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Epiphany: Tuscaloosa Farm-to-Table

August 19, 2011


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 sustainable-production methods.

Spring Park Farmers Market Update

July 26, 2011


The five farmers present at the July 21 edition of the Spring Park Farmers Market offered up a beautiful array of fresh produce, flowers and herbs. Peaches, corn and peas seemed to be at the height of production. But there was plenty more to choose from. Okra is just starting to come in so look for that—if you're early enough.

Averiett Branch Farm: A Heritage Farm

July 26, 2011


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, […]

Winfrey Farms at East Lake Farmers Market

July 21, 2011


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, 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.

Oak Hill Angus: Grass-fed Black Angus Beef

July 17, 2011


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. We create the society and culture we want to live in by the choices we make every day, in the products we choose to purchase and the foods we choose to eat.

Making A Rain Barrel

July 8, 2011


I spent a couple of hours at the Lauderdale County Extension Office on Wednesday, July 6, making rain barrels. Mom and I learned a great deal about how to use the rain barrels to catch water and, more significantly, how to use the rain barrels in a systematic way to run a drip irrigation system […]

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

July 4, 2011


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 […]

Where Food Comes From: June 16, 2011 Edition

June 20, 2011


I grew up in a rural area. Many of my relatives were active farmers and cattlemen (or both), full or part-time.   My parents and grandparents always had large gardens during those formative years. Summers included lots of time spent planting, hoeing, picking, shelling, washing, peeling, canning, freezing. I was never required to do hoeing or […]

Spring Park Farmers Market: Tuscumbia, Alabama

June 18, 2011


Thursday evening (June 16, 2011) my parents and I paid a trip to the Spring Park Farmers’ Market in Tuscumbia. Only five vendors were selling Thursday evening. In Northwest Alabama, it’s still a week or two early in the season for the full range of produce but I was surprised at the low number, compared […]