People almost trump produce at Decatur, Alabama, Farmers Market

Decatur AL Farmers Mkt

Arranging the produce at Morgan County-Decatur Farmers Market

You go there for the veggies, right?  Plump, pretty, newly picked produce.  And it’s bountiful in Morgan County, Alabama.  But so are the friendly farmers who do themselves proud with colorful pickin’s and Southern pride to boot!

Tomatoes at Decatur AL Farmers Mkt

Baskets and baskets of maters at Morgan County-Decatur Farmers Market

It was one of those summer Saturdays when farmers from Eva, Priceville, Somerville, Cullman, Decatur, and even Huntsville gathered in downtown Decatur under a long row of tents and awnings to arrange nature’s bounty for all to see.  Most farmers ‘fessed up to pickin’ on the Fourth just to get the freshest goods to market on Saturday, July 5th when we were there.

Stack of green tomatoes, Decatur, AL

Can you believe this stack of green tomatoes! And that hand’s not holding ’em up, either!!

And there was plenty of it, too.  Juicy red maters, purple hull peas, tender yellow squash, freestone peaches, and watermelons piled high ready for thumpin’ to see how ripe they are.

But what made this trip more fun (or is it funner?) than samplin’ them paper shell “pee-cans” was just jawin’ with the farmers.  Like this guy who offered us a slice of a fresh peach until we told him we were Tennessee fans who had reservations ’bout buyin’ from someone wearing a Bama hat.  He grinned ear-to-ear and said, “Aw, go on.  This is good eatin’.  You’ll like it.” Indeed we did.

Alabama fan serving peaches

Bama fan serving freestone peach samples to die-hard Tennessee fans — that would be us! And smiling, too!

Or how about these two early bird entrepreneurs — Jameson and Chandler Barber from Barbers Produce in Decatur?  Proud as punch to be standing by their harvest.  We even talked about being on Twitter, and I said I’d post their picture @rushasams and take a look at @BarbersProduce and their Facebook page too:  facebook.com/barbersproduce.  Farmers are high tech these days, don’t you know?!

Barbers Produce

Jameson and Chandler Barber standing by their just-picked produce. So happy to be a Decatur Farmers Market!

This lady from Gibson Farm & Greenery said she sells mostly to chefs who are into that farm-to-table thing, but when she has extra, she comes to the Morgan County-Decatur Farmers Market with her chalkboard brimming with good eats.

Restaurant fare sold at Decatur Farmers Market

Selling to us what she normally sells to chefs in Decatur — the best, of course!

It’s not just veggies., though.  When this guy reached over for a jar of Strawberry Jalapeno Jelly and said it’d be good on cream cheese, he had us.  We packed up a couple of jars to share at our next family gathering in Tennessee.

Selling strawberry jalapeno jelly at Decatur Farmers Mkt.

“It’s good on cream cheese,” he said. And he had us buying that Strawberry Jalapeno Jelly at that very moment!

My brother-in-law Jim Mouch even found a yellow and purple bouquet that a lady from Huntsville carefully wrapped in a sack with a little pool of water in the bottom.  (Inventive folks, by golly!)

Jim Mouch buys bouquet at Decatur Farmers Market

Jim Mouch seems pleased with a bouquet he found at the Decatur Farmers Market.

So, if you live near Decatur, come on down any Saturday ’til November 8, 2014. Better yet, plan to be there for these upcoming events.  They’re sure to be big-time fun!

Corn Festival — Saturday, July 12, 2014

Tomato Sandwich Day — Saturday, July 26, 2014

Watermelon Festival — Saturday, August 16, 2014

Remember: People almost trump produce at the Decatur Farmers Market — personable, happy, and proud of what they’ve grown.  And for good reason.  Come see!

For more information:

Morgan County-Decatur Farmers Market

211 First Avenue SE

Decatur, Alabama 35601

Website: http://www.decaturfarmersmarket.org/

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/DecaturMorgan-County-Farmers-Market/174610319238067

About Oh, the Places We See

Met at University of Tennessee, been married for 47 years, and still passionate about travel whether we're volunteering with Habitat Global Village, combining work at Discovery with pleasure, or just seeing the world. Hope you'll join us as we try to see it all while we can!
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11 Responses to People almost trump produce at Decatur, Alabama, Farmers Market

  1. Dang! Hate that I missed Tomato Sandwich Day! Great pics, Rusha!

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  3. freebutfun says:

    The fruit and vegies look delicious! I love farmers markets.

  4. LuAnn says:

    We love farmers’ markets! Wish we were in the area. Great photos Rusha! 🙂

    • Rusha Sams says:

      We have them in our area, so every Tuesday if I can get by, I go. I’m becoming friends with the regulars, and I look forward to whatever is plentiful that week. Thanks for commenting.

  5. Amy says:

    Love to see their smiles! Farmer’s market is good thing 🙂

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