Aplin Farms

Aplin Farms

APLIN FARMS

This fourth generation family farm is located in southeast Alabama, less than twenty minutes from the Alabama-Florida state line. Producing some of the best tasting fruits and vegetables since 1952m Aplin Farms is a true southern gem. Attending about 10 produce markets each week, Aplin Farms was one of the first farms to sign up for The Market at Pepper Place in the summer of 2000.

With a long growing season, Aplin Farms is proud of their beautiful farmland and participation in their local community. They host a large pumpkin patch each year and host schools and church tours on the farm through the month of October. Stop by and visit with them if you're ever in the Slocomb community!

Belle Meadow Farms

Belle Meadow Farms

BELLE MEADOW FARMS

Andrew and Laurie Beth Kesterson are the owners of Belle Meadow Farm, located in Tuscaloosa county. This young farming couple grows everything from potatoes and dill to corn, squash and eggplant. Their goal is to grow and sell the freshest, chemical free produce around. They also enjoy raising herbs, sunflowers and a few varieties of fruit. While not certified, the Kesterson's farm is managed according to organic practices. Their emphasis is on permaculture and beneficial insects. Organic sprays to control pests are a last resort. Belle Meadow Farm has about ten acres under cultivation, along with a hoop house and greenhouse.

Blackwood Crossing Greenhouses

Blackwood Crossing Greenhouses

BLACKWOOD CROSSING GREENHOUSES

Blackwood Crossing Greenhouses started business in 1978 in Cleveland, Alabama in Blount County. They are a family owned and operated business, operating 52,000 square feet of greenhouse space. They grow hanging baskets and potted plants, 10" to 4.5" size pots of primarily blooming and seasonal plants. Blackwood Crossing specializes in a good selection of top quality plants.

In the spring, more than 30 varieteies of hanging basket plants and combination baskets are grown at this local nursery including geraniums, ferns, dahlias, zinnias to name a few. They take pride in making their living on doing something that brings joy and beauty to others!

Burnette Farms

Burnette Farms

BURNETTE FARMS

A fourth generation family farm located in the Chilton County town of Thorsby, Alabama, the Burnette's first began with collards, turnips, and corn. Today, they have expanded to growing a variety of crops with a focus on peaches. The Burnette's work hard to provide quality, fresh produce for customers and take pride in doing so! They say they know it isn't an "easy" job, but it is always rewarding as they enjoy building relationships with their customers each season.

Burnette Farms featured in the Know Thy Farmer Market Book!

Calvert Farms

Calvert Farms

CALVERT FARMS

Mr. Calvert started farming on his site in 1970 in Cullman, Alabama. He says he enjoys the work and the two folks who work alongside him each day. His favorite part of the job is coming to the farmers market at Pepper Place. He enjoys having his children and grandchildren help him in his tent each week! Lawrence Calvert is affectionately known as Alabama's "Sweet Potato Man".

Calvert Farms featured in the Know Thy Farmer Market Book!

Caver Farms

Caver Farms

CAVER FARMS

When it comes to Postell Farms and Caver's Farms, one thing is true: you can't talk about one without talking about the other! When Mrs. Postell Married a Caver, the two families combined their farmland and farming methods. Now a fifth generation family farm, the Postell and Caver's own more than 175 acres in Verbena, Alabama. This family farm duo has been a part of The Market since the beginning in the summer of 2000! They are affectionately known by regular market shoppers as the "pea farmers", because they grow three types of Alabama peas each year, planting them six different times through out they season!

Caver Farms featured in the Know Thy Farmer Market Book!

Chickamauga Farms

Chickamauga Farms

CHICKAMAUGA FARMS

Andy and Kaye Smith began farming in their backyard in the early 2000's as a hobby. The enjoyment grew and in 2007, four acres were cleared to expand the farm. Since then, they Smith's have relocated permanently to the farm, expanding the acreage to nine acres and grow blueberries, satsumas, Meyer lemons, grapefruit, oranges and kumquats. They are proud to say they love what they do and grow produce that is not only organically grown, but is pesticide free.

