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GOOD EATS HIGHLIGHTED ON BON APPETIT APPALACHIA TRAIL

August 19, 2014

Mary Johnson
(334) 235-1406

LouAllen Farms owner Larry LouAllen, center, accepts a plaque for being included in the trail. From left are Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs Director Jim Byard, LouAllen and Appalachia Regional Commission Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl.

ELKMONT, Ala., - Hungry travelers have a new guide to satisfy their appetites for unique flavors in north and central Alabama thanks to the “Bon Appétit! Bon Appalachia!” trail campaign. A project of the Appalachia Regional Commission’s (ARC) Tourism Council, the trail winds through 13 states and features 283 farms, restaurants, farmers markets, festivals, wineries and breweries in the Appalachian region.

The Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association (AMLTA) hosted a celebration at Belle Chevre, a goat cheese creamery and shop in Elkmont, to highlight the 64 trail sites in Alabama.

"People want to find agritourism locations and local foods," Lawrence County farmer Larry LouAllen said. "I think this new map will be a tremendous help connecting us with more people."

LouAllen is a sixth-generation farmer who grows produce, including strawberries and peaches, and raises beef cattle. His LouAllen Farms and the Lawrence County Farmers Market, where he sells produce, are both featured on the trail.

AMLTA President Tami Resist said the campaign brings a needed focus to the state's Appalachian region.

"This new map celebrates food, but it's also about teaching the importance and value of entrepreneurship," Resit said.

The “Bon Appétit! Bon Appalachia!” trail map was published in the summer 2014 issue of Food Traveler Magazine. However, ARC officials plans to update the trail website, visitappalachia.com/bonappetitappalachia, with additional locations. Alabama farms and businesses included in the printed map are:

Farm-to-Fork Restaurants

  • 1892 East Restaurant and Tavern, Huntsville
  • City Hardware Restaurant, Florence
  • Greenbrier Restaurant, Madison
  • Pie Lab, Greensboro
  • Twin Gables Inn, Vernon
  • Wind Creek Hospitality Good To Go Food Truck, Wetumpka

Farmers Markets

  • Alexander City Downtown Market, Alex City
  • Bibb County Farmers Market, Centreville
  • East Lake Farmers Market, Birmingham
  • Festhalle Market Platz, Cullman
  • Gordo Farmers Market, Gordo
  • Historic Langdale Farmers Market, Valley
  • Homegrown Alabama Farmers Market, Tuscaloosa
  • Jack O'Lantern Farms, Muscle Shoals
  • Lawrence County Farmers Market, Moulton
  • Ledger’s Landing, Wetumpka
  • Leeds Farmers Market, Leeds
  • Linn Park Market, Birmingham
  • Madison City Farmers Market, Madison
  • North Sand Mountain Farmers Market, Mentone
  • Northport Farmers Market, Northport
  • Peach Park, Clanton
  • Pepper Place Market, Birmingham
  • Spradlin Farm, Vinemont
  • Valleydale Farmers Market, Birmingham

Farm Tours

  • 1818 Farms, Mooresville
  • Barber Berry Farm, Millbrook
  • Belle Chevre Creamery and Cheese Shop, Elkmont
  • Blue Bell Creamery, Sylacauga
  • Burnette Farms, Thorsby
  • Burritt on the Mountain, Huntsville
  • Crow Creek Pumpkin Patch, Stevenson
  • Homestead Farm, Talladega
  • LouAllen Farms, Moulton
  • McGee Farm, Florence
  • Oakview Farms Granary, Wetumpka
  • Reeves Peach Farm, Hartselle
  • Sneaky Crow Farm, Roanoke
  • Steele