Colbert & Lauderdale County Farmers Markets for 2012

I've been a big fan of the Spring Park Farmers Market for the past several summers. Loved to visit and check out the cooking demonstrations when I could get to the Shoals on Thursday afternoons. Needless to say, then, I was disappointed to learn that the Spring Park Farmers Market is closed for Summer 2012, due to scheduling and logistical problems, according to the Times Daily. Here's a list … [Read more...]

Alabama Irrigation Project & Water Management

Even in a water rich state like Alabama, where average annual rainfall is plentiful,  agricultural irrigation can provide the difference between success and failure. Ask anyone who has a backyard garden. For the medium and large-scale farming operations, though, irrigation is not a widely-used practice in Alabama. The absence of irrigation has probably contributed to the decline in agriculture … [Read more...]

Grapevine Grill at Chaumette Vineyards

While wandering around the Soulard Market on August 13, during my last hour in St. Louis, I stopped by the Baetje Farms stall to sample (and purchase) a bit of their divinely-inspired, award-winning goat cheese. I bought the last package of their Bavarian Lemon Creme. As we chatted, I mentioned that I was driving south on I-55 and wanted to stop for a late lunch around Sainte Genevieve. And I … [Read more...]

Epiphany: Tuscaloosa Farm-to-Table

When I moved back to Tuscaloosa in August 2007 to rejoin my old law firm, Rosen Harwood, I was thrilled to find a variety of new restaurants in the downtown area. I don't recall precisely when Chef Tres Jackson launched Epiphany but it instantly became my favorite after my first meal there. From the outset, Epiphany and Chef Tres Jackson focused on local foods and suppliers that used … [Read more...]

East Lake Farmers Market

I'd only been in the East Lake community of Birmingham once before this summer. That was in the Fall of 2009 when I attended a couple of session of a sustainable foods conference held at East Lake United Methodist Church. Last year, I moved to the east side of town. The East Lake community is a few miles away, on the northern side of I-20. It's an area that's been economically-challenged for … [Read more...]

Spring Park Farmers Market Update

I always enjoy visiting the Spring Park Farmers Market whenever I'm in Tuscumbia, Alabama on a Thursday afternoon. Last Thursday, July 21, I stopped by for the second time this summer. Participation by farmers and other vendors is down this year—and that disappoints me. I had hoped to buy more sourdough bread from the Red Gingham Gourmet but she didn't have a tent last Thursday. Pat of Pat's … [Read more...]

Averiett Branch Farm: A Heritage Farm

One of the nicest things about hanging out at farmers markets is that you get to talk to the men and women who grow and raise your food. Over the past two months I've had several short (he's always busy), but pleasant chats with John H. Wesson, current purveyor of Averiett Branch Farm in Sylacauga, Alabama. John's ancestors established Averiett Branch Farm in 1850. Seven generations of Averietts … [Read more...]

Peaches from Witt Farms

I bought the most delicious peaches from Mr. and Mrs. Hays who were representing Witt Farms at the East Lake Farmers Market last Saturday, July 16. These peaches have been scrumptious. I've eaten them as a snack, as dessert and mixed them into my smoothies this past week. I'm not sure where else you can get peaches from Witt Farms but I can promise you won't be disappointed. Here's Mrs. Hays … [Read more...]

Winfrey Farms at East Lake Farmers Market

Last Saturday I visited with Jeff Mott of Winfrey Farms. Winfrey Farms, located in Boaz, Alabama, sells a variety of wonderful produce at the East Lake Farmers Market in Birmingham. So far this season, I've bought cabbage, cucumbers, onions, yellow pattypan squash, new potatoes and green beans from Winfrey Farms. That's what I can think of. Every bit of it has been superb. The cabbage was the … [Read more...]

Whited Farms at East Lake Farmers Market

I spoke with Jennifer Smelson of Whited Farms at the East Lake Farmers Market last Saturday. Jennifer's family owns Whited Farms. So far this season I've bought strawberries and green beans from Whited Farms and have been quite pleased. I look forward to trying more of the wide assortment of vegetables and fruit grown on Whited Farms in Blount County, Alabama. Whited Farms - Jennifer Snelson … [Read more...]