Crocker Farms

Crocker Farms

CROCKER FARMS

Crocker Farms is a third generation farm that has been in production for about 80 years. Along with his grandfather and father, Leonard Crocker has always been a full time farmer. The family raises vegetables and plants, with five greenhouses. Leonard and wife Marlene have continued to share their produce grown in Bryant, Alabama with the Birmingham community since the first Market at Pepper Place in May of 2000!

Crocker Farms featured in the Know Thy Farmer Market Book!

Dayspring Dairy

Dayspring Dairy

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DAYSPRING DAIRY

The idea of Dayspring Dairy was born while Greg and Ana Kelly had professional careers. They felt led to do something different with their day to day lives. After visiting a sheep dairy in Tennessee in 2010, they say they knew right away that it's where God was leading them.

Greg and Ana left their big city life and jobs in 2011 to begin their family farm. With a sucessful background in food styling and recipe developing for top media companies, Ana Kelly is the head cheese-maker and culinary mastermind at the family farm.

Dayspring Dairy is Alabama's first and only sheep dairy. The Kelly's are proud to be the state's only makers of farmstead sheep milk cheeses!

Dayspring Dairy featured in the Know Thy Farmer Market Book!

Eastaboga Bee Company

Eastaboga Bee Company

EASTABOGA BEE COMPANY

Justin Hill is the founder of the Eastaboga Bee Company. Located near Lincoln, Alabama, his bees live on the land his great-grandfather farmed. Three generations later, Justin continues to farm and keep bees on the family farm. His high quality honey products pay homage to the family commitment to do the best you can in all things. Justin says he has about 300 or so hives that he maintains. He says he never tires of taking care of his bees and learns something new every day!

Garden Honey Bee

Garden Honey Bee

GARDEN HONEY BEE

John and Brenda Belcher are avid beekeepers. This couple's interest in bees became more focused later in life and the two of them enjoy sharing what they've learned with their grandchildren and with their customers. John says he's always had an interest in bees and hopes to pass on his skills to his grand-kids as they grow. Brenda enjoys learning how to make beautiful products from all natural honey. Her soaps, lotions and jalapeno honey are popular products.

Grandview Farms

Grandview Farms

GRANDVIEW FARMS

Charles and Shiyrah Crowther began growing mushrooms in 2004. They grow their mushrooms on oak and sweet gum logs. No chemicals or pesticides are ever used. The duo located in Montevallo, Alabama takes pride in growing their mushrooms in a natural setting, outside in dappled sunlight under a canopy of trees. They also grow other varieties of mushrooms such as golden oysters, blue oysters and lion's mane. The two also gather wild edible mushrooms too!

Greenleaf Nursery

Greenleaf Nursery

GREENLEAF NURSERY

Dion Carrol began working on a farm in the early 1970's. He's grew to love the farm life and particulary the planting season. Dion and his wife, Beverly love to watch the miracle of life... from seed to harvest! A retail plant nursery, Greenleaf grows common and specialty plants in addition to a variety of greenhouse tomatoes.

Hamm Farms

Hamm Farms

HAMM FARMS

The farm began in 2007. Farmers Dwight Hamm and Chris Roberts continue to take pride in growing fresh, locally grown produce, specializing in a broad variety of exotic peppers year-round.

Hamm Farms featured in the Know Thy Farmer Market Book!

Harvest Farms

Harvest Farms

HARVEST FARM

"Trent Boyd says the customer relationships he's built at the Market at Pepper Place have become so strong and loyal that he will sometimes take produce requests. "I'll grow certain types of tomatoes for certain customers," he says with pride. If you see Trent or his wife Jennifer at the Saturday market representing Harvest Farm, you'll likely find rows of their delicious heirloom tomatoes or even strawberries (in the right season). In addition to those main crops, the Boyd's also grow onions, collards, broccoli, pumpkins, kale, apples, peaches and blueberries on their 50-acre farm in Fairview, Alabama about 60 miles north of Birmingham.

Farming is nothing new to the Boyds. Their children will be the fifth generation on their land that was first farmed in 1909. Trent and Jennifer began farming at Harvest Farm in 1998 and incorporated more natural and organic practices. They eventually took over full operations ten years later.

