by Tammy Smith
featured locally at Southern Ale House
Meet Our Artisans
there's nothing like buying and supporting local
When he isn’t giving his time to public service, Scott transforms deer antlers into beautiful crafts. He offers products such as coat racks, keychains, and necklaces, and is especially proud of the whistles he makes. Stop by and visit Scott on Saturdays for some fun finds!
Originally from India, Rikesh Patel started her business of colorful lights and lanterns seven years ago. Making her product throughout the year and selling it at both Tuesday and Saturday Farmers Markets, Rikesh loves interacting with her clients. She says her favorite thing about her business is being able to see where her product is placed within a home, business, parties, weddings and events. Her lamps are made of lurable, washable and weather resistant material which is ideal for any indoor or outdoor display.
The perfect "pick me up" to anyones day, Bloom Flower Truck makes sure that customers leave happy and smiling. Her idea was born after thinking that selling fresh flowers out of a truck was a bright and colorful idea for Tuscaloosa. Stop by and put a smile on someones face!
by Tammy Smith
featured locally at Southern Ale House
Ricardo has fallen in love with the Tuscaloosa community as he shares different dishes from Mexico. He enjoys meeting new people and them getting to see him in action in his food truck. His favorite menu items are quesadillas, burritos, and tacos.
Pamela Dobbins is a wife, college professor, entreprenur, author, and most importantly - a mother. Pamela has been educating and mentoring students for over 20 years. She loves to sew, craft and bake. Pamela started her business, Delightful Treats, in August 2017. She is a first generation vendor and loves the fact that her baked goods make people happy. Her favorite thing about her business is that she loves to interact with people and turn customers into friends. The best season for Pamela's product is year-round and her favorite item to sell is her delicious teacakes. Stop by the Farmers Market to enjoy one of her fabulous peanut butter cookies.
Pamela A. Dobbins
Sierra specializes in items where she loves to showcase her creativity. Her products are both meant for wear and decorations as she creates unique jewelry paintings, and other handmade crafts. You can find Sierra on Saturday’s at our Farmers Market!
Dione has brought her qualities and talents from the west coast of sunny California to Sweet Home Alabama. When she learned of her talents of making quality products, she decided to share it with her family and friends. Based off of the positive feedback she recieved, she set out to share with others. Stop by her booth as she pours her passion of science over into quality skincare products.
by Ron Wilson
Cutting boards - Lithopanes
Ron Wilson's smile alone will sell you on his woodworking.
Mrs. Kelley has always enjoyed cooking for her friends and family. She began milling her own wheat about a decade ago. That pivotal moment allowed for her to offer her breads to the public through Farmers Market. She began raising chickens and eggs about 4 years ago wjhile throughout the academic school year, she is an educator, making summer her most fruitful season. Make sure to stop by her booth and ask her about her favorite recipe, her 100% wheat bread!
Starting off as a student at the University of Alabama, Cynthia Robinson fell in love with Tuscaloosa and decided to make it her new home. Cynthia has been sewing for over 40 years and finally decided to turn her talent into a business 2 years ago. She says her favorite thing about her business is the creative process of turning a cusstomer's ideas into a finished product. Cynthia's favorite item to sell is her "Baby Ensemble", which includes bib, burppad and a blanket that is personalized with the baby's name or initials. Stop by the Tuesday Farmer's Market to see Cynthia and her beautiful creations!
Cynthia D. Robinson
Rain attended culinary school at Shelton State where she elevated her lifelong love for cooking. You can tell by her name that pies are her thing along with brownies, cakes, and muffins. She loves to see people enjoying her creations! Bring your furry friend by to meet her little dog and to purchase her homemade puppy treats.
Bobbie Bailey was flattered when friends told her she needed to sell her homemade cakes. But she never considered going into business until a restaurateur ask her to bake cakes for them. The business is a now full-time vocation for the recently retired Bailey. From Thanksgiving through Christmas, she said, she stays busy filling orders for red velvet, coconut, German chocolate and her most popular of all, caramel cakes.
Darlene is a new business owner, specializing in gluten free goods. From mini cupcakes, breads, and pies, her desserts will pack a big taste without the gluten. If you're looking for healthier alternatives, stop by her both on Saturdays.
J. Darcel Creations was started by Jessica Coats-McGee. She is very excited to be part of the Farmers Market year-round. You can find her selling her fabulous wreaths, floral arrangements and decorative vases on the Tuesday Farmers Market.
These beautiful and unique pieces will catch your eyes in an instant. Joni provides you with an array of class accessories and décor: jewelry, cheese servers, dishes, vases, coffee tables, dishes, and sushi dishes. Adorn your home with these handmade colorful staples.
