Your guide to 15 local farmers markets in Birmingham

Pepper Place has become the iconic farmers market in Birmingham.
Vintage pic of Jones Valley founder Edwin Marty (l) at Pepper Place Market back in 2004. Photo from Facebook

Birmingham’s local farmers’ markets are plentiful in number and in offerings. At them, you’ll find fresh produce, meats, cheeses, flowers, handcrafts, handmade soaps, herbal medicines and so much more. Plus, you’re likely to run into friends and neighbors, making your outing all the more rewarding.

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Your guide to 59/20 construction in Birmingham including a handy app to make it easier

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Construction on the 59/20 bridges through Birmingham is definitely making traffic through the city different in 2019.
Bridge construction in Birmingham. Photo by Jon Eastwood for Bham Now

The lazy days of Summer are almost here. This means more cars are on the road headed to and through Birmingham. Worried about 59/20 bridge construction?  Never fear. We’ve got all the details for you right here.

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National Foster Care Month: 6 things Heart Gallery of Alabama wants you to know

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Heart Gallery Alabama takes professional photos of children in the foster care system.
Photo by Anna Filly Photography

Did you know that May is National Foster Care Month? Heart Gallery Alabama is an organization in Birmingham working to place children living in foster care in forever families.

Below are 6 things they want you to know about foster care, plus ways you can change the life of a child in the foster care system.

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7 things to know about building a tiny house from scratch by Bekah Blankenship

Bekah Blankenship is the sister of Bham Now's Jacob Blankenship.
Bekah Blankenship is the sister of Bham Now’s Jacob Blankenship. Photo by Bekah Blankenship

By now, who hasn’t heard about tiny houses? Maybe you’ve seen people talking about them on TV. You may even know someone (or, in my case, three other someones), who either have one or are in the process of building one.

To find out more about what’s behind the hype, we talked to Rebekah Blankenship. She’s the sister of Bham Now social media guy and amazing photographer Jacob Blankenship. He’s also documenting his sister’s process here.

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Peek into this Birmingham Mom’s designer closet. 11 details that make it super special.

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Closets by Design designer closets can make a place for everything.
This designer closet doubles as a retreat. Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

Ever wanted to peek into someone else’s closet to see how they organize all their stuff?  Bham Now did it! See what makes this Birmingham Mom’s custom closet work like magic.

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8 things to know about Soho Retro furniture shop in Homewood

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Soho Retro in Homewood is a mid-century modern lover's dream.
Looking into Soho Retro in Homewood. Photo by Sharron Swain for Bham Now

If you’re a fan of mid-century modern style, you’ve got to head over to Soho Retro. It’s right next to Holler & Dash on 18th Street in Homewood. Steve Thomas, the shop’s proprietor, has curated a treasure-trove of furniture and art that you’re going to love.

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9 things we love about Birmingham’s Crestline community, including Hidden Park

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"Hidden Park" is right in the heart of Birmingham's Crestline neighborhood.
“Hidden Park” is right in the heart of Birmingham’s Crestline neighborhood. Photo by Sharron Swain for Bham Now

Birmingham’s Crestline community is made up of two of the city’s 99 neighborhoods. If you don’t know someone who lives here, you might have been for the area’s “hidden park” or a couple of tasty restaurants in a little shopping strip off Hagood.

We took a look around to see what you might like to know about this tucked-away corner of the city.

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6 low-maintenance reasons to love Avondale’s Cottages on Fifth. Act fast. Only 3 left!

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Cottages on Fifth provides simple, elegant city living.
Cottages on Fifth—simple, elegant city living. Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

Once upon a time in Birmingham, the options for new, upscale single-family housing near the city center were almost nonexistent. Now, there’s Cottages on Fifth in Avondale. Not only are they close to all kinds of fun things, they’re ridiculously energy efficient and low-maintenance. Read on for all the details.

