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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10 FREE ways to celebrate Mom this Mother’s Day weekend in Birmingham

Bham Now’s very own Christine Hull with her daughter at the Birmingham Zoo

In Birmingham we love our mamas, and this coming weekend is all about HER. Sure, you can buy your mom an expensive gift, but enjoying a fun, memorable activity should be at the top of your list. We found ten that are FREE. You are most welcome.

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10 unique and Birmingham local gift ideas for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and we don’t want you heading home empty-handed. Here are 10 Birmingham local Mother’s Day gift ideas that we know she’ll love including local favorites like Wild Honey Flower Truck and Dreamers Supply Co.

We are swooning over this brown paper and fresh flower magic. Photo via Wild Honey Flower Truck
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7 reasons we’re obsessed with the West Homewood area in Birmingham

Pizzaria GM in West Homewood. (Photo by Christine Hull for Bham Now)
Pizzeria GM in West Homewood. (Photo by Christine Hull for Bham Now)

Have you checked out West Homewood recently? Well, I hadn’t in a long time and was pleasantly surprised when I stumbled into the cute area around Patriot Park. A quick walk around the block of darling little bungalows, businesses and restaurants had me dialin’ up my realtor and planning my next family move. Here are the highlights of my adventure.

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Fertilizing your new spring garden? Your help is needed to reduce phosphorus in Birmingham waterways. 2 things you can do now

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Algae Blooms in the Cahaba river are a huge problem for the ecosystem. Caused by increased phosphorus levels in the water, the blooms deplete the water of oxygen , thus killing off nearby fish.
Algae Blooms in the Cahaba River are a huge problem for the ecosystem. Caused by increased phosphorus levels in the water, the blooms deplete the water of oxygen, thus killing off nearby fish. (Photo via the Cahaba River Society)

Instead of spending $20-30 million on wastewater plant upgrades, Jefferson County is hoping you’ll help contain the last 1% of phosphorus in local waterways by not putting a certain type of fertilizer on your yard this spring. Why should you care and what can you do? Bham Now explains.

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Where to watch Alabama and Auburn A-Day games + more sports including the Masters and Birmingham Legion this weekend in Birmingham

This weekend is a busy one for sporting events in the south. You’ve got A-Day Games happening in Tuscaloosa and Auburn; The Masters happening in Augusta, Georgia; Birmingham Legion heading to St. Louis; and the Birmingham Bulls entering the SPHL Playoffs in Pelham! Here’s your weekend guide to watching and celebrating #sports this weekend in Birmingham.

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5 things you need to know about Regions Tradition Watering Hole, epicenter of the action May 8-12

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Tito’s Terrace is the place to grab the best cocktail on the course! 
The Watering Hole is the place to grab the best cocktail on the course at Regions Tradition Wednesday, May 8 through Sunday, May 12.

Regions Tradition at Greystone Golf and Country Club in Hoover returns Wednesday, May 8 through Sunday, May 12.  Bham Now wants to let you in on everything else that’s going on at the tournament, starting with what’s happening at The Watering Hole—your place to find the best food, drink and entertainment at the Regions Tradition.

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6 things to expect at your first Ignite Cycle ride in Birmingham’s Pepper Place

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The biggest surprise of our ride? The arm work. The four-minute arm routine with small weights might seem easy. Spoiler alert: it's not.
Move over, Soul Cycle! Ignite Cycle, Birmingham’s premiere boutique cycle studio, is open for business and ready to transform your body, mind and soul. (Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now)

Ignite Cycle has been open for a month in Pepper Place, and holy moly, what a month it’s been for Birmingham’s only boutique indoor cycling studio! Bham Now took over a class recently, and we have a lot to share about our newest fitness obsession. Here are 6 tips we’re passing along for your first ride at Ignite Cycle.

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Your guide to 8 Birmingham-area farms offering CSA shares this Spring

Veggie Bags from Jones Valley Teaching Farm at Putnam Middle School. Photo from Jones Valley

Now that Spring is here, it’s time to think about buying a CSA share with a local farm. CSA stands for “community supported agriculture,” and buying one is kind of like becoming part of the family of a local farm.

Here in Birmingham, we’re lucky to have choices for our CSA shares. We found eight to choose from.

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