Baldwin County Students Studying Agriculture Earn College Scholarships
Auburn University student Becky Hawkins of Barbour County received a $1,750 scholarship from the Alabama Farmers Agriculture Foundation and Barbour County Farmers Federation. She was recognized at the Alabama Farmers Federation’s Scholarship Reception at the Ham Wilson Livestock Arena in Auburn Sept. 20. Hawkins, who is from Eufaula, is a sophomore studying agricultural business and economics. From left are Federation President Jimmy Parnell, Hawkins, Barbour County Farmers Federation board member Liston Clarke, Federation District 10 Director Steve Stroud and Federation Southeast Area Vice President George Jeffcoat.
Sopr Competes In Annual State Heritage Cooking Contest
Diane Sopr of Baldwin County entered her recipe for Tomato and Bacon Jam in the 2018 Heritage Cooking Contest. The annual contest is sponsored by the Alabama Farmers Federation Women's Leadership Division and highlights a specific commodity. For 2018, pork was the highlighted commodity.
Tomato and Bacon Jam
½ lb smoked bacon
2 lbs. ripe tomatoes, chopped
1 yellow sweet onion, finely chopped
1 cup white sugar
2 ½ Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 ½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. black pepper
1 dash Tabasco
1 dash dried basil (optional)
Directions: Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Crumble when cool. Stir remaining ingredients together in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring constantly to dissolve sugar. Stir in crumbled bacon and cook over medium heat, stirring often, until spread is very thick, about 1 hour. Adjust salt and pepper to taste. Cool and spoon into 1 pint jar with a lid. Keep in refrigerator 1 week or freeze up to 2 months. If freezing, put into small jars. Let frozen spread thaw in fridge overnight before using.
To serve: pour over cream cheese block. Use on assorted crackers, biscuits, grilled cheese, etc. (use on almost anything) Enjoy!
Baldwin County Quilters Bring Home Blue Ribbons From Annual State Contest
Pam Madden of Baldwin County won first place in the hand-stitched quilt contest at the Alabama Farmers Federation’s 46th Commodity Producers Conference in Montgomery Aug. 4. She won $150, courtesy of the Federation’s Women’s Leadership Division. She is pictured above, right, with Alabama Farmers Federation Women's Leadership Committee Chair Debbie Roberts of Fayette County.
At the same meeting, Bonnie Savell of Baldwin County won $150 and first place in the machine-stitched quilt contest. She is pictured below, right, with Roberts.
Baldwin County Farmer Honored, Others Elected To State Commodity Commitees
Baldwin County's Joe Mullek was recognized for serving the maximum nine years on the Alabama Farmers Federation State Cotton Committee during the 2018 Commodity Organizational Meeting in Montgomery Feb. 7. From left are Federation President Jimmy Parnell, Mullek and Federation Cotton Division Director Carla Hornady.
Baldwin County's Tim Mullek was elected to the Alabama Farmers Federation State Cotton Committee at the 2018 Commodity Organizational Meeting in Montgomery Feb. 7. From left are Federation Cotton Division Director Carla Hornady and Mullek.
Baldwin County's Todd Cassebaum was re-elected to the Alabama Farmers Federation State Horticulture Committee at the 2018 Commodity Organizational Meeting in Montgomery Feb. 7. From left are Federation Horticulture Division Director Mac Higginbotham and Cassebaum.