Try a fun day trip to one of Alabama’s orchards

“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.

Photo courtesy of Crow Mountain Orchard
Photo courtesy of Crow Mountain Orchard

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.

Photo courtesy of Scott's Orchard
Photo courtesy of Scott’s Orchard

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.

Steele’s Orchard
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 to apple-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.

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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.

Support recycling, US soccer and local beer at Good People – November 15

American Outlaws Birmingham Chapter

Do you Recycle?  Love Soccer and Good People beer? Are you very patriotic and a big supporter of the US Men’s National Soccer Team?

Well, if you answered “yes” on all these questions, the Alabama Environmental Council and Good People Brewing are holding a special event for you.

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Breweries are Becoming a Hot Commodity in Bham – District Brews Coming Soon

Since the rise of Avondale, Good People Brewing, and many more, Birmingham has not been the same. Attraction toward downtown continues to rise not only with consumers, but with new businesses being interested in our growth. 

Next brewery up, District Brewing Co. 

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Travel Channel’s Delicious Destinations features Bham cuisine

Bizarre Foods comes to Bham

Where do you go for some soul food? The Travel Channel chose Birmingham to feature some go to southern cuisine. Earlier this year, TV host Andrew Zimmern’s filmed a segment in a few of our Bham hot spots. “Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations” will air tonight at 8pm CDT. You won’t want to miss it!

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Woodlawn Cycle Cafe Named ‘Best Restaurant in Alabama’ by Yelp

Woodlawn Cycle Cafe
Retrieved from Instagram – @woodlawncyclecafe

Woodlawn Cycle Cafe has been named by Yelp as the Best Restaurant in Alabama!

According to USA Today, Yelp used an algorithm “combining users’ ratings and reviews – excluding chains” to find the best restaurant in each state.

We found some pretty good evidence as to why WCC was named the best…

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On Thursday – Connect To Your Coast at the Black Warrior Brewing Company in Tuscaloosa

 

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Black Warrior Brewing Company – Connect to Your Coast on October 20th

This Thursday in Tuscaloosa – Connect to YOUR Coast with the Alabama Coastal Foundation (ACF) and the Black Warrior Brewing Company.

Stop by Black Warrior Brewing Company in downtown Tuscaloosa on October 20th between 4:00pm to 10:00pm for some great beer and learn how you can help improve and protect Alabama’s coastal environment through cooperation, education, and participation.

Twenty percent of all beer sold that night will be donated to the Alabama Coastal Foundation.

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5 Posts that sum up your love for Fat Sam’s Sub Station

Fat Sam's is closing down

On October 4th, Fat Sam’s Sub Station announced the end to their sandwich making era. After 26 years of serving the Birmingham community, they will be closing their doors on October 15th. After the untimely passing of Salman Shatara, otherwise known as Fat Sam himself, his family has decided to close the restaurant in order for their sons to focus on their education and careers. Gone but never forgotten, here are a few posts that sum up your love for Fat Sam’s.

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Guide to Magic City Coffee – Part 2

Birmingham Coffee Guide

If we did this coffee guide right, you should see a few names you’d like to try out and hopefully a few you haven’t heard of. Birmingham is home to the coffee lover and avid coffee patron so this list will give you a chance to reach your favorite drink potential. If you are looking for a new place to study, or just get your morning brew, here are a few more coffee shops for you to consider.

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