5 Reasons that a Pumpkin is Better than a Man

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Just kidding, Lefty…You are always better.  😉

Look what I found………

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Got this wheelbarrow at a yard sale for $5!

Look what I did!

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I cleaned the wheelbarrow and filled it with pumpkins from Isom’s Orchard.

This week was fall break. Woot-woot! So Princess Buttercup went to our favorite farmer’s market, Isom’s Orchard. The Isoms have run this establishment for as long as I can remember. Look for fresh peaches in the summer, and everything fall in the…well, fall!

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“I don’t see how a pumpkin patch can be more sincere than this one. You can look around and there’s not a sign of hypocrisy. Nothing but sincerity as far as the eye can see.” (Linus van Pelt by Charles Schultz)

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Apple Slushies!

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Gourds

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Baby pumpkins!

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Fun fall!

A Road Trip to Cullman — Festhalle Market Platz

veggies_farmers_mktThe Festhalle Market Platz is an outdoor farmer’s market covered by a huge wooden-framed pavilion that provides its customers a place to buy the freshest vegetables, artisan breads, canned goods, food trucks, and whatever else you can think of.

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Located in the downtown Cullman area, visitors may shop there from April – October, every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.

My friend K and I headed south of Huntsville last Saturday and found that Cullman had streets blocked off to promote the long pedestrian area. We parked for free and walked across the old train tracks to eat lunch at Rumors, a delicious Cullman, Alabama deli, where we both chose the chicken salad.

Oh, it was sooooo good!

Afterwards, we walked along the farmer’s market to see what was what.

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Cindy of Cindy’s Creations offered her flavorful Hot Chow Chow that goes great on hotdogs or can stand alone with chips.

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Cindy says, “This is one of the best things that I sell, along with the Cowboy Candy.” This entrepreneur is around my age and is in her 3rd year of business college. What an inspiration to me, personally!

She also takes pottery classes from a fellow Festhalle Market Platz vendor who runs  Abbott Pottery.

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Beautiful texture–from Sandra Abbott.

 

Stay tuned for the rest of the road trip story, when K and I visit one of my favorite stores on the face of the earth: Southern Accents Architectural Antiques. (Note: Very photo intensive!)

 

Buddy’s Tomatoes and Produce at Athens Saturday Market

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Hi All!

I went back to Athens Saturday Market last Saturday (as the name of the market implies!). This time I got a bunch of tomatoes from Buddy’s Tomatoes and Produce. He has got all types of heirloom tomatoes from Cherokee Purples to yellow German (Something-or-Others). And a whole bunch more varieties.

He will cut into them and let you try before you buy, which is really a great idea. I tried the yellow German type last Saturday and then had to come back this week to buy one.

Mr. Buddy’s farm is in the west of Limestone county, and I read on his Facebook page that you can visit his farm on Thursdays to buy tomatoes. Yum!
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Almost all of the tomato pictures are from Buddy’s Tomatoes and Produce’s FB page…He was nice enough to let me use his pictures.

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Suzanne’s Bakery is one of my favorite eateries in Athens, Alabama. She had a booth at Saturday’s market, too.

I was remiss last week to mention Tommy Friend’s jazz band. I can’t remember the name of the band, but I do know that they are amazing! Tommy plays the saxophone like smooth chocolate. The band plays continuously at the outdoor market–the sound of elegant jazz resonates throughout the pavilion. Perfect!

I’m including a photo of Mr. Buddy on a Massey Ferguson tractor; I have fond memories of my dad’s Massey, puttering in the hay field while we played in the creek during summers in rural south Alabama.

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Massey Ferguson


Buddy's Farm.

Buddy’s Farm.

Athens Saturday Market

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Athens Saturday Market.

Athens Saturday Market

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It’s hard to believe that today is the thirteenth of August. Princess Buttercup is back in school, and once again it’s quiet around the house. Summer is nearly getting away from us!

Fortunately, you still can take advantage of the Athens Saturday Market through August.

Although the market is small in square feet, it still packs a punch with a huge variety of fresh fruit, veggies, and homemade salsas, relishes, pickles, etc.

I met the nicest man, Leonard, who works for J. D. Turner’s farm in Harvest, AL. He had a truckload of mouth-watering tomatoes and other vegetables. I took home about a dozen ears of sweet corn that Lefty grilled along with his famous hamburgers. We had such a feast on Saturday night! Yum! Yum!

Hope you guys enjoy the pictures and take advantage of your local farmer’s markets while you can!

J D Turner Farm in Harvest, AL.

J D Turner Farm in Harvest, AL.

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Live music.

Live music.

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Homemade Sugar Cookies.

Homemade Sugar Cookies.