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...]

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...]

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...]

Baked Goods by Juanita Jones, East Lake United Methodist Church

You can find Juanita Jones manning the baked goods tent every Saturday morning during the East Lake Farmers Market season. Mrs. Jones bakes up a variety of popular and delicious breads, cakes, cookies, pies, pastries and desserts. I can personally vouch for the baked peach pies. Those remind me of my late grandmother Martin who loved to make "fried" peach pies. The main difference is that Mrs. … [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...]