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Posted: June 7, 2011 7:09 p.m.

Farm to stage open house Sunday

A grand opening and a mini farmers market will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Noring Farms on Glass Springs Road.

The 20-acre farm owned by Andrew and Chrstina Norman promotes sustainable farming practices and provides fare to Atlanta-area restaurants, including Restaurant Eugene, Watershed, Wahoo, Rathbun's, Kevin Rathbun's Steak, Parish Food & Goods, Ecco, Rosebud and 4th & Swift, according to a release.
The farm specializes in heirloom tomatoes and Old World varietals. The Normans have 3,000 plants in production, the bulk being heirloom tomatoes including San Marzana, Chocolate, Big Rainbow, Brandywine Yellow, Banana Legs, Eva Purple, Big Zebra, Black from Tula, German Johnson and Mr. Stripey.
Carrots, beets and radishes are cultivated in raised beds. Crops just coming in are a large variety of squashes and cucumbers, corn and burgundy and white okra, among others. Orchards of apples, peaches, figs, blueberries and raspberries were started this year, but no crops will be available this year, according to Andrew.
The Normans are also cultivating several varieties of exotic chickens, including French Copper Marans and Aracanaus and Americanaus, both of which lay eggs in Easter colors such as pale blue, green and pink.
Those desiring to pick up their own produce weekly may pre-order on the farm's website, www.noringfarms.com and then pick up at a market location of their choice.
Plans at the farm are to become totally wind and solar-powered.
To learn more or to RSVP to the grand opening invitation, contact Christina Norman at (404) 434-5781 or christinaenorman@gmail.com.

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