Rebel against Black Friday madness – Patagonia 100% for the Planet
Black Friday. The kickoff of the holiday retail season. It can be madness.
At storefronts across America, people literally wait outside in long lines for hours to rush into retail stores immediately when the establishment opens at daybreak to purchase the latest electronic game or the hottest trendy toy. These type of events are often called “Doorbuster” sales.
In lieu of all the Black Friday madness, yesterday, Patagonia, one of the most successful and popular outdoor sustainable clothing companies in the U.S. announced its own special kind of Black Friday “Doorbuster” sale.
We can attribute Birmingham’s growth to many different factors in today’s economy, but the two leading forces are the immense amount of startups and revitalization of our communities/districts within city limits.
Are you good with keeping numbers in their place while keeping your wits about you? Do you know how to pivot a table, the Excel kind, not the dinner kind? Then you might be the right candidate for this rare opportunity at Vulcan Industries. See below.
“Johnny Apple Seed” is my favorite blessing, even though it’s a simple child’s song. Above is composer and songwriter Michele Brourman giving it a mature upgrade, but I still love to hear kids sing it before sharing a meal.
The short and sweet tune reminds me of attending Camp Sumatanga in Gallant, Alabama, where we would sing “Johnny Appleseed” before every meal.
There is a spiritual connection between food and nature, and I can thank the Methodist church for opening my eyes (and stomach) to the sweet message found its lyrics. I feel this same connection when visiting our state’s farmers and witnessing the fruits of their labor. One of my favorite ways to rekindle this connection is with a trip to purchase apples from an Alabama apple farm!
The state has handful of apple orchards, some where you can even pick your own apples. While the picking season ends at the end of October, the orchards below continue to sell the fruits of their labor until they run out.
Crow Mountain Orchard 6236 County Road 39 Fackler, AL 35746 256-437-9254 Crow Mountain Orchard, while not open for tours, boasts over 20 varieties of apples that they sell to the public. From Ginger Golds to Pippins, along with more common ones like Gala and Golden Delicious, Crow Mountain apples can also be purchased at seven different farmer’s markets.
Scott’s Orchard 2163 Scott Road, Hazel Green, AL 35750 (256) 828-4563 Scott’s Orchard is the largest apple orchard in Tennessee, but they are technically located in Alabama. Confused? Don’t be! The 150-acre farm stretches across the state line. They serve apples, peaches, cider, apple and peach cider slushies, vegetables, honey and molasses.
1695 Co Rd 1141, Cullman, AL 35057
Phone: (256) 734-5249
Steele’s Orchard is located in Cullman, and they give tours of the orchards (unlike most) in addition to selling apples and apple goods on site. Steele’s Orchard has a gift shop and bakery that’s open through December, selling everything from southern fried pies toapple-wood chips for barbecuing.
Now, what to do with all those apples after your day trip? My personal favorite is this healthy breakfast muffin, made with candied ginger and whole-wheat flour. You can also find this recipe on the Bham Now Facebook page.
Apple Ginger Muffins
2 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1 tbsp. chopped candied ginger (available at asian markets) 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. cinnamon 1/4 tsp. salt 1 c. small-diced apples 1/2 c. vegetable oil 1 eggTopping: 2 tbsp. flour 2 tbsp. brown sugar 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 1 tbsp. butter 1 tbsp. candied ginger, chopped finely
Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line 12 muffin cups with paper baking cups In large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, ginger, baking soda and salt; blend well.In medium bowl, combine apples, oil, and egg; blend well and Add to Your dry ingredients; stir just until dry ingredients are moistened. don’t over mix! Divide batter evenly among muffin cups.
In a small bowl, combine the topping ingredients and sprinkle over batter. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
This week, U.S. Magistrate Judge John Ott dismissed a lawsuit that sought to block the federal and state project to replace and widen the elevated portion of Interstate 20/59 through downtown Birmingham.
Earlier today, the Final Five of the Blazer Innovation Challenge got the chance to present their ideas to a handful of well-respected judges. They shared a new generational perspective of innovative ideas to their peers, UAB mentors, and other attendees.
Little River Falls – the waterfall is gone (Oct. 2016)
“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin
Alabama is in the midst of one of the most devastating droughts in our history. For a generation, the Alabama Rivers Alliance (ARA) and watershed groups have called on state officials to create a statewide water management plan to address issues such as drought emergencies.
On Tuesday AT&T announced its plan to bring high-speed fiber Internet to Birmingham, with speeds “20X faster than the average cable customer.” According to a news release, customers will be able to “download 25 songs in 1 second or a 90-minute HD movie in less than 34 seconds.”
According to AL.com, “The service will cost $90 for one GB per second as a standalone service and is similar to another recently offered in Huntsville. It can be cheaper when bundled with other offers from AT&T.”