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That’s the motto over at Double L Ranch in Gordon, Georgia. Double L Ranch, owned by Larry and Lori Smith, began life as a simple vegetable and egg farm. Now, it’s a fully-fledged business with fresh produce, homemade jellies and jams, and yes, their local, fresh eggs. We sat down with Lori Smith to talk about the Ranch’s success and why they are so committed to the local farming movement.
We are Larry and Lori Smith, Double L Ranch. We are a family operated, sustainable farm that is committed to growing quality, local produce.
We started growing for our family and had people stopping by the house wanting to purchase fresh vegetables and eggs. It took off from there!
We saw the market being built when we were out that way. When we found out that there would be an open air market we contacted Brad for more information.
We firmly believe in “Know your Farmer, Know your food”. The quicker the produce gets to your table from the field, the healthier it is for you!! When you talk with your farmers about their growing practices, you become aware of where your food comes from and what it takes to produce it for you. This is only possible through supporting local farms and local agriculture.
I learned to bake and can from my mother. I remember her letting me make biscuits in my toy pans and baking them along side of hers!! That would put me baking for over 40 years! We always preserved our own food that we grew or purchased from the local farmer’s market when I was coming up so it was natural to continue to preserve for my family as the vegetables started coming in. The jams and jellies fell right in with that. They were incorporated into the farm sales through customer requests. I have always felt that home baked good and jams are much better for you than commercially produced products. We use no preservatives in our products.
Within the next few weeks, we should have radishes, collards, broccoli, cabbage, sweet onions, red onions, and potatoes available. Squash, cucumbers, and tomatoes will follow shortly!!
We raise a variety of breeds, Rhode Island Reds, Buffs, Barred Rock, and Americana are a few. I am partial to our Rhode Island Reds! They are consistent layers of a large brown egg!
We plan to expand our jam selection and baked goods. We are working on improving our line of mixes. I would love to add more soup and dinner mixes as well as healthy instant soups. We are experimenting with the recipes now.
You can find us on Facebook. We are also building a website. We will publish the web address on Facebook when it is up and running!!
This is the hardest question!! We truly enjoy all aspects of our work! If I had to choose my least favorite chore, it would have to be cleaning the chicken coops!!
Monday–Saturday 7am – 7pm
Monday–Saturday 7am – 10:30am
Monday–Saturday 11am – 3pm
Saturdays (April – September) 9am – 1pm