While you may recognize her food truck from various locations around Tuscaloosa, you can now find it at the Farmers Market every Saturday! Kate Hartmann started Joyful Java in September 2017 with her two sons. Kate has always had a passion for coffee and finally decided on opening a mobile truck because it allows flexibility to attend different events and service different geographic areas. Her favorite thing about Joyful Java is the reaction she gets from her customers when they taste her beverages. She has heard, "Best hot chocolate in Tuscaloosa!" and "Best espresso in the south!". Getting to work with her sons is an added bonus. Kate's favorite items to sell is her peanut butter cup latte and espresso as well as her Nutella latte and espresso. Next time you need a little pick-me-up on a Saturday morning, come stop by Joyful Java and taste on of the many different coffees, lattes and espresso available!
Left Hand Soap Co. is a small batch soap and skincare company in Tuscaloosa Alabama with 14 years’ experience in quality, natural and organic skincare. While operating in Tuscaloosa they have worked with local breweries (Good People Brewing Co. & Druid City Brewing Co.), print makers (Yellowhammer Creative, The Southern Letterpress & Mammoth Print Shop) , health food (Manna Grocery & Deli), the Kentuck Art Center and consignment/vintage stores (Grace Aberdean).
Heather is a new resident of Tuscaloosa. Though she is new to the city, does not make her new to glassblowing. She has been customizing glass for 17 years. She is engaged in glass blowing by the art of making a vessel out of molten liquid. She loves the Fall and Christmas season because she is allowed to master her techniques and shapes. Stop by her booth for her beautiful blown glass pumpkins, cups, vases, bowls, ornaments and marbles.
Kiersten Ellis is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist and has interned with potters, painters, and textile/interior designers. She creates works of art with local clay from Hurricane Creek or Snow's Bend Farm, digging and processing the clay by hand. Each piece she creates promotes The Friends of Hurricane Creek, a water-keeper organization, or Snow’s Bend Farm, a local farm that utilzes organic farming techniques and serves Tuscaloosa and Birmingham with a Community Supported Agriculture Program.
Go back to your roots with Local Roots, a traveling food truck serving dishes made from local ingredients and shared by southern souls. Many of their menu items were inspired by Dustin's grandfather, and often feature fresh produce from other Tuscaloosa Farmers Market vendors.
BeBe is a writer, artist, and aspiring seamstress and cook. With a past of teaching, she is now in the classroom as a student as she is learning to be a master gardener. Not only is her name unique, but so are her products. Bebe specializes in things from artwork to bread. At her booth you can find handmade jewelry, granola, handmade and upcycled clothing, and accessories.
BeBe “Barefoot” Lloyd
Magnolia Breads is a family-owned business offering delicious, gluten and nut free baked goods. Their fan favorite is a lemon pound cake mix, and their high protein pancake mix is a great, healthy breakfast.
Tonya Moran is an artisan vendor at Farmer’s Market where she specializes in all natural skincare products. At her booth, she offers handmade soap bars, moisturizers body scrubs, bath salts, a multitude of skincare products amongst cosmetics. Whenever you’re in the need for an update in your skincare routine, stop by Mitzz Natural Skin Care.
If you’re looking for the perfect gift, look no further. Mr. Ron Wilson is your go-to guy for handcrafted cutting boards. You'll enjoy his patterned and jigged Alabama designs, meant to showcase your Alabama pride. Walking into the market, you will see him as one of the first smiling faces that will greet you each week at the Farmers Market.
For six years the Patton’s have been keeping bees alongside their dentistry profession. They started off with only two hives to expand for 50-60 hives. At their booth they provide honey and beeswax. Though it is hard work, they love seeing their bees come to fruition. They will be here year rounds, as long as they don’t sell out.
Joey & Emily Patton
The Moses family are Tuscaloosa natives that enjoy local arts and culture within the community. While they have been a long time supporter of the Tuscaloosa River Market, they have just recently become a vendor. Aubrey has been growing plants and flowers for 25 years and Scott decided to make a business out of it. They have been working with plants (succulents and cacti) for many years and have started to see a growing interest in plant care within the community. Because of their love for growing, they have outgrown their greenhouse space at home and wanted to start making the products available for others. Scott & Aubrey think the best thing about the business is the calmness and peace that working with plants provides. Each plant is unique and they enjoy educating others on the proper care and names of the many different types of succulents. Aubrey especially just cannot get enough of nature! While their plants can be grown and cared for year round, the spring, summer and fall is when the plants especially thrive outdoors. No picking favorites here! They love each and every plant they grow and enjoy having conversations with their customers about them all. If you are a fellow nature lover, come stop by the Farmer's Market and introduce yourself to the whole Moses family! You can find them here on Saturdays year round.
