Farmer's Markets Fairhope AL

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Fairhope Outdoor Farm Market
(251) 929-1466
Church Street
Fairhope, AL
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May- Thursday, 4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
County
Baldwin

Elberta Farmers Market
(251) 987-5343
24978 State Street; Highway 98, Downtown
Elberta, AL
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May 2- Tuesday & Saturday, 7:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
County
Baldwin

Market in the Park
(251) 208-7443
Mobile Museum of Art
Mobile, AL
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
October 6-November 17 Thursday, 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
County
Mobile

Market on the Square
(251) 208-7443
Cathedral Square
Mobile, AL
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
October 6-November 17 Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
County
Mobile

Market at Jack-O-Lantern Farms
Garage Rd. on TVA Reservation
Muscle Shoals, AL
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June-September Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday, 6:30 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.
County
Colbert

Chicago Street Farmers Market
(251) 943-1222
Chicago Street; Highway 59 Railroad Park
Foley, AL
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May 22- Friday, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
County
Baldwin

Gulf Coast Green Market
(251) 942-5900
Gulf State Park; Lake Shelby
Gulf Shores, AL
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May 30-June 27 Saturday, 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
County
Baldwin

Halls Mill Road Farmers Market
(251) 626-2743 or (251) 865-6341
2245 Halls Mill Road
Mobile, AL
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : No
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May 5- Tuesday & Thursday, 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
County
Mobile

Dauphin Island Market
(251) 861-5524
East Bienville Blvd at Cadillac Square Park
Dauphin Island, AL
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
Arpil 19- Saturday, 7:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
County
Mobile

Pepper Place Market
(205) 313-4120
2829 2nd Avenue, South
Birmingham, AL
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
May 16-September Saturday, 7:00 a.m.- 12:00 noon
County
Jefferson

Tips for Growing the Perfect Tomato

Last weekend, I bought something at the farmers’ market that got me so excited I went way over budget and didn’t even wait until I got home to dig into my purchase. What got me so amped up amid crowds of pushy people before I’d even finished my morning coffee? The advent of tomato season, of course.

Farmers’ market tomatoes are a different breed—figuratively and often literally—than the hard, packaged ones in the grocery stores’ year-round produce section. They’re multicolored, they range in size from that of a Ping-Pong ball to that of a grapefruit, and the taste (oh, the taste!) is fruity, sweet, and silky all at the same time. My ode to fresh tomatoes would be one of undying love if it weren’t for the price: my breathless purchase set me back ten bucks. This got me thinking: could I grow my own tomatoes and feed my craving for the fruit while saving money—and cultivate my own green thumb at the same time?

To find out what it really takes to grow a good tomato, I consulted Penny Granberg, a grower who, according to local opinion, consistently grows the farmers’ markets’ juiciest, most flavorful tomatoes.

Should Any Home Gardener Give It a Try?
Turns out, tomatoes are one of the top crops in home gardens, since they’re easy to grow , compared with other fruits and veggies. And don’t think that tomato growing is just for Californians or Floridians—tomatoes are cold-tolerant to a certain extent. To help out gardeners nationwide with just this dilemma, the U.S. Department of Agriculture developed the plant hardiness zone map , which divides North America into eleven zones, ranked by how cold they are (zone one being the coldest). If you look up a plant, like a certain type of tomato, it will tell you whether that plant will survive in your region. For example, one type of tomato might be cold-tolerant to zone seven, so if you live in zones seven through eleven, that’s a type that’s worth a try.

There are two basic types of tomatoes from which to choose: determinant varieties, which stop growing new vines when flowering begins (leading to a large, single crop), or indeterminate varieties, which continue to add new growth throughout the season (usually from midsummer until the first frost).

Plan for Planting
Feeling ambitious enough to start from seed? “Plant them in April,” recommends Granberg, whose Rose Lane Farm in California grows about 1,800 tomato plants each year. “Otherwise, a late frost will ruin them.” Granberg says it’s best to start from seed, but if you lack the timing or patience (or green thumb, like I do), she says, buying a young plant from a reputable nursery is also a fine way to get started, especially for first-timers.

Granberg recommends planting in April because it’s crucial to wait until any possibility of frost has passed. Check with your local garden store to find out an ideal planting time for your area.

Room to Grow
We associate tomatoes with summer because they’re warm-weather produce, which ...

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