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Farming Tradition Continues in Suwanee

A Suwanee Farmers Market vendor has a tradition that goes back centuries.

Farming Tradition Continues in Suwanee

There's a touch of "Green Acres," the old TV sitcom, at work at the Suwanee Farmers Market.

Ed Nance, who operates Hog Mountain Farm between Buford and Flowery Branch, has been farming for four years, and has a family farming tradition that dates to 17th century England.

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His partner in Suwanee, Patty Cross of Norcross, grew up on a farm in Kentucky but now says, "I like the city life." They also are partners for ballroom dancing.

Now they sell their crops in Suwanee and Cumming. The farm is 13 acres, but Nance says "I don't know" how many varieties of vegetables he sells -- more than a dozen, he estimates.

It's a very folksy operation in Suwanee. Nance and Cross recently weighed some tomatoes for a customer. When the scales showed 2.3 pounds, Nance said, "Sell it to her for $2." And he notes that the scale has to be certified by the state agriculture commissioner.

They also do business at a Cumming farmers market, where customers order online exclusively and pick up their goods at a storefront.

Nance's father left the farm to fight in World War II, and Nance moved to Georgia 20 years ago. His daily routine is long -- he starts early and works outside to 11 a.m. or noon, depending on the heat. Then he retreats inside until the evening.

Of the Suwanee market, he said, "It's got a good reputation, and it's well manaaged."

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