Monthly Archives: May 2014

Update

I’m sorry to say that Southern Trial Pecan Pie Co, has chosen not to
return for various reasons. We wish them the very best.

Yesterday’s opening

Yesterday went well. We had perfect weather and a large turnout.
The mayor, city officials, and members of the chamber were present for
the 12:30 PM ribbon cutting. Our new growers/vendors Southern Trail
Pecan Pie Co, sold gluten free, organic pies, and W&W Farms sold
produce, eggs, and U.S.D.A. meats. Next week, May 29th, one of our
sponsors, Scott Cantrell State Farm will be giving out free water. We
look forward to seeing you.

Tomorrow’s opening

For tomorrow’s opening, there will be no sales of berries or honey.
I’ve been informed that the berry plants are in abundance and won’t be
ready to pick for a couple of weeks. The blueberries are still several
weeks from being harvested. The blackberries will be available on June
5th; likewise, the sale of honey will start on the June 5th date, too.
For those that wish to compete in the June 19th blackberry cobbler
bake-off contest, you can contact Judy/John Burton, Judy Bee’s and
Honey, at (205) 631-2895 for purchase of the blackberries. Due to
various reasons, Hazelrig Orchards and Sweet Treats will not be present
this week, and both will be back next week. We look forward to seeing
you tomorrow.

Where to purchase produce

For those who wish to enter the cobbler bake-offs, the produce must be
purchased from the following growers; registration must be filled with
each grower, too. More information about rules will follow.

Blackberry – Judy Bee’s Honey and Blueberries
Apple – Hazelrig Orchards
Sweet Potato – Calvert Farm
Peach – Witt Farms

Activities and updates

An update regarding the peach bake-off contest on September 18th will be
strictly peach cobbler.

May 22 – Ribbon cutting at 12:30 PM, and we’ll have the newly marked
trailer on display. We’ll have our monthly knife sharpening. TriGreen
Equipment will have some of their John Deere products on display.

May 29 – Scott Cantrell, from State Farm, will be giving out water and
other promotional items.

June 5 – Jim ‘N Nicks will sponsor children’s activities. The Jef Co
Sheriff’s office will present a texting and driving simulator/course;
this will most probably take place across the street at the Gardendale
First Baptist Church or Gardendale High School parking lot because they
will need the room. Registration will be at the Gardendale Police
Department’s booth where the police department will be giving out
children’s id cards.

June 12 – A rep from the Clean Air will be present. The Coke trailer
will be back – free coke products for everyone.

June 19 – Black Berry Cobbler Bake-off – John Burton. Another
unconfirmed activity is in the works.

June 26 – Bee demonstration – John Burton. A petting zoo will be there
and free Mayfield Ice Cream.

Certified Farmers Market (CFM)

Certified Farmers Market (CFM) – The CFM is a unique and special market
designation that boasts the’ badge’ of being different and ahead of the
common market organization. Market fans across Alabama will look for
‘the CFM Badge’ posted at your market site to unite you with the most
prestigious group of markets in Alabama.

This is a program created to establish trust and integrity for
consumers at the local farmers market. The Alabama CFM is definitely a
step above the non-Certified Farmers Market.

The Alabama Farmers Market Authority serves to promote the sale of
Alabama-grown farm products by giving local farmers the chance to sell
food they raise directly to consumers and allowing consumers to buy
fresh food from the farmers who raise it. The Alabama Department of
Agriculture and Industries’, Farmers Market Authority accomplishes this
purpose by providing local farmers markets the opportunity to become
Certified State Farmers Markets, thus giving consumers confidence that
they are buying only fresh, locally raised produce.

The “Alabama Certified Farmers Market Program” is created to promote and
identify a market place for Alabama grown fruits, vegetables, plants,
and other products made and/or processed in Alabama.