As the focus shifted to locally-sourced food, their business model did as well, and they now supply to high end restaurants, CSA programs and markets such as the Market at Pepper Place, where they've been vendors for more than two years now. It's a partnership that has paid off, and Trent says that he and Jennifer love that they overall management of the market is extremely efficient and organized. "The Market at Pepper Place has allowed us to expand our business and buy equipment," he says. "By being here, our farm has much more name recognition and has acquired a positive reputation..."

-an excerpt from the 2015 release of Know Thy Farmer, market book

 

Hazelrig Orchards

Hazelrig Orchards

HAZELRIG ORCHARDS

Hazelrig Orchards is a family owned and operated farm and orchard. They have been farming since Mike Hazelrig's father came out of the army in the 1950's and went to work his with uncle. While the orchard is not certified organic, they take pride in using the minimal amount of chemicals necessary. This family is proud to be one of The Market's first farmers to share their produce with Pepper Place and the Birmingham community.

Hazelrig Orchards featured in the Know Thy Farmer Market Book!

HD Farm

HD Farm

HD Farm

"Alabama is a state that loves meat, and for good reason — chickens, cattle and pork are all raised locally and are widely available in restaurants and retail stores. But there’s another meat gaining traction that’s worth adding to the rotation: lamb.

Many folks are scared to cook lamb because it’s not as familiar as other meats.

But Henry Dorough, Alabama Cooperative Extension System agent and owner of HD Farm in Calhoun County, said it’s much simpler than people imagine.

“Lamb is like anything else — if you start with a good product and you cook it properly, you’ll have a great meal,” Dorough said. “You cook lamb to the same temperature as you cook beef, but you can season it differently.”

Dorough, who has raised and cooked lamb for more than a decade, said it pairs well with strong seasonings. Spices like cinnamon, allspice, clove and nutmeg complement lamb’s rich, complex flavor.

Mint, however, is overplayed when it comes to lamb, Dorough said.

“I just really don’t understand the obsession with mint and lamb,” he said.

In addition to adding new flavors to the palate, lamb also is packed with nutrients. It’s a great source of protein, as well as immune system-boosting nutrients zinc, selenium, niacin, riboflavin, Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin B12.

Dorough said he accidentally stumbled into raising lambs. His son, Matthew, was involved in livestock shows through 4-H, so the family began raising lambs. After Dorough bought his farm, he and Matthew expanded their flock and supplied lambs to other 4-H members. After showing season was over, Dorough stocked his freezer and those of a few friends’ with fresh lamb. Word soon spread, and demand grew.

“After Matthew graduated, we shifted gears and changed our breed selection to raise strictly meat lambs for our customer base,” Dorough said. “We started out selling lambs directly to customers for them to have processed. About three years ago, chefs started approaching me about purchasing lamb, and we began having the meat inspected by USDA so we could sell it in a retail setting.”

Now, HD Farm keeps about 70 sheep on the farm and supplies lamb to two restaurants and many individual customers. Matthew, now 24, is in culinary school in South Carolina.

“They did lamb in class last week, and he had no problem with it,” Dorough said. “He’s got plenty of experience.

-excerpt from Alfa Farmers, April 2017

Henke Farms

Henke Farms

HENKE FARMS

The Henke family moved to the Cullman area from Germany in the early 1800's and began farming. In the early 1900's the Henke and Schaeffel families combined their farmland through marriage, extending the property.

Tammy Henke began helping her mother, Christine run the farm after the death of her father in 1991. The grandchildren are learning the business of farming so they can carry on the family tradition! The Henke's were one of the first family farms to sell at The Market at Pepper Place!

Henke Farms featured in the Know Thy Farmer Market Book!

Hepzibah Farms

Hepzibah Farms

HEPZIBAH FARMS

The Hepzibah family says their mission is simple: "we want to make things better". They strive to make the land better by farming as sustainable, as creatively and as organically as they can imagine. They also want to make their lives better by working hard, together with friends and family, at what they love most: farming. Lastly, they want to make their customer's lives better by providing them with excellent food that they can feel good about buying!

