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Jefferson County Beekeepers Association

Jefferson County Beekeepers Association

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JEFFERSON COUNTY BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION
Jefferson County, Alabama

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
Birmingham, Alabama

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

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KENNEDY FARMS
Pell City, Alabama

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!

Knight's Farms

Knight's Farms

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KNIGHT'S FARMS
Clanton, Alabama

Family owned and operated since 1937 in Chilton County, Alabama. We strive to grow the best for our costumers. We love what we do and hope our consumers enjoy it as much has we enjoyed growing it.

Marble Creek Farmstead

Marble Creek Farmstead

MARBLE CREEK FARMSTEAD
Sylacauga, Alabama

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
Columbiana, Alabama

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!

Mountain Sun Farm

Mountain Sun Farm

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Mountain Sun Farm
Mentone, Alabama

Mountain Sun Farm is a certified organic fruit and vegetable farm located on Lookout Mountain in beautiful Mentone, Alabama. It was established in 2017 when Brian and Liz Simpson moved their farm, Southern Foothills Farm, to permanent land. The farm has ideal sandy loam soil and is at the headwaters of one of Alabama's cleanest watersheds, Little River. Our farming methods prioritize ecological diversity and improving soil quality through intensive cover cropping, crop rotation, natural fertilizers, promoting beneficial insects, trap cropping, and never using any pesticides that are synthetic, persistant, or have high toxicity to non-target organisms.  The farm is a member of 1% for the Planet and donates 1% of all sales to environmental non-profits.  In addition to Pepper Place Market, you can find our produce at local Whole Foods Market and Earth Fare locations.

Mt. Laurel Farms

Mt. Laurel Farms

MT. LAUREL FARMS
Birmingham, Alabama

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!

New Water Farms

New Water Farms

NEW WATER FARMS
Dadeville, Alabama

Located in Dadeville, Alabama, New Water Farms is part of a New Water Ministries. The farm is a beautiful 22 acre waterfront property that allows us to grow fruits and vegetables. The folks at New Water Farms use their vegetables and berries to make pickles, jams, jellies and a variety of other take-home goods. Fresh produce is also available! All goods sold provide support for our ministry of helping others be better disciples through our missionaries training. New Water is a 501(c)3 non-profit. 

North Alabama Wagyu

North Alabama Wagyu

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NORTH ALABAMA WAGYU
Vinemont, Alabama

North Alabama Wagyu offers locally-raised, all-natural beef from Cullman, Alabama. Our Wagyu influenced beef carries the same genetics found in world-renowned Kobe Beef. Wagyu is known for its great marbling and tenderness characteristics as well as its excellent flavor and health benefits.

Owls Hollow Farm

Owls Hollow Farm

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OWLS HOLLOW FARM
Gadsden, Alabama

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.

Penton Farms

Penton Farms

PENTON FARMS
Verbena, Alabama

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!

Petals From The Past

Petals From The Past

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PETALS FROM THE PAST
Jemison, Alabama

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
Verbena, Alabama

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

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RORA VALLEY FARMS
Goodwater, Alabama

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
Southside, Alabama

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
Holly Pond, Alabama

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!

Silver Lane Farms

Silver Lane Farms

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SILVER LANE FARMS
Greensboro, Alabama

Silver Lane Farm is located in Greensboro, Alabama. We are a family-owned and operated 11 acre open field, with four tunnel houses. We are a certified organic farm that is also GAP certified.

We pride ourselves in providing quality certified organic produce to everyone! We grow a wide variety of produce including heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, peas, squash (summer and winter varieties), lettuces, spinach, kale, collards, Swiss chard, arugula, herbs and a variety of shoots.

We're proud to carry on our farming tradition, from our family to yours!

Snow's Bend Farms

Snow's Bend Farms

SNOW'S BEND FARM
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

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!

Spinks' Farms

Spinks' Farms

SPINKS' FARMS
Hayden, Alabama

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

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STONE HOLLOW FARMSTEAD
Harpersville, Alabama

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

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TODD'S PRODUCE
Clanton, Alabama

"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
Talladega, Alabama

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
Birmingham, Alabama

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
Cleveland, Alabama

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!