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Crystal Organics

By Kate Medley, January 26, 2009  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Kate Medley
As one of the pioneers of organic farming in Georgia, Nicolas Donck grows a diverse selection of certified organic vegetables and herbs year-round on his family’s land east of Atlanta.  When Nicolas was 16, he left his home in Belgium and moved to Georgia to join his mother on her 175-acre farm.  Since then, Nicolas started Atlanta’s first organic farmer’s market in 1995, and has continued to add considerable acreage into organic production on his farm.  Nicolas says the best thing about farming is having the opportunity to live close to the earth with his family. Note: Our Farm to Market slide shows currently feature farmers and producers from our South and MidAtlantic Regions. We hope to expand to others in the future.




Matt Thomas says ...
Amazing vegetables. I have not seen red okra before but I need to find some for my garden now. It's great to see the number of people moving towards and maintaining organic methods.
02/12/2009 2:28:57 PM CST
frank p roberts says ...
I have consumed Mr. Donck's wonderful produce many times. It's as delicious as it is healthy!!
02/17/2009 10:55:49 PM CST
littlepurplecow says ...
Wonderful piece. Thrilled to see Nicolas and his farm featured here.
02/17/2009 11:37:38 PM CST
Shelley Satonin-Hershkovits says ...
We love Nicolas' produce, especially his potatoes! Very happy to see him featured.
02/18/2009 8:32:13 AM CST
Susan Roberts says ...
I have been a "regular" at Nicolas' stand on Saturday mornings at the Morningside Farmer's Market for many years now and am so grateful to him and to Helen for the wonderful produce and flowers that they grow for us. Although everything he grows is exceptional, his arugula is off the charts!! Thanks, Nicolas and Helen. Susan Roberts
02/18/2009 8:36:44 AM CST
barbara petit says ...
great story about a great farmer. we eat Crystal Organics food every week and are so lucky to have these beautiful, delicious vegetables.
02/18/2009 8:52:12 AM CST
Kyra Crawford says ...
Nick, You have some of the best organic foods for a great price. In addition, your family has always been very kind to me when I would vend at the market. Keep up the good work!!!
02/18/2009 9:20:59 AM CST
Sandy Kellam says ...
I have always enjoyed my Saturday morning visits to Nicolas and Helen's stand at the Morningside market. The okra and peppers are wonderful but the arugula and spinach are exceptional. Thanks to you both Sandy Kellam
02/18/2009 10:10:56 AM CST
ann & arsie says ...
we have know and worked with Nicolas and Helen since he arrived in Newborn Georgia, and are great fans of his produce and have enjoyed his vegetables year round
02/18/2009 10:31:26 AM CST
Janet Dee says ...
I have shopped with Nicolas and Helen for years. Love the Morningside Farmers Market Saturday morning tradition and supporting all those hard working people that are loving and nuturing all of us with their fresh and nutritious fruits and vegetables!
02/18/2009 11:01:17 AM CST
Joy Goodman says ...
Nicolas and Helen have been a treasured part of my Morningside Farmer's Market experience for the past seven years. Their produce stand is a magnificent watercolor of fruits and vegetables. You must try the beautiful "watermelon" radishes that Nicolas grows;they are true works of edible art! Much appreciation to you!JOY
02/18/2009 10:39:05 PM CST
Denise Reynolds says ...
I have not only had the absolute pleasure of picking some amazing tomatoes at Nicholas' farm, via my son Joe Reynolds, but of consuming them. They absolutlely burst with flavor. I will never forget the experience of this connection to the land. Thank you Nicholas for bringing this experience to me.
02/22/2009 10:57:30 PM CST
Molly Rowland says ...
It is my pleasure to visit this wonderful farm every fall and to eat the great produce that Nicolas grows. I am delighted to support him and the farm in ever expanding. Molly
03/10/2009 12:18:32 AM CDT
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