Looking for healthy food options for your dinner table? The Market at Pepper Place is full of vendors who grow, raise and create resources to promote healthy living. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama is a proud lead sponsor of the local farmers market that occurs every Saturday in Pepper Place.
Know before you go
Plan your next weekend trip to the Market at Pepper Place to explore all the wonderful resources available for healthy living.
- Location: The Market at Pepper Place, 2829 2nd Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233
- When: Saturdays rain or shine | 7AM-12PM
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1. Check out cooking demos by locally-acclaimed chefs
One of the fantastic resources at The Market at Pepper Place is access to live cooking demos. The “In The Kitchen” series is a great opportunity to find out how to create healthy, tasty and easy meals.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama sponsors Market Days, Weekly Chef Demos and Wellness Days. Mark your calendar for these upcoming demos:
- Saturday, August 19, 9AM | Live Cooking Demo | Chef Joseph Mitchell of Jefferson State Culinary School prepares a fresh dish with samples + take-home recipes for you.
- Saturday, August 26, 9AM | Summer BBQ Salad | Van Sykes of Bessemer’s historic Bob Sykes Bar-B-Q prepares the ultimate summertime BBQ salad with samples, take-home recipes to follow and copies of his latest cookbook.
2. Load up your basket with delicious fruits + veggies
At the market, you’ll find everything from beautiful strawberries, beets, carrots, peppers and more, locally sourced from farmers around the state.
When you choose to eat seasonally, you’re supporting Alabama farmers year-round and giving yourself the benefit of fresh and tasty deliciousness.
Discover what’s growing in Alabama now to plan your recipes.
3. Buy meat from local farmers
Why buy meat at the grocery store when you can buy it from the farmers themselves each Saturday morning at the market? Shop fresh, pasture raised pork, chicken, duck, turkey, lamb, beef and rabbit. Vendors who sell meat products at the market include:
- HD Farm
- Indigo Ridge Farms
- J’s Cattle Company
- North Alabama Wagyu
- Sherrill Family Farms
- Twin Springs Farms
- Yellow Rose Ranch
4. Get fresh milk and cheese from local dairies
Pick up your high-quality milk and fine cheese while you are shopping. Bonus: Dairy-free options are available. Dairy vendors include:
5. You can get seafood from the Gulf, too
If you want to make seafood party of your weekly diet, check out Bayou Gourmet—they sell specialty seafood products handcrafted in Bayou La Batre, the seafood capital of Alabama.
6. Try locally-made honey
Honey tastes good on just about anything. Grab a jar for your tea, hard cheeses and fruit to enjoy more flavor. The honey comes from bee companies across the state. Vendors who sell honey products at the market include:
7. Pick up gluten-free options
It can be hard to find food options that are completely gluten-free. The Market at Pepper Place has multiple vendors who sell all types of gluten-free goods from muffins and cookies to kombucha and nuts. Gluten-free vendors include:
8. Get your knives sharpened for safer chopping
Susan Green is passionate about all things cooking and making sure you have the sharpest knife for your fresh veggies and fruits. Her hand-sharpening services allow you to drop your cooking knives off with her while you shop the market. Head home with your fresh produce and sharp knives so you can get right to cooking.
9. Make plans now to head to FOOD + Culture Fest on October 12-15
Mark your calendars for FOOD+Culture Fest on October 12-15. Venues around the city, primarily Pepper Place and Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark, will feature five signature events over four days, including more than ten dinners, an amplified farmers’ market experience, and over 50 featured chefs, mixologists, brewers, pitmasters and more. Buy your tickets now.