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 largest cabbage I’ve ever seen and only set me back $2. I gave half to my mom. We probably got four meals out of the cabbage.
Winfrey Farms grows their produce in raised beds using micro-irrigation. That accounts, at least in part, for the large size.
It’s also family-operation. Jeff is the son-in-law of Melvin Winfrey, senior proprietor. You’ll Mr. and Mrs. Winfrey, Jeff Mott and his wife and their son working at the booth. The youngest Mott (the young man I’ve seen–there may be more children) is a seasoned-veteran and has always been super-helpful and friendly whenever I’ve stopped by. I love to see kids helping out their parents and grandparents at the farmers market. There may be other family members and friends helping out, as well.
East Lake Farmers Market is held on Saturday mornings from 8 until noon in the parking lot of East Lake United Methodist Church.