Hepzibah Farms featured in the Know Thy Farmer Market Book!

Iron City Organics

Iron City Organics

IRON CITY ORGANICS

We specialize in the production and acquisition of any and all produce that may be organically grown. Our mission is to develop and fill local markets with the freshest and healthiest locally grown organic produce that can possibly be obtained. We currently grow a wide array of microgreens and sprouts including wheat grass.

Jefferson County Beekeepers Association

Jefferson County Beekeepers Association

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JEFFERSON COUNTY BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION

The Jefferson County Beekeepers Association (JCBA) has had a booth at Pepper Place since the market's inception. We are a very diversified group of beekeepers - from experts to newbees. We meet every month on the third Thursday at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens where we exchange information, listen to both local and distant speakers discuss all things bees, and meet both old and new friends! Our membership includes about 200 active members who are able to participate in the Pepper Place market, borrow extraction equipment, order package bees and attend meetings where beekeeping equipment can be ordered without incurring shipping costs. The JCBA is also active in promoting beekeeping via education, community involvement and even helping Birmingham city in drafting beekeeping ordinances. If you have an interest in beekeeping come check us out! We won't sting!

Jones Valley Teaching Farm

Jones Valley Teaching Farm

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JONES VALLEY TEACHING FARM

Jones Valley Teaching Farm is not just a place where delicious food grows - it's a place where young minds blossom. Their mission is simple: students. And to empower them to be the next generation of critical thinkers, problem-solvers and change agents in their communities. The fellows at Jones Valley do this by connecting standards-based education to real-world food issues, collaborating with our partner schools to provide students with innovative, hands-on programs that improve student learning and increase access to healthy food.

Jones Valley Teaching Farm featured in the Know Thy Farmer Market Book!

Kennedy Farms

Kennedy Farms

KENNEDY FARMS

After farming for more than twenty years, David and Lisa Kennedy established Kennedy Farms in 2006. The farm, located in Pell City, is family owned and operated providing fresh vegetables to the community and to the elderly. The couple has raised their twins to learn what it means to work on the farm and, as a result, are proud to say they've matured into Godly adults!

Marble Creek Farmstead

Marble Creek Farmstead

MARBLE CREEK FARMSTEAD

Do you know where your food comes from?  Are you searching for great-tasting food with a connection to your farmer?  Do you like knowing your food choices are healing ones instead of supporting a system that exploits the animals, the land, and the people who get the food to you? We believe you are what you eat. Eating truly healthy food raised well benefits us all.

Marble Creek Farmstead is a dynamic, sustainable, family farm producing humanely-raised all-natural pastured meats and eggs.

We live on a 40-acre farm with mostly open pasture and plenty of woods. We also lease orr use other pasture land near us depending on our needs. We focus on building the soil in our pastures. We use regenerative techniques that will increase the microbial life and organic matter of the soil, which sequesters atmospheric carbon, makes our land more resilient in the face of flooding and drought, and – perhaps most importantly – makes for more nutrient-dense, productive grass/ forage for our animals to graze upon. We practice management intensive rotational grazing, moving our animals throughout the pastures at a fairly quick pace (for example, hogs get a new paddock about once every week or two, while our younger birds like broiler chickens get moved to a new patch of grass daily). This keeps manures on the pasture to avoid nitrogen pollution caused by farms with more intense stocking densities (like confinement barns or dirt lots) in a small, set location. Our mob grazing system mimics nature and prevents erosion by allowing the pasture ample time to recover from each pass of the animals. The multi-speciation breaks the parasite cycle and makes the land more productive per acre. To protect the pasture during the colder months when the grass isn’t growing, we also rotate some of the animals (like pigs) through the woods.

