Honey Crisp : A sweet, firm, tart apple that explodes with flavor when eaten raw. 
By Good Earth 26 Sep, 2016
It's time to get your hands on the recipe many of you have been waiting for! 

Saturday Samplings are such a fun way to be creative with our products, and it's more exciting when customers are asking for the recipe!! It's honestly so easy. This treat would be perfect for the upcoming fall mornings, or even as a dessert. 

Caramel Pecan Apple Butter Strudel
Ingredients: 
  • 1 jar of Caramel Pecan Apple Butter made by The Dutch Kettle
  • puff pastry from the frozen food section of any grocery store
  • brown sugar & cinnamon
  • white glaze icing  

Instructions:
  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees
  • Unfold puff pastry sheets
  • Grab jar of Caramel Pecan Apple Butter, and spread medium/thick layer leaving 1 inch between the apple butter and edge of pastry.
  • Fold pastry in half, sprinkle top with brown sugar and cinnamon to your taste.
  • Bake in the oven for approximately 15 minutes. While strudel is baking, prepare white glaze icing.
  • Take strudel out of the oven and let cool. After cooling, drizzle the white glaze icing. 
  • Cut into smaller rectangles or triangles and serve!

It's really that simple! Give it a try, upload your photos and tag us on Facebook and Instagram!
By Good Earth 13 Aug, 2016
We had a WONDERFUL Saturday Sampling this weekend! Made possible by our great and talented staff, we handed out samples of delicious Southern Peach Cobbler-made with our very own Edgefield County peaches. 

In case you haven't heard, August is National Peach Month... And we thought it would be a great idea to celebrate this month with a sweet and warm treat for our customers. Not to mention, peach season is approaching; that means you better get 'em while you can!

Many customers that shopped at our market after the samples ran out have requested the recipe. Well, your wish is our command!

Ingredients for Filling:

  • 8 fresh peeled, pitted and cut into wedges
  • 1/4cp sugar
  • 1/4cp Brown sugar
  • 1/4tea cinnamon
  • 1/8tea nutmeg
  • 1tea fresh lemon juice
  • 2tea cornstarch

 

Ingredients for Topping:

  • 1cp all-purpose flour
  • 1/4cp sugar
  • 1/4cp brown sugar
  • 1tea baking powder
  • 1/2tea sea salt
  • 6tbl unsalted butter (chilled and cut into small pieces)
  • 1/4cp boiling water
  • 3tbl sugar
  • 1tea cinnamon

 

Instructions:

Preheat oven at 425 degrees.

Combine peaches, sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice, and cornstarch in large bowl. Toss to coat evenly, then pour into a 2qt baking dish. Bake for 10min.

In separate bowl, combine flour, sugars, baking powder and salt. Using your fingertips, gently work the butter into the mixture until it resembles a course meal. Stir in water until just combined.

After removing peaches from oven, drop spoonfuls of topping over them. Go on to cover entire cobbler with cinnamon/sugar mixture. Bake for about 30 minutes.

 


By Good Earth 28 Jul, 2016
On Saturday, July 23rd, Good Earth put together a Saturday Sampling that combined a few great things: fresh produce from under the tent, a grill, and Bye Bye Mosquito bricks!

Summer is the season for grilling, eating sweet and savory fruits and vegetables, and (unfortunately) mosquitoes. We decided to put together veggie kabobs featuring squash, zucchini, eggplant, onions, peppers and tomatoes. To kick it up a notch, we threw on some peaches, pineapple, and watermelon! YES--you read that correctly. Watermelon on the grill! For the vegetables we used Oliver Farm sunflower oil along with garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper.

Many customers know about the Bye Bye Mosquito bricks we carry, located next to the registers. However, many customers are not familiar with it either. It's a great alternative to candles and sprays! It's 100% natural coconut husk fiber, no artificial ingredients, eco-friendly, safe for humans and pets, pleasant aroma, no messy oils or wicks, no sticky sprays or smelly lotions. It's so easy to use, too! Split about 1/2 in thick chips off the block, light an edge of the chip and place on a fire proof surface, and place lit chips every 20-25 ft apart to repel mosquitoes. It's a locally made product, right here in Augusta, Georgia. 

At Good Earth, we love our customers whether you've been coming for years or if it's your first time walking through the gate. Saturday Samplings are just one of the many ways we like to show our appreciation! 
By Good Earth 02 Jul, 2016
On the morning of Saturday, June 25th, Good Earth hosted another Saturday Sampling featuring coffee and muffins... but not your typical coffee and muffins--no. These two completely top what you've had before.

Let's start with the coffee: Back Porch Coffee Co. treated us with their (micro)roasted, cold brew coffee.  One of the more interesting things about this cold brew coffee, it honestly didn't require any cream and/or sugar. When the coffee is brewed this way, it has a lower acidity level. As a result, it naturally tastes sweeter and cancels out the harsh bitterness of hot coffee. OH! And it has more caffeine...which is  really  why we drink coffee, right? However, this way you'll enjoy the pick-me-up AND the flavor!

Apart from the cold brewed coffee, Back Porch is (micro)roasted in Avera, Georgia where the beans are freshly roasted, and can also custom roast to your liking. 

