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Farm to Table

St. Clair County style food Story by Elaine Hobson Miller Photos by Susan Wall Styling by Renee Lilly Home-grown and home-cooked are as common as kudzu around St. Clair County. You don’t have to go far to pick blueberries, find fresh eggs, fresh produce or grass-fed beef and pork, or to satisfy your sweet tooth. […]

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Dayspring Dairy

Sheep-shearing, cheese tasting at Alabama’s only sheep dairy Story by Elaine Hobson Miller Photos by Susan Wall It was like a cross between a fiber-arts convention and a school field trip. Some came for the free fleece, some to see the sheep, others to taste the cheese. Sheep-shearing is an annual January event at Dayspring […]

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Hazelwood’s Greenhouses & Nursery

A quarter century of growing nature’s beauty in St. Clair Story by Carol Pappas Photos by Susan Wall John Hazelwood squinted as a streak of sunlight parted cloudy skies above, accentuating the creases in his face – the unmistakable signature of a man whose earned them in a lifetime spent outdoors. It is outside at […]

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Working Breeds

Leeds trainers teaching dogs to herd sheep Story and photos by Jim Smothers There’s a bond between people and their dogs like no other – a type of teamwork found in few other relationships. That’s what got Kim Crenshaw hooked on dog training, and what led her to Doyle Ivie. Together they are offering a […]

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Fresh Produce Central

Chandler Mountain: The tomato capital of Alabama Story Leigh Pritchett Photos by Michael Callahan Two pieces of white bread glazed with mayonnaise. Slices of a fat, juicy, vine-ripened tomato still warm from the sun. A sprinkling of salt and pepper. A good ole tomato sandwich is a summertime delicacy. And St. Clair County’s Chandler Mountain […]

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Shel-Clair Farms

A world of cattle drives, scenic trails Story by Elaine Hobson Miller Photos by Mike Callahan With the strains of “Rawhide” swelling inside their heads, 18 intrepid cowpokes slap their hands on their thighs, kick their horses and yell, “Head ‘em up, move ‘em out,” as they ride off to round up the herd. “I’ve […]

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