004 Shine Springs Farm Podcast Episode 004

This week's episode of the Shinecast features an interview with Jen Barnett, co-owner of Freshfully, a local-foods market in Birmingham, Alabama (and beyond) with a mission to make more local food available to more people—more conveniently. Freshfully is starting to expand to other cities across the Southeast. If you're a farmer and want to sell through Freshfully or a locavore looking for … [Read more...]

Women Leaders in Local Foods: USDA & White House Hangout

Tuesday afternoon, July 17, I tuned in for the White House Hangout on Local Foods. The specific focus: Women leaders in agriculture and food policy who are working to build local food systems in their respective regions. The program was fast-paced, but fortunately there's a YouTube video: See below. Speakers: Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan Baltimore Mayor Stephanie … [Read more...]

Huntsville Local Foods Tasting to Benefit Food Bank

As part of my research to identify who is working on local food systems in Alabama I had the great fortune of discovering a local foods event in Huntsville, Alabama a few days ahead of time--I usually find out about these types of events the day after or five minutes before. Fortunately, for me, the North Alabama Food Bank has a great local foods initiative underway and lots of information on its … [Read more...]

Healthy Baked Catfish

Last week, I saw a tweet from Freshfully announcing the arrival of local, farm-raised Alabama catfish. It was just the dish I had in mind, so the next day I made a quick trip to the new local foods shop in Avondale and picked up a pound of catfish, a pound of wild-caught Gulf shrimp, one pattypan squash, a handful of green beans, a couple of cucumbers, and a bag of homemade granola, all … [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...]

Grilled T-bone Steak (Grassfed Beef) & Grilled Veggies

I have a steak about once every three to four weeks, preferably grilled. For the past few years, I've pretty much limited my beef consumption to grass-fed beef, buying  as "local" as possible. More and more ranchers and farmers are raising grass-fed beef and selling it directly to consumers at farmers markets. Some producers offer regular delivery points when farmers markets aren't in operation. … [Read more...]