Moving on to the muffins. Vegan-friendly and gourmet muffins from Mad Yum! Muffins were just the perfect match for the coffee. Elijah Miles, creator and chef of the sweet and savory concoctions, puts it perfectly: "Mad Yum is the utter expression from a close family friends mouth from the first taste of one of my muffins. I focus on creating a healthy treat for friends and company that is light and hearty. I started making vegan muffins first to prove to others around me a healthy eating alternative without any meat or dairy can be just as tasty. All of my ingredients are fresh from the market. I have now expanded my base with a selection of savory muffins that reminds you of true southern cuisine tied with a ribbon to make you aware this is a treat that you deserve and you don't have to feel guilty about."

No matter which flavor muffin you choose to eat, it's certainly a treat! 
By Good Earth 09 Jun, 2016
On Saturday, May 28, 2016 Good Earth Produce and Garden Center held a Memorial Day Weekend Saturday Sampling. This was such a great opportunity to not only engage with our incredible customers, but to put together a couple recipes for side dishes along with samples to try and "grab-n-go" bags with all of the produce and herbs necessary to make them! The turnout was great, and customers absolutely loved the samples. 

While planning this Saturday Sampling, we asked ourselves  what are your typical side dishes for gatherings...that feed a lot of people...and REALLY GOOD?  Well, an associate of Good Earth came to the rescue: potato salad and Mint Julep salad, both family recipes. 

Needless to say, they were both a big hit that warm afternoon... And the concept of the "grab-n-go" bag was genius!

If you were unable to come out that day, you're in luck! Below are the recipes for both salads:

Potato Salad  (serves 4-6)
  • 2 1/2 lbs red potatoes
  • 1/2 cup sunflower or pecan oil (Good Earth sells both, made at Oliver Farms located near Pitts, Georgia)
  • 3 tbsp white wine vinegar 
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp fresh Italian parsley, chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh chives, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp tarragon leaves, chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 spring onion, thinly sliced (green and white parts)
Once water boils, add salt. Add halved/quartered potatoes. Cook until fork-tender. Drain and allow to cool.
While potatoes are cooking, make dressing in a large bowl. Combine oil, vinegar and Dijon mustard; whisk until emulsified. 
Add in herbs, onion and garlic. Whisk again until combined. 
Gently toss in cooled potatoes.


Mint Julep Salad  (serves 4-6)
  • 1 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 tbsp bourbon 
  • sea salt
  • 8 pickling cucumbers, thinly sliced into half moons
  • 1 medium Vidalia onion, halved and sliced thinly
  • 3 sprigs of mint, leaves chopped
Combine vinegar, sugar, honey, bourbon and 1 tsp of salt in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring to dissolve the sugar and salt. Set aside to cool.
Combine cucumbers and onions in a large bowl. Pour vinegar mixture over the top and let marinate in the refrigerator until icy cold (3-4 hours at least). When ready to serve, add mint and toss to combine.

Good Earth Summer Series

By Good Earth 24 May, 2017

I'm talking about y'all. And about me, for that matter.

I am new to Augusta. My family are part of the wave of military families flocking to Fort Gordon. I have two kids, a job, hobbies, interests, and no experience in a garden whatsoever.

When I arrived in Augusta last June, Georgia was experiencing a particularly hot summer. In fact, every person I met kindly pointed out that the summer of 2016 was exceptionally stifling. It was nice to know that I wasn't the only one suffering, but it did not make me want to venture outside much. 

My handy husband, on the other hand, found himself bit by the Pinterest bug. While I was alternating between AC and pool time, he went to work building me these pretty impressive raised garden beds .

By Good Earth 24 May, 2017
Add that to the list of things you never thought you'd say (but will).

I mean, come on. Who really pays attention to the quality of a baking potato? Potatoes just are what they are: brown, kind of lumpy, and really delicious with butter and salt. 

That's what you likely think until you talk to a potato farmer. "I had no idea there were different grades of potatoes," Good Earth owner Rick Catts admits, echoing what the rest of us are thinking. "The truth is, in the same way there are different types of apples, there are also different types of potatoes!"

Indeed, until you have tried a Pink Lady or a Honey Crisp apple, you may think that the Red Delicious  is the only (and therefore the best) apple on the stand. 

The Burbank baking potato is like the Honey Crisp of the potato family. It's flesh is more flavorful and buttery than any Idaho or Russet you'll ever bake. 
By Good Earth 12 May, 2017
I'm a big fan of anything that falls under the "fix it and forget it" category. Because the truth is, I usually do anyway.A busy mom of two, I basically have two treatments for vegetables: roasted or grilled. Recipes that involve both of these techniques tend to involve the same simple ingredients: vegetables, oil, salt and pepper. The prepping process, too, is minimal. 

Lend me your ears
It's now May, and corn on the cob season is underway. Corn on the cob as a side dish is the epitome of simple. Growing up I always had it boiled, rolled in butter, and generously coated in table salt. My mom had these corn holders that looked like little ears of corn, themselves, and they stuck out of either side of the cob so we could hold them without getting our fingers coated in butter. Funny: they never seemed to work that well, and I recall quite a bit of finger-licking occurring once the kernels were eaten.

Anyway... Now that I'm the mom, I don't have the time or patience that mine did to boil corn - let alone to shuck it. Enter: Good Earth.

Now, I have heard about grilling corn, but I hadn't even got on board. However today , because 1) the price was right, and 2) it's in season,  I grabbed a few ears of pre-shucked corn and a few still in the husk. (I also picked up zucchini and squash , portobello mushrooms, and a "broccoflower," because as long as the grill is on, I might as well toss on some extras veggies.)

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