Mountain Meadows Farm

Mountain Meadows Farm

MT. MEADOWS FARMS

Jim Suttle moved home to Shelby County after retirement in 2006. Returning to the family farm, Jim began planting blueberries - and hasn't stopped! Jim found that he loved growing organic fruits and vegetables and had fun selling them at local farmers markets. Jim also enjoys raising blackberries and strawberries, plus Christmas trees! Mountain Meadows Farm is a u-pick farm, which means it's open to the community and you pick it yourself. Jim welcomes visitors, especially families with children, to enjoy his beautiful farm and pick as many berries as you can carry!

Mountain Meadows Farm featured in the Know Thy Farmer Market Book!

Mt. Laurel Farms

Mt. Laurel Farms

MT. LAUREL FARMS

The Mt. Laurel Farm School is 23-acre organic farm, just 1.5 miles from the center of Mt. Laurel's town square.

The Farm School is dedicated to helping Birmingham grow healthy communities through urban farming and education. For Mt. Laurel restaurants and residents, the Farm is a convenient resource for the freshest produce. Throughout the year, it provides over 75 varieties of vegetables and fruits, all grown organically and available at its roadside stand.

Mt. Laurel Farms featured in the Know Thy Farmer Market Book!

North Alabama Wagyu

North Alabama Wagyu

NORTH ALABAMA WAGYU

North Alabama Wagyu is owned and operated by Hennessee Farms out of Athens, Alabama. The family farm strives to provide high quality beef products to surrounding communities by using Angus cows crossed with their two full blooded Wagyu bulls. Wagyu cattle originated from Japan and is most known for their marbling, tenderness, and amazing flavor. North Alabama Wagyu's beef is grass-fed and grass-finished, never given any antibiotics or any additional hormones. They take pride in using a federally approved USDA processing facility to vacuum package their beef, which is frozen until final purchase. Beef may be purchased by each individual cut or buy the quarter, half, or whole.

Owls Hollow Farm

Owls Hollow Farm

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OWLS HOLLOW FARM

Rod Palmer grew up on a small farm located north of Gadsden, Alabama. He was raised growing crops for himself and for his neighbors. Rod's oldest son, Caleb, wanted to learn how to farm at the age of 15. His interest is what began what we know now as Owls Hollow Farm. The farm has 18,000 square feet of greenhouses and field grown crops. Owls Hollow currently sells their hydroponic lettuces and organically grown produce to a wide variety of consumers including local restaurants, local grocery stores, as well as featuring their farm Community Support Agriculture box year-round.

Owls Hollow Farm featured in the Know Thy Farmer Market Book!

Penton Farms

Penton Farms

PENTON FARMS

Scott and Rachell Penton began their branch of the family farm in 2000, specializing in peaches and cattle. Since then, they have successfully expanded to growing strawberries and blackberries in addition to peaches. In the summer of 2010, Scott and Rachell started a U-Pick Strawberry Patch called "Sugar Hill"; and in 2016 they will open their Pumpkin Patch for it's first season!

Penton Farms featured in the Know Thy Farmer Market Book!

Pepper's Garden

Pepper's Garden

PEPPER'S GARDEN

We have cultivated and enjoyed our backyard garden for many years and have enjoyed experimenting with different recipes depending on the bounty of each year's harvest.

Peppers and tomatoes have always been the staple of the garden and at our house, nothing goes to waste! Thus, after many hours of hard work and experimentation, Tim developed salsas, relishes, jams and a wonderful cornbread that we enjoy. After many years of sharing our home garden recipes with our friends and family, we're excited to expand our goods to the Birmingham community and beyond!

Petals From The Past

Petals From The Past

PETALS FROM THE PAST

Together, Dr. Arlie Powell and son Jason have developed nearly six acres of fruit gardens in Thorsby, Alabama. Dr. Powell is a retired fruit scientist from Auburn University. This family farm takes pride in organically producing all fruits using only the safest practices possible to grow high quality goods. Today the farm carries more than 140 varieties of fruit plants, conducts farm tours and hosts lectures year-round.

Petals From The Past featured in the Know Thy Farmer Market Book!

