• Taylor Stewart

Pepper Place Picks 7.09.2019

Updated: Aug 3, 2019

There's only one word to describe July in Alabama. Hot. There's a whole lot of sweat, thirst, and fanning yourself with your hand. This is a friendly reminder to put on your big floppy hat and bring a bottle of water (some for your furry friends too!) when you visit the Pepper Place Market this month. If you're new to Pepper Place Picks, you can check our our June column here!

Here at camellias our staff wanted to highlight people that are just like us, Rooted in Alabama. Some of these vendors drive several hours just to have a booth at our farmer’s market. Just like our last column, this week we're highlighting two farms, two artisans, and one unique stall that sets up shop at Pepper Place in Birmingham, AL. We hope our selection of Pepper Place Picks will help you keep cool as you wade through this month.

A container of blackberries displayed by Witt Farms booth at Pepper Place Marketing Birmingham, AL. Photo by Kristina Balčiūnaitė

Witt Farms

Since 1957, Witt Farms has been a family owned and operated farm based out of Hayden, Alabama. While they are known for their wide range of freshly grown fruits and vegetables, I have to say that their blackberries are in one word: legendary. Both in size and taste, Witt Farms blackberries scream summertime. Next time you see their booth at the Market at Pepper Place, grab a bushel and take them home. I recommend making a spinach based salad, toss some goat or feta cheese in, maybe a few pecans, and drizzling it with some balsamic vinaigrette.

Floral display for Hepzibah Farms at Pepper Place Market. Photo by Kristina Balčiūnaitė

Hepzibah Farms

This Pepper Place Pick is a small creative eco-farm planted in Talladega, Alabama. They have been growing strong for the past eight years and put together colorfully adventurous bouquets for your enjoyment. Pick up some of their flowers for you, your friends, or a loved one. Don’t worry, if you miss Hepzibah Farms at Pepper Place on Saturday, you can find them on Wednesdays at the Magic City Flower Market, at Chocolata downtown, and through their Cut Flower Club.

After Midnight Salsa Co. display at Pepper Place Market. Photo by Kristina Balčiūnaitė

After Midnight Salsa Co.

While you may hear about After Midnight Salsa Co. at Pepper Place, he’s also known as the “Salsa Guy.” I can’t go a Saturday morning without stopping by and trying a new salsa each time, even if I have a container from the previous week still in my fridge! You’re instantly greeted by a warm and friendly face and then introduced to the plethora of freshly made salsa in front of you. My personal favorite is the black bean corn blend as well as their Fire In The Hole (warning: this salsa is not for the faint of heart. When they say fiery, they mean it!)

Granola made by Big Sky Bread Company on display at the Pepper Place Market. Photo by Kristina Balčiūnaitė

Big Sky Bread Company

At Big Sky Bread they make bread the old fashioned way. Patti and Jeff opened their first storefront in Mountain Brook Village in 1994. Since then, bread has been their passion. Using only the very best, all-natural ingredients, their secret is in using stone ground wheat from northern Montana. You can visit them at Pepper Place and try a sample of their oatmeal raisin cookie then take home a loaf of your very own. Their granola is a great pairing for your favorite serving of yogurt.

FETCH: A Treat Truck For Dogs

It seems like Birmingham is becoming a dog city quickly. People take their dogs with them everywhere, and that includes Pepper Place. FETCH isn’t your average food truck, because their only customers are dogs. Allison Whitfield-Smith, the founder of FETCH, began making treats and ice cream after she saw a national news segment featuring food trucks for dogs. Now, FETCH has become the first of its kind in Alabama and their treats range from lactose free ice cream to grain free treats. Next time you’re hanging out beneath the Dr. Pepper sign, reward your good boy or girl with a special treat from FETCH: A Treat Truck For Dogs.

FETCH a food truck for dogs serves furry friends at Pepper Place Market. Photo by Kristina Balčiūnaitė

Do you have any thoughts or comments to share? Are you from out of state and think we should visit your farmer's market? Is there a stall at Pepper Place we have to check out? Let us know by leaving a comment or emailing us at camellias.bham@gmail.com

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