The Market At Pepper Place returns Saturday, January 22nd – here’s your ultimate guide to what’s in season

The Market At Pepper Place returns Saturday, January 22nd – here’s your ultimate guide to what’s in season

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The Market at Pepper Place – Schedule the opening day on Saturday, January 22nd

After a break in the holidays, The Market at Pepper Place reopens on Saturday, January 22 for their 12-week winter market. The winter market began in 2016 and is a convenient way for Birmingham residents to support local farmers while getting off to a healthy start to the new year.

The market is free to attend thanks to the sponsorship of some notable local businesses and organizations, including Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama.

“The market is a non-profit organization. We do not seek to monetize our customers or our farmers. We exist to support this farming community, small businesses and small independent farmers. Our mission is to promote healthy, fresh and seasonal dining while supporting our “Local economy, and we need sponsorships to do that. The Blue Cross and the Blue Shield of Alabama have been helping us financially for years. But beyond that, we have common goals, and both really care about the health and well-being of our community.”

—Leigh Sloss-Corra, CEO, The Market at Pepper Place

What’s in the season?

Our friends at The Market at Pepper Place gave us a sneak peek at what to expect this season.

Keep an eye on these vendors over the next few weeks:

  • Eastaboga Bee: honey
  • Habersham Farm: sweet potatoes and leafy greens
  • Hamm Farms: potatoes, green leaves, onions and hot pepper sauce
  • HD Farm: lam
  • Hinkels Bakery: bread and cakes
  • Ireland Farms: radishes, leafy greens, root vegetables
  • Magic City mushrooms: many mushroom varieties, including oysters, lion mane and trumpet. Truffle oil, spicy salts and tinctures as well.
  • Marble Creek Farmstead: meat, eggs and cheeses
  • Owls cave farm: green salad, spinach and fresh herbs

And down the road, do not miss …

  • Hepzibah Farm: spring flowers (February-March)
  • Penton Farms: strawberries (in March)
  • Habersham Farm: asparagus, ramps and giant tulips (in March)

Keep an eye on The Market at Pepper Place’s website and Instagram page for vendor updates.

The Market at Pepper Place — Winter Market Edition

If you have ever been to the popular markets during the summer, you will know that farmers and sellers like to set up shop right in the heart of Pepper Place. During the winter market, you can expect to see primarily food suppliers, including raw materials, honey, bread, meat and more.

Weather permitting, the team loves to take advantage of our mild Birmingham winters and keep The Market outdoors. Otherwise, you’ll find them right inside – just look for the white signature tent near the Yellowhammer Print Shop and Billy Reid.

An important note to our furry companions: dogs will not be allowed in the indoor market.

Support local farmers + stay healthy

Have you ever wondered where your food actually comes from? According to the team at The Market at Pepper Place, the average fruit or vegetable travels 1,500 miles before arriving at your supermarket. This means that the raw materials are often picked well in advance before they are ripe so that they can stay fresh during the journey.

In contrast, farmers who attend The Market at Pepper Place pick their products on Fridays and then bring them to market the next morning for sale. Shopping and eating local produce as it is in season is not only fresher but also makes it easy to maintain a balanced diet, two reasons why a partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama just makes sense.

For more ways to stay healthy in 2022, go to the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama website.

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