I love the idea of having fresh tomatoes, sweet potatoes, squash and boiled peanuts all year long. Today I stopped by Ron’s Produce, located on the corner of West Church Street and Sammy McGee Blvd across from Burger King, to get some fresh veggies and while there, I chatted with Ron Towns and Jimmy Pritchett about their Year Round Produce Stand!
For almost 2 years, Jasper Pickens County residents have been able to get Vine Ripe Tomatoes All Year Long! Yes, you did read that correctly? All year long you can get your vine ripe tomatoes that taste so much better than what you get at the grocery store. Their best season, of course, is the summer and they are busy selling watermelons, cantaloupes and of course, their best seller, tomatoes!
They Are Open Year Round Monday – Saturday but not on Sunday, from noon to dark-thirty weather permitting. If you are unsure if they’ll be open but plan to drop by, you can always call and confirm with Ron if they are indeed open ~ 706-669-0006.
How did this produce stand/partnership come about? These two guys worked together at a car dealership in Blue Ridge. After early retirement, Ron was trying to figure out what he wanted to do and sitting at home all day staring at 4 walls just didn’t get it. He loves to talk with people and when Ron found out that Jimmy had moved to Jasper, Ron knew he found his ‘partner in crime’. A Year Round Produce Stand! Thank You Guys!!!
One of the things Ron and Jimmy had today was Lady Apples, unique small apples that look like a crap apple in size and is grown in Hood River, Oregon. A Diamond Fruit specialty, also called Christmas Apple, this little apple is vibrant green with fiery red blush. Mild-sweet flavor and tiny size. Perfect choice for dessert, pickling and decorations. Available October through January. Check them out when you stop by and let Ron and Jimmy know what you think about this delicious fruit!
Another find was Uncle Red’s BBQ Sauce. This recipe has been in the family well over 100 years started by their grandfather and today is made by Ron’s brother, Uncle Red. This sauce is very spicy and tastes delicious. I can’t wait to put some on some great pulled BBQ – Yum!
Be sure to can grab a bottle or two when you stop by to get your fresh veggies!