About Cotton Mill Farmers Market

The Cotton Mill Farmers Market provides a place for produce, meat, and dairy grown/produced exclusively by local farmers from the West Georgia and East Alabama area, specifically Carroll County or an adjoining county: Haralson, Paulding, Douglas, Fulton, Coweta, Heard, and also Randolph and Cleburne counties in Alabama OR within a 50 mile radius of downtown Carrollton.

Location:

609 Dixie St. Carrollton, GA 30117 (near Tanner Medical Center)

Hours of Operation:

Winter Market Hours:

October – March – 9am – 11am each Saturday (weather permitting)

Summer Market Hours: Opening Day is April 7, 2018

April – September – 8am – 12pm each Saturday (weather permitting)

We are:

  • Promoters of sustainable agricultural practices
  • Empowerers of local farm families by giving them an outlet to sell directly to the public
  • Builders of the community by reconnecting local farmers to consumers
  • Supporters of downtown Carrollton and its merchants

In order to foster land stewardship, good health, and community interaction by creating an outlet for local small farmers and vendors to market locally produced products directly to the consumer. The Market will provide a foundation for building partnerships among farmers, agriculturists, consumers, and the business community.

Benefits of Microgreens In Your Diet

Microgreens are a healthy snack which can be eaten right out of the container or added to your favorite omelet, soup, salad, or sandwich.  Here are some examples of the benefits of microgreens in your diet.

  • Broccoli Microgreens are full of vitamin C and Sulforaphane, which contains anti-canceranti-diabetic, and anti-microbial properties.
  • Sunflower Shoots  have Vitamin Dchlorophyll,  complete proteins, and Amino Acids.
  • Wheatgrass Juice offers several nutritional and medicinal benefits listed here. Wheatgrass juice can help increase red blood cell countlower blood pressurestimulate the thyroid glanddetoxify the liver, and so much more.
  • Pea Shoots offer fiberVitamin CIron, and folic acid.

**Here are some other nutritional benefits of Microgreens that Web MD has discovered through research:

  • “The microgreens were four- to 40-fold more concentrated with nutrients than their mature counterparts,” says researcher Qin Wang, PhD, assistant professor at the University of Maryland in College Park. “When we first got the results we had to rush to double and triple check them.” (Warner, 2012).
  • “Vitamin C, vitamin K, and vitamin E levels were highest among red cabbage, garnet amaranth, and green Daikon radish microgreens. Cilantro microgreens were richest in terms of lutein and beta-carotene.” (Warner, 2012).Microgreen-Piles

Willow Soap Company

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https://www.facebook.com/willowsoapsGA/

Willow Soap Company started in June, 2008 in Fayetteville, Georgia, with an idea of making natural soaps after we learned about how most soaps were made with sodium laurel sulfate.  Two of my family members died or cancer years earlier.  At the time, we were eating grass fed beef, free range eggs, and were drinking raw cow’s milk.  I started to look at soap recipes and I started out making only 3 types of soap- Oatmeal Milk and Honey Soap, Lavender Soap, and Lemongrass Soap.  In 2009, I learned of a recipe for natural deodorant that was paraben free and aluminum free.  In 2011, I learned how to make natural lip balm and soap for problem skin with tea tree and neem oils.  In 2012, I moved to Douglasville, Georgia.  In 2013, I learned how to make goat milk soap, vegan shaving soap, beer soap, coconut milk soap, and gardener’s  soap with tea tree and neem oils with jewelweed infused olive oil.  At certain times of the year, we have 30 or more types of goat milk, coconut milk, and other types of soaps.  Finally, in 2017, I learned how to make beard oil, beard balm, and tattoo and boo boo balm, and started a different line of products through a company called Sweetwater Creek Beard Company.

I learned to make these personal care products because many of the products on the market have lots of chemicals.  With many people I know being diagnosed with cancer, it just seemed to be a good idea to make as many different natural products so that people could live a healthier lifestyle.  Over the 9-10 years that I have been in business, I have donated soap, lip balm, and deodorant to some friends and coworkers who were diagnosed with cancer.  Since 2008, I have been a part of various farmers’ markets and craft shows in Metro Atlanta, North and Middle Georgia.  Since we began, we have sold our products at Country Gardens Farm in Sharpsburg, GA.  Ten years later, we are still selling our products there in their farm store.

In 2014, we became a vendor at the Cotton Mill Farmers’ Market and also started selling our deodorant sticks and lip balms in Farmers Fresh CSA in Carrollton.   Since we started selling our products at the market, our client list has grown; we have developed relationships with these customers and created friendships with many of them.

Our mission is to continue to grow and provide natural products to as many people with whom we come in contact with the hope of giving people a healthier alternative to personal care products found in larger stores.

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Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/willowsoapcompany

Instagram- @willowsoapsga and @georgia_beards

2018 Vendor Meeting

Join us for our summer market kick-off meeting. We will be meeting at Tanner Hospital in Classroom #5 @ 705 Dixie St, Carrollton, GA 30117 from 6pm – 7:30pm.

Bring your scales to have them certified (6pm – 6:30pm) (scales must be certified every year), meet the other vendors who will be attending the 2018 CMFM, meet the board members, learn about our media and online tools, and more.

If you have not filled out the 2018 vendor application and paid the application fee please use the link below to review the updated 2018 Market Standards and fill out the vendor application.

2018 Market Standards and Vendor Application

RECIPE: Shrimp and Microgreens Wraps

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Serves 4 as an appetizer

Here, microgreens replace lettuce in these nontraditional Asian spring rolls.

8 rice paper wrappers*
1 large bowl of very warm water
1/4 cup red pickled ginger, julienne*
1 1/2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds or black sesame seeds
1/2 pound cooked medium shrimp, shelled and de-veined
1/2 cup cilantro microgreens or coarsely chopped tender young cilantro
1/4 cup mint leaves (optional)
2 1/2 cups mixed mild microgreens: radish, pea, red amaranth, Sunshine Salad mix
Nuoc Cham (recipe follows)

1. Immerse one wrapper in the water for 20 seconds or until it becomes limp, then carefully transfer it to a plate. Soak another wrapper while you fill the first one.

2. Layer some of each ingredient through the greens down the center of the wrapper.

3. Fold one corner up over the greens, fold in the two adjacent corners, and roll up the wrapper, enclosing the filling. Repeat with the remaining wrappers. Serve with a bowl of Nuoc Cham for dipping.

Nuoc Cham

Use fish sauce for a Vietnamese flavor; however, the soy sauce alternative is equally delicious.

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons honey
1/2 cup warm water
1 1/2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil*
1 tablespoon fish sauce* or 1 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce

Microwave the lime juice and red pepper for 20 seconds in a loosely covered glass or ceramic bowl. Stir in the honey and then the remaining ingredients.

*Available in Asian markets and in some supermarkets

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