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Need a coffee table book? B-Metro’s publisher Joe O’Donnell is branching into the custom book biz

Joe O'Donnell is the publisher of B-Metro Magazine and head of Fergus Media.
Joe O’Donnell of Fergus Media. Photo supplied

Joe O’Donnell knows the power of a good coffee table book. The rich weave of stories and lush photographs. The slower pacing. The invitation to sit and savor for a while. For 10 years, he’s been at the helm of Fergus Media, which publishes B-Metro | The Magazine of Metro Birmingham Living and BhmBiz | Metro Birmingham Business.

Now, Fergus Media has tapped the coffee table magic to produce a gorgeous 200-page history called Woven Together: The Story of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians.

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4 awesome dog parks in Birmingham, including one with a beach

Sandy beach by the creek at the Hoover Dog Park.
Sandy beach by the creek near the Dog Park at Loch Haven. Photo by Joel Bullock

Dogs love playtime as much as kids do, and dog parks are the place to go when your pup needs some friend-action. The Birmingham area is lucky to have miles of trails and plenty of dog-friendly public parks. And, we found three dedicated dog parks and one unofficial one in the area.

We bet you know of others that we missed, too. Be sure to tag us on social media with pictures from your favorite dog parks.

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Southeastern women in tech: $4.1 million dollar initiative launched in Birmingham. Why it’s important

Young women can have fun and make friends while learning tech.
Young women having fun while learning. Photo from Tech Birmingham’s Facebook page

Southeastern women in tech got a huge shot in the arm yesterday. Thanks to the Cognizant U.S. Foundation and the National Center for Women in Technology (NCWIT), new opportunities are coming. By 2022, over 13,000 girls and women throughout the Southeast will benefit from new tech skills development opportunities. New skills, peer networks and support lead to new job opportunities.

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Got milk? 5 things to know about human milk banking in Birmingham

Junior League of Birmingham volunteers provided hundreds of hours of service to the Mother's Milk Bank of Alabama.
Part of the Junior League of Birmingham’s 2017-18 placement volunteer cohort that provided hundreds of hours of service. Photo from Facebook

Did you know Birmingham is home to the Mother’s Milk Bank of Alabama? Think of it as a food bank for some of our state’s most vulnerable citizens—children who, for one reason or another, aren’t able to get breastmilk straight from their moms.

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Vulcan Materials breaks new ground with THE YARD and Historically Black Colleges and Universities

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A large and diverse group gathered together for the announcement of the Vulcan-HBCU partnership through THE YARD.
International Debate Team Champions Texas Southern University, Vulcan Materials Executives, THE YARD Leadership Team, U.S. Conference of Mayors President Steve Benjamin (Center), African American Mayors Association President Oliver Gilbert (next to Benjamin)

Birmingham’s Vulcan Materials Company announced plans this week to support academic excellence programs at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The new grant initiative will support select Historically Black Colleges and Universities in key areas of the Southeastern United States that are part of the Company’s nationwide footprint.

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Magic City Flower Market opens April 29 in Avondale: flower fans rejoice

Ranunculus is always a favorite among flower-lovers in Birmingham.
Ranunculus is always a favorite among flower-lovers in Birmingham. Photo by Sarah Marshall

Starting April 29, Magic City Flower Market brings locally grown flowers to Birmingham. It’s at Rosegolden Flowers in Avondale (right across the street from The Abbey Coffee Shop). Mondays during growing season, it’s open from 10AM-1PM.

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7 things I learned from former death row inmate Anthony Hinton

Anthony Ray Hinton spent nearly 30 years on death row for two Birmingham murders he didn't commit.
North Avondale Branch Manager Saundra Ross, Gwendolyn Welch of the Chapter Chatters Book Club, Anthony Ray Hinton, Lester Bailey and another attendee at Hinton’s talk. Photo by Sharron Swain for Bham Now

Yesterday, Anthony Ray Hinton spoke to a crowded house at the North Avondale Library. Everyone came to hear the man whose memoir Oprah chose—not only for her Summer 2018 book club, but for her next movie.

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