Canton couple Nicole and Mary Fischer-Mullins went out on a limb to see if they could make a living out of their passion for pushing the limits when it comes to food. In their venture, they turned their two-acre property into a small, yet diverse, farm boasting everything from fruits and vegetables, to flowers and even a chicken coop.
written by Kimeko McCoy
photography by Kathryn Ingall
One of the many farms that participate in the Canton Farmers Market, the Whim-Wham Art Farm offers more than what it grows. The Fischer-Mullins produce artisan foods such as bread, preserves, jams, and hand-crafted goods including embroidered items and soaps.
“It’s not just one thing. We do a lot of things,” Nicole Fischer-Mullins said.
Mary Fischer-Mullins chimed in saying the two recently started selling homemade hummus and pita bread.
“We try to make it something that’s fun, something that people are interested in, something that tastes good,” Mary Fischer-Mullins said.
The farm’s major key, according to the two, is producing organic, wholesome and quality products.
The farm got its name from Mary Fischer-Mullins’ grandparents who owned a farm named Whim-Wham in Florida nearly 50 years ago.
“Ten years ago, we added the name art to it because it’s an art to farm,” she said.
To the Fischer-Mullins, it’s important to grow and support local in order to produce a diverse crop and bring the community together.
“We’re feeding our family and we’re feeding Canton,” said Mary Fischer-Mullins.
It may be no surprise other farms feel the same way in producing local goods to sell at the many farmers markets around Cherokee County.
Canton Farmers Market
Time: Saturdays through Oct. 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Cannon Park, 130 East Main St.
The Canton Farmers Market, presented by the Canton Main Street Program, kicked off its eighth year in May in downtown Canton. Market Manager Micki Farley said the market’s numbers have grown from 350 visitors per week in 2015 to between 500 and 1,000 expected for the 2016 season. Each week will feature at least one form of entertainment, education or special event.
For information, visit the Canton Farmers Market Facebook page.
Acworth Farmers Market
Time: Fridays through Oct. 28, from 8 a.m. to noon
Location: Acworth First Baptist Church parking lot, 4583 Church St.
Contact: Jeff Chase, email@example.com
Last month, the Historic Downtown Acworth Farmers Market started its season that will last through the end of October. The market’s onsite manager, Tina Rhoades said they typically see between 200 and 500 customers per week, and host about 25 vendors depending on the season. According to Rhoades, there are a number of events planned for the season including a cooking demonstration with Chef Henry Chandler of Henry’s Louisiana Grill on Main Street.
For information, go to the Acworth Farmers Market’s Facebook page.
Roswell Farmers Market
Time: Saturdays through Oct. 29, from 8 a.m. to noon
Location: Roswell City Hall, 38 Hill St.
Contact: (404) 492-9938
More than five years after its debut, the Roswell Farmers and Artisans Market is striving for big changes, including moving toward a producer-only market in the future. In addition to a market shift, Market Manager Taylor Fridrich said the Roswell Farmers and Artisans Market is in the process of accepting government assistance such as SNAP and EBT. Throughout the season, the market will host events such as the Harvest Dinner Fundraiser to celebrate the new growing season.
For information, visit www.roswellfam.com or call (404) 492-9938.
Waleska Farmers Market
Time: Thursdays through Sept. 1, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Location: At the corner of Hwy 108 and 140 behind the North Cherokee Church of Christ in the Reinhardt Parking lot next to Reinhardt University
Contact: (770) 720-5988
The Waleska Farmers Market at Reinhardt University is back in its seventh year with all homemade and homegrown products. Zachary White, who serves as market manager, said it averages between 15 and 25 vendors per week who sell items such as frozen fruit sorbet, baked goods and fresh Georgia-grown produce. The farmers market also has a shopper’s reward program this season. For every $100 spent, shoppers get a free Waleska Farmers Market T-shirt and for every $200 spent, shoppers will receive $10 in ‘market bucks.’
For information, go to the Waleska Farmers Market Facebook page.
Woodstock Farmers Market
Time: Saturdays through Oct. 29, from 8:30 a.m. to noon
Location: Market Street in downtown Woodstock
Contact: email Kyle Bennett at firstname.lastname@example.org
Now known as the Woodstock Farm Fresh Market, Woodstock’s farmers market enters its eight year in 2016. Kyle Bennett, who oversees the market, said he expects to see between 1,500 and 2,000 at the market on a weekly basis this year.
For information, visit www.downtownwoodstock.org.
Sweet Apple Farmers And Artisans Market
Time: Every Thursday from 2 to 6 p.m.
Location: 320 Hardscrabble Road in Roswell
Contact: (404) 931-1947
Heading into its sixth year, the Sweet Apple Farmers and Artisans Market lasts all year long. Market Manager Christy Hood-Cree said depending on the season, the market hosts upwards of 25 vendors and sees hundreds of visitors each week. It works to provide fresh and local produce to restaurants in the area and hosts events throughout the year.
For information, visit Sweet Apple Farmers and Artisans Market on Facebook or call (404) 931-1947.
Pie Contest At The Farmers Market
Besides hosting vendors from around the state to give the community an opportunity to buy and sell local, a number of farmers markets host their own pie contests. While each market manages its own contest, winners will head to the final Pie Day contest Aug. 13 at the Woodstock Farmers Market.
Listed below are two pie contests:
Acworth Farmers Market Pie Contest
Event: Friday, July 15 at the Acworth Farmers Market in the Acworth First Baptist Church parking lot, 4583 Church St.
The Acworth Farmers Market will hold its second annual pie contest this year.
Waleska Farmers Market Pie Contest
Event: Thursday, July 14 at the Waleska Farmers Market on the corner of Highways 108 and 140 behind the North Cherokee Church of Christ in the Reinhardt Parking lot.
New this year, the farmers market plans to host a pie eating contest in addition to the pie baking contest.