3 PORCH FARM
It's the little things that stretches out the line to the 3 Porch Farm booth at the Athens Farmers Market: peonies, strawberries, bottles of seasonings, bags of chai, and those famous Honeypops. Kids and adults alike go wild for the honey-sweetened, pure ripe fruit ice pops created by Mandy and Steve O'Shea on their Comer farm. With an eye toward renewable resources — think solar power and biodiesel — the O'Sheas are champions of value-added farm treats. They grow fruit, raise bees, mushrooms, and herbs to produce the goods they sell each Saturday and Wednesday. While Honeypops reign supreme among sweet tooths, brides, magazines and so many others swoon over the ranunculus and tulips farmed by Mandy. Her on-farm flower design studio — Moonflower Design — pumps out bouquets of organic, sustainable bouquets with style. The O'Sheas started 3 Porch with a goal of combining sustainability and a celebration of natural beauty. Their fans at the market think Steve and Mandy have been pretty successful.