006 Shine Springs Farm Shinecast Featuring J3 Organics

Episode 006 features a detailed update on what's growing this Fall at Shine Springs Farm and a conversation with John Obert Jr. of J3 Organics LLC, a family-owned composting business in Bessemer, Alabama.   What's Growing at Shine Springs Farm Pak choi and golden turnips are looking great. I can start clipping those for greens any day now. Lots of kale on the way. Kohlrabi is slow to … [Read more...]

Finer Grind Coffee Roasters

When it comes to specialty coffees, Birmingham, Alabama has one of the finest micro-roasters in the nation: Woody Wiginton's Finer Grind. Yesterday, I ran across this review of seven top independent coffee roasters on Cool Hunting. Actually, @cutigerash tweeted the link, so I took a look. And I remembered that I'd planned to do a blog post on Finer Grind in early August, just before I had a dog … [Read more...]

Oak Hill Angus: Grass-fed Black Angus Beef

I met Richard Harvell, owner of Oak Hill Angus at the Homegrown Alabama Farmers Market in Tuscaloosa a few days ago. Mr. Harvell raises grassfed, antibiotic- and hormone-free Black Angus cattle at his family-owned farm in Eutaw, Alabama. He didn't have any steaks that day, so I bought two packs of ground round and a pack of ground chuck. The beef is all USDA Inspected, of course. At $2.79 - $2.99 … [Read more...]

Cheeky Maiden Soap Co: Naturally Handcrafted in Calera, Alabama

One Saturday morning in early June, I was wandering around Pepper Place Market. The scent of lavender, peppermint, rosemary and cedarwood wafting across the muggy air drew me to the Cheeky Maiden Soap Co. booth, where I found an array of handcrafted soaps and related bath and body care products. I was in need of foot balm that day because I was almost out of Badger Balm. As a runner, I go through … [Read more...]