Postell Farms

Postell Farms

POSTELL FARMS

When it comes to Postell Farms and Caver's Farms, one thing is true: You can't talk about one without talking about the other! When Mrs. Postell married a Caver, the two families combined their farmland and farming methods. Now a fifth generation family farm, the Postell and Caver's own more than 175 acres in Verbena, Alabama. This family farm duo has been a part of The Market at Pepper Place since the beginning in 2000! They are affectionately known by regular market shoppers as the "pea farmers", because they grow three types of Alabama peas each year, planting them six different times through out the season!

Postell Farms featured in the Know Thy Farmer Market Book!

Rora Valley Farms

Rora Valley Farms

RORA VALLEY FARMS

The farm began in 2009 with a desire to serve others and bring glory to God through producing healthy foods organically. Their methods require using all natural production that honors the design of creation.

Rora Valley Farms featured in the Know Thy Farmer Market Book!

Sanctuary Farms

Sanctuary Farms

SANCTUARY FARMS

Sanctuary Farms is a small, sustainable family farm and pesticide-free apiary located in Southside, Alabama, about 65 miles northeast of Birmingham. Sanctuary Farms grows all of their produce from non-gmo seeds and use organic growing practices. Among their diverse crops you'll find many heirloom varieties selected for their unique beauty, taste, history, and local value. Sanctuary Farms also offers their own custom line of herbal Apothecary goods, local wildflowers, free-range non-gmo fed chicken eggs, raw honey and other seasonal artisan eco-products. Each products is hand-made on the farm with love in small batches with the freshest home-grown ingredients, and with the finest recycled sustainable materials.

Sanctuary Farms featured in the Know Thy Farmer Market Book!

Sandlin Farms

Sandlin Farms

SANDLIN FARMS

Elizabeth Sandlin's family began running a farm in 1971. Elizabeth and her parents grew produce and sold to the public all throughout her life. She took over their family farm in 1986, transitioning to greenhouses, plasticulture and well irrigation. The Sandlin's raise all of their products from seed. They transplant and harvest them by hand - recyclable materials are used on the farm.

In 2016, Jacob and wife Payton Sandlin took over the family farm full time. They raised all of their products from seed in their greenhouse before transplanting to the fields.

Sandlin Farms featured in the Know Thy Farmer Market Book!

Snow's Bend Farms

Snow's Bend Farms

SNOW'S BEND FARM

In 2004, David and Margaret Ann Snow began gardening about a quarter acre. As their determination grew, so did their garden. In 2009, the farm became home to the first of their livestock. By 2010, Snow's Bend had expanded plant production to ten acres, producing about 50 different vegetables, encompassing nearly 250 varieties. Future plans for the farm include: a biodiversity and wildlife habitat for birds, bats, bees and beneficial insects. David and Margaret Ann work hard to produce the best food possible, while striving to leave the land in better shape than they found it!

Snow's Bend Farm featured in the Know Thy Farmer Market Book!

Southern Foothills Farms

Southern Foothills Farms

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SOUTHERN FOOTHILLS FARMS

Southern Foothills grows shiitake and oyster mushrooms year-round as well as seasonal varieties including: lion's mane, maitake, reishi, king oyster, and chestnut. They grow their mushrooms on a natural substrate mixture of Alabama-milled oak sawdust, organic wheat bran, and organic whole grains. Influenced by their combined backgrounds in organic agriculture and environmental analysis, Brian and Liz never use any synthetic pesticides or fertilizers. They are proud to say their mushrooms are USDA certified organic! In all, they use one of nature's best recyclers (fungi) to convert a local and natural by-product (sawdust) into fresh mushrooms, rich with nutritional and medicinal benefits.

Southern Oaks Farms

Southern Oaks Farms

SOUTHERN OAKS FARMS

We are a husband and wife team that have worked together for about 33 years now. We work on our garden together with two other family members. We retired several years ago and have always enjoyed a garden so we decided to plant a big garden. We are not officially "certified" organic yet, but we are transitioning over and hope to be certified in a few years because we practice these methods!

Spinks' Farms

Spinks' Farms

SPINKS' FARMS

Spinks Farm is a family farm located in Hayden, Alabama with roughly 20 acres in production. Troy Spinks is a retired school teach of 39 years at Hayden High School. Troy's wife, Nancy, is a beautician and owner of a local beauty salon. Their oldest daughter, Torie, helps with the farm and is also in outside sales in the metro-Birmingham area.

