Fresh produce still available



Whether you visit the Blount County Farmer’s Market or roadside vendors, the availability of local goods remains plentiful. Even as farmers are working on their fall crops, they still set aside time to ensure their summer selection is not neglected. Farmers simply want to meet the demand for quality fruits and vegetables that continue to produce late into the summer season.

Although fewer vendors are setting up at the Blount County Farmer’s Market in the latter part of this season, the selection of produce remains good at the “one stop shop” venue. From sweet potatoes to snake peppers to figs, it is definitely a place to visit for your produce needs. They are open each Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday morning, from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m., or until they sell out, whichever comes first. Get there early for the best selection.

Over the past week, farmers at the market were offering fresh green peanuts, muscadines, figs, sweet potatoes, ripe and green tomatoes, Cherokee purple tomatoes, salad tomatoes, okra, rattlesnake pole beans, and zucchini. Also available were summer squash, eggplant, cucumbers, and bell, Cubanelle, jalapeño, Poblano, and snake peppers. The availability of produce is subject to change from day-to-day, so ask if you do not see something you are searching for.

Allman Farm and Orchard has three varieties of apples available this week – Gala, Arkansas Black, and Sweet Tart. Watermelons, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, Orient pears, and three kinds of peppers can be found at the roadside stand. They still have red potatoes, Mountain Majesty and grape tomatoes, butternut squash, and local honey for your produce needs. Allman Farm and Orchard was featured on WBRC Fox 6 Absolutely Alabama this past weekend. Be sure to check out the segment on the WBRC website

Hazelrig Orchard continues to harvest Red and Golden Delicious apples, watermelons, and cantaloupes. You will also find sweet potatoes, ripe and green tomatoes, sweet onions, cucumbers, yellow and zucchini squash, and red potatoes on the shelves. If you are searching for local honey or Sand Mountain molasses, look no further.

Snead Produce reopened on Sept. 4 after taking a few days away from the roadside stands to tend to their fall crops. Currently available are watermelons, apples, tomatoes, okra, bell peppers, sweet peppers, and muscadines.

Whited Farms is in between green bean and cantaloupe patches, but look for those items to soon be back in stock. Corn, creamer potatoes, okra, squash, peas, and yellow and orange-meat watermelons line the shelves at their stand. Also pick up a jar of local honey or even a custom made t-shirt when you stop by for a visit.

At Copeland Farms, a few peppers and watermelons remain. The tomato crop continues to look good and will be available for several more weeks.

When visiting McCray’s Old Field Farm store, you never know what you mind find. Suzy does a wonderful job of creating both edible and fun items for everyone to enjoy. Even though there is no fresh produce currently available, patrons will enjoy finding jams and jellies, soaps and lotions, and beyond. Her products are made from all natural products grown right there on the farm.

Blount County farmers are the best. Remember to thank them for helping feed Blount County and beyond, and keep supporting their efforts to bring you top quality fruits and vegetables at a reasonable price.