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Meet Our Farmers
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Artistic Creations is created by Robert Lewis. Robert's favorite thing about being an artist is possessing the ability to create works of art that can be both aesthetically appealing and also functional. Robert's favorite verse relating to his art is "Every good and perfect gift comes from God" -James 1:17 Robert says that God has blessed him with a gift of artistry and what he does with his gift will be a blessing to him and his creation.
Smokey Smith and his son Gary farm 15 acres by themselves in Brent, Alabama. B & S grows tomatoes, beans, peas, squash, potatoes, okra, cabbage, lettuce, peppers, eggplants, carrots, collards, onions, and a bunch of other fresh veggies.
The Bannerman’s have been farming between 20 and 30 years. The thing that Carol likes best about farming is watching the plants grow. She believes the most challenging thing about farming is the heat! The Bannerman’s take pride in their free range chickens.
Linda Barry brings local honey, creamed honey, and blueberries from Fosters, Alabama.
Andrew has been farming for 3 years. He feels farming brings him closer to nature. He also enjoys being outdoors. Andrew believes the most challenging thing about farming is nature.
He takes pride in being an organic farmer.
Melanie and Richard Harvell have been farming for 30 years. Their favorite things about farming include working for themselves in the fresh air and peace and quiet. Their produce is unique because it is raised from birth with no chemicals added. Although there can also be challenging elements about farming, they love it anyway!
Burnette Farms is represented by the Hale clan of Chilton County. They bring along with them the finest peaches you've ever seen.
Got a big order? Call it in! Then pick it up fresh in TTown on a Saturday or Tuesday.
Clay Farms has been in business for 6 years. Their favorite part about farming is being able to see things grow!
Dan McCracken has been farming since he was a child, and he’ll be seventy years old this fall. He says his parents made him help with their farm, and he’s been doing it ever since.
Dan grows everything from tomatoes and peppers to melons and edamame. He uses plastic culture to grow his crops. This allows for more control than most other types of farming. The plants get what they need and they’re healthier.
Dan says his favorite thing about farming is watching the crops grow and hoping things will be ready to sell. He says he worries about droughts, diseases and pests the most. Another challenging thing is producing things that look better than the rest – That’s why they use very few pesticides on their products.
Druid City Garden Project uses school gardens, farm stands and educational programs to help diverse communities in Alabama build vibrant food systems. By increasing access to fresh, locally-grown produce, they empower their community to make healthy and sustainable food choices. They dream that one day every school in Alabama will have a teaching garden.
The Fields have been farming for about 20 years.
Field’s farming is a family operated business and have become most know for their good corn. The Field’s believe the most challenging thing about farming is the weather.
Bartley Giles has been farming for over thirty years. He owns G & G Farm, where he grows honey, strawberries, tomatoes, collards, melons, and okra. They also have beautiful orchards with a wide variety of apples, plums, peaches, and citrus.
Bartley says that while his favorite part of farming is being outside with his garden, the unpredictable weather can be the most challenging thing about farming.
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 his business.
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.
For 40 years, Harold Booth has been farming. He really enjoys being his own boss in addition to being outside watching what he has grown.
Weather and hard work is what is most challenging for him. Mr. Booth says his products are unique because they have required his blood, sweat and tears!
John Ingram was born and raised on a produce farm buying and selling from ages 12-21. Quality and customer satisfaction are guaranteed by Ingram. John, a local practicing CPA, grew up on a truck farm in Pike County. Now, John mainly does it has a hobby and educational experience for his grandson for the past three years. John's favorite thing about being a farmer is the creation of plants and watching things grow and produce. He also loves the challenges of timely production and irrigation. John says that one of his favorite quotes is "Never put off til tomorrow what can be done today". Another motto he lives by is "You lose some and you win some. Just keep planting."
His family has operated a full-size grocery store known as Ingram Curb Market, located in Troy, Alabama since 1959. Ingram's produce includes plump, juicy tomatoes, hearty sweet potatoes, crisp greens and other delicious produce products. The growing seasons come and go, but they carry fresh fruits and vegetables all year!
Randy Jones has been farming for over 30 years. He and his wife own JJ’s Produce, and raises some very beautiful and yummy peaches.
Randy says the hardest thing about farming is the weather and insects. However, he says the best thing about farming is the different things you can grow.
Karen has been farming for 3 years. She is a 1st generation farmer. Karen's favorite thing about farming is watching the seeds grow to become something beautiful to eat or look at. The love of growing and the satisfaction of knowing where her food is coming from is what makes her want to farm. Karen's farm grows vine-ripened tomatoes, lettuce, asparagus, blackberries and various vegetables. She also has fresh eggs, honey and bees wax products. Karen also offers occasional baked goods and pickles. Karen's favorite vegetable is a tomato. Her favorite recipes are her cheesecake brownies and tomato sandwiches.
La-ren's Farm was formed in 2000 by Larry and Rena Jarvis. The name "La-ren" is a compilation of their names Larry and Rena.
A master gardener, Larry raises chickens for their fresh eggs, and keeps an organic garden of tomatoes and other delicious veggies.