Spinks' Farm began in 1978 as a working college fund for Troy and Nancy's daughters; both are now graduates of The University of Alabama at Birmingham. Today, Troy farms full time and enjoys bringing goods to The Market each Saturday at Pepper Place.

Spinks' Farms featured in the Know Thy Farmer Market Book!

Stone Hollow Farmstead

Stone Hollow Farmstead

STONE HOLLOW FARMSTEAD

This family business has grown from a natural love for the land and nurturing the process to producing the finest cheeses, honey, specialty foods, botanicals, cosmetic extracts and cosmeceuticals. Honoring both her parents and her grandparents heritage, Deborah Stone founded Stone Hollow Farmstead in 1999 with her husband, Russell, and daughters Fallon and Alexandra. The Stone Family comes from a line of Alabama gardeners and farmers, sharing their history in all facets of the farmstead.

Stone Hollow Farmstead featured in the Know Thy Farmer Market Book!

Todd's Produce

Todd's Produce

TODD'S PRODUCE

"Hal and Dordie Hayes took an unconvential path to found their farm. To begin, they had no experience farming at all, so every decision -good or bad- was a lesson learned. When they opened a produce stand in Clanton, Alabama in 1988, they simply named it after their only son, Todd. Naturally, that boy would grow up helping his dad harvest the peaches for which the Hayes have become known.

They later added blueberries and blackberries to the operation, which spans more than 100 acres. Today, Todd and Hal still work the peach orchards toghether, while Dordie and Todd's wife, Tasha, run the produce stand, which sit off Exit 205 on I-65, and also features other produce, plus homemade ice cream, jams and jellies.

They Hayes have always sold wholesale, but the popularity of farmers markets has allowed them to be more profitable, thans to retail sales. "This has kept us farming", says Dordie. They have been selling at the Market at Pepper Place has helped our farm because of the high colume of sales it allows. The big crowds, dozens of shoppers and publicity help us move our peaches and  blueberries to the public."

Todd's Produce featured in the Know Thy Farmer Market Book!

Twin Springs Farms

Twin Springs Farms

TWIN SPRINGS FARMS

Twin Springs Farms is the home to pasture raised Devon/Angus beef and purebred Berkshire pork. Twin Springs sells them both at whole, half or custom cuts. This family farm takes pride in never using any hormones or antibiotics.

West End Community Gardens

West End Community Gardens

WEST END COMMUNITY GARDENS

West End Community Gardens (WE) is an urban farm located in Birmingham City, owned by Urban Ministry in West End. Why WE gardens? To eat, to live, to work, to play, to laugh, to love, to give... to GROW!

West End Community Gardens featured in the Know Thy Farmer Market Book!

Whited Farms

Whited Farms

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WHITED FARMS

In 1982, Wade Whited continued to nurture and expand his family farm that began orignally in 1930. After marrying in 1988, Wade's wife Melonie began helping on the farm. She helped grow a wide-variety of fruits and vegetables to expand the farm!

Whited Farms featured in the Know Thy Farmer Market Book!

Witt Farms

Witt Farms

WITT FARMS

"The peaches and strawberries at Witt Farms grow near the top of Hog Mountain in a beautiful part of Blount County, Alabama. Three generations of farmers - Kenneth, Jimmy and Aaron - handle the operations for the 100+ acre farm and it's ten greenhouses. The farm was actually started by Kenneth's father, James Witt, in the 1950s.

Today, the Witts also grow blackberries, blueberries, plums, nectarines, scuppernongs, muscadines, tomatoes, squash, okra, cucumbers, cantaloupes, watermelons and bedding plants. They do lots of wholesale business with their produce and plants, but the recent focus on farmers markets has really increased their retail side. "We like to grow niche vegetables and varieties such as green strawberries for chefs now," says Jimmy. "The Market at Pepper Place has charged us to diversify. We are now choosing quality over quantity more and more..."

Witt Farms featured in the Know Thy Farmer Market Book!