Scott & Aubrey Moses
Schuyler Winston is a 16 year old ambassador, President of her Junior class, Honor Roll Student and now, entreprenur. Schuyler started her business in 2017, but has been making and selling popcorn since the age of 9, when she got her first popcorn popper. First, she began making popcorn for her friends and family, and once she realized it was an enjoyable product to all, she started selling. Her favorite thing about her business is simply the fact that it is her's! She enjoys working for herself. You can find her year-round at the Farmers Market with her favorite popcorn to sell- caramel and cheese mix! Schuyler says, "It's crunchy, sweet, cheesy and tastes absolutely delicious!"
Valencia D. Winston
After retiring from catering, the Dockery’s have been selling their lemonade and shaved ice for 5 years. Some of their flavors include strawberry, green apples, blueberry, and much more. They love meeting new people because who doesn’t enjoy fresh squeezed lemonade? Find them here in the big yellow trailer serving you up refreshing goodness
Born and raised in Chicago, Laura Clark has been a Tuscaloosa resident for 30 years. The kitchen is Laura's happy place as her love of cooking comes from her Italian and German imigrant grandparents. Laura has been in business for about 7 years. She was inspired to start a business by her grandchildren, who she started making low and no sugar recipes for. Laura's favorite thing about her business is providing a great product, meeting new people and befriending repeat customers. Stop by the Farmers Market and try one of Laura's 20+ flavors of jams and jellies!
The tea truck concept came about after years of tea drinking, creativity in brewing, and a short stint as a farmer with Snow's Bend. John & Becca Gardner wanted to provide something unique to Tuscaloosa and make sure that they use the best ingredients, including those from local farms when possible. They’ve never been coffee drinkers and insist on the many health benefits to drinking tea. They bought an old horse trailer, converted it into a tea bar, and opened up for business in October of 2014.
Naomi is a retired mother of seven beautiful children. Farming has been a huge influence her entire life, making her a 5th generation farmer. Being raised on a farm further perpetuated her desire to farm as an adult. Her favorite thing about farming and her peanuts is being able to fellowship with an array of different people. Here at Farmer's Market she offers a variety of boiled peanuts that will cater to your southern tastebuds. Stop by and taste a bite!
Tammy bakes a decadent white chocolate cheesecake from scratch. This cheesecake is available at the Tuscaloosa Rivermarket on the first and third Saturday of each month from 7am-12pm. Also at the Rivermarket she is now selling single slices. It is always important that if you want orders for holidays you need to place your orders well in advance if you wish to secure one. Trust us, you won’t regret it! You can also follow her on Instagram and Twitter @that_cheesecak
The University of Alabama Press publishes books that foster an understanding of the history and culture of Alabama and the region. We plan on selling books on topics as varied as southern food and culture, the Civil War, and Alabama football. Throughout the year we will offer our newest releases, deep discounts, as well opportunist for signed copies and to meet our authors.
For orders: 800-621-2736
Since the start of her business in 2017, Tori has aimed to provide families with healthy sweet alternatives. Tori's Water Ice is a delicious frozen treat that is free of fat, dairy, cholesterol, peanut, and soy products. Throughout her journey, her favorite thing about selling her prodcuts are the smiles of her customers. Stop by during her favorite seasons of spring and summer to enjoy a refreshing strawberry lemonade water ice!
Diane Lawrence is a dairy farmer with a small family farm in Adger, AL. At her farm, they raise quality LaMancha Nubian and Saaen dairy goats. They are also members of the American Dairy Goat Associaiton. They have been making goat's milk soap and lotion bars since August 2017. Diane started her business when her daughter-in-law, Rebecca, got her involved in dairy goats and was instrumental in teaching her about goat's milk soap, it's benefits as well as it's production. Her favorite thing about her business is meeting new people and receiving complements from returning customers. You can find her at the Farmers Market all-year round selling her favorite oatmeal milk and honey goats milk soap, which is made which real oats and raw honey from one of our other vendors, Barry's Bees!
Brenda Johnson is a homemaker and native of Kansas. Brenda and her husband Joseph have 5 children and live on a small farm near Newbern, Alabama. Brenda started baking at 10 years old. She enjoys the memories that baking brings to mind. She mostly enjoys baking during the holiday season. Brenda's favorite recipes to make are her breads, especially yeast rolls.
Joseph & Brenda Johnson
Deb has been in business since 2012 where she has a farm here in Tuscaloosa, raising fiber alpacas, chickens, and Tennessee walking horses. Deb's joy of alpacas stems from their gentleness and curiosity. Their form of fiber makes for a ecologically friendly sustainable clothing, home goods, and decor. Her favorite item are her beautiful naturally colored alpaca shawls. Looking to keep warm, give a gift, or redecorate, stop by her booth.
Udderly Joyful Soapworks is a Lawrence family labor of love.
The Lawrence Family
Goats milk soaps
Charles & Carol Bannerman
John & Emily Burnette
Mike & Mary Burnette
Roy & Coleen Ferguson
Bartley & Betty Giles
Jimmy & Kim Gilliam
Richard & Melanie Harvell
John & Carol Ingram