Larry says his favorite thing about farming is that it allows his family to be fairly self-sufficient. He and Mrs. Rena are also avid recyclers. In fact, the Jarvis’s greenhouse is made from recycled car tires, and their barn was constructed from recycled materials that Larry took from a building on the old Shelton State campus.
Left Hand Soap Co. is a small batch soap company in Tuscaloosa Alabama with 14 years experience in quality, natural and organic skincare. In 14 years operating in Tuscaloosa we 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). Find us atHomegrown Alabama Farmers' Market on Thursdays, too!
We proudly reinvest in our community's arts in the Bama Art House Series at the Bama Theatre; where we have sponsored titles that include "The Other F-Word", "The Sessions", "Brooklyn Castle", "Black Dynamite" and "Turn Me On, Dammit". We proudly sponsor Theatre Tuscaloosa's 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 production season and cultural dynamos Well That's Cool, Pink Box Burlesque, Tuscaloosa Monorail and Birmingham's awesome New Recipe to Me. We welcome opportunities to support local, regional and emergency charitable organizations whenever possible.
Left Hand Soap Co. strives to have a positive relationship with their fellow workers, customers, community and the environment through quality craftsmanship and responsible business practices.
The Pearson’s have been farming for a little over 5 years.
What they enjoy most about farming is being able to meet people, talk to them, and share knowledge about plants and flowers.
The Pearson’s most challenging thing about farming is transporting plants to markets while maintaining a sellable condition. They said it is very stressful and rough on plants to move them frequently which makes loading and unloading very challenging.
Our products are very aesthetic – they add value and beauty to property.
Richard Norris has been farming for 20 years. The thing he likes best about farming is getting to watch everything grow. The most challenging thing about farming to Richard is weather. Being locally grown and handled with care is what makes his products unique.
Ron Wilson hand crafts beautiful wooden cutting boards. You'll enjoy his patterned and jigged Alabama designs. Ron's also one of the first smiling faces that will greet you each week at the Farmers Market.
Pam Marlowe has owned and operated Saylor's Closet for over a year now. She makes completely hand-stitched clothing for both children and adults. She says when her name goes on it, she wants it to be the best.
Pam says the best thing about making clothing is that she can work at her own speed and can sew for enjoyment – it doesn’t have to be stressful. She admits that sewing does come with challenges, namely pleasing her customers.
For over 10 years, Margaret Ann and David have been farming. Their greatest satisfaction from farming is cultivating the food that they get to eat. They feel the most challenging thing about farming is keeping up with different variations of products.
Snow’s Bend prides itself in being chemical, fertilizer, and pesticide free.
Snow's Bend Farm is located outside Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in the rural community of Coker. The ecological mix of wooded hills, coves, ridges, forested swamp, and bottomland pasture allows native species to flourish and makes for quite a scenic landscape.
Through much hard work and intense determination the two’s garden has grown from less than ¼ acre in 2004 to more than 10 acres in 2010, on which 50 different vegetables of nearly 250 varieties and numerous cut flowers are grown. Then 2009 brought the first livestock to the farm.
James Swiney usually has a pile of tomatoes to pick from along with a slew of other beautifully homegrown veggies. Find him at the market most Tuesdays and Saturdays all year long.
Owners, Becca and Jonathan Gardner
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. We wanted to provide something unique to Tuscaloosa and make sure that we use the best ingredients, including those from local farms when possible. We also use ingredients from the Fair Trade Market, which ensures that workers are paid a fair wage, and ingredients grown organically. We've never been coffee drinkers and there are many health benefits to drinking tea, so we bought an old horse trailer, converted it into a tea bar, and opened up for business in October of 2014.
I bake 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 I am 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. You can contact me at 205-826-5238. You can also follow me on Instagram and Twitter. My handle on both is that_cheesecake
Robin and Shannon Terry together with their boys toil in the fields each week to bring us healthy bounty. Peaches are the main crop at Terry Farm and Mr. Terry will always offer you a bight before you buy. Taste and see!
In parts of Greene County in western Alabama, two saltwater aquifers make production of shrimp far from the ocean possible. Now Odom, one of three inland shrimp farms in Alabama, has more customers than shrimp. “We sell our [shrimp] direct to the customer,” Odom says. “We built this business selling direct to the public and that’s how it’s gonna be.”
At $4 a pound for medium and $6 a pound for jumbo, buying shrimp from Odom is significantly cheaper (and customers say better) than shrimp you can buy at the beach or from your local grocery store.
Check out this article for more information on how they grow their shrimp: Odom Shrimp Farm
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.
Johnny knows pork better than some who claim to be pork people
Johnny Nuckols & Cindy Fitts
Bartley Giles has been farming for over thirty years and is loving every minute of it
Bartley & Betty Giles
Honey, peaches, tomatoes, and more
Johnny's day starts at four in the morning, he lives to farm and farms to live.
Growing fresh produce and more
Charles & Carol Bannerman
John & Emily Burnette
Mike & Mary Burnette
Roy & Coleen Ferguson
Bartley & Betty Giles
Jimmy & Kim Gilliam
Richard & Melanie Harvell
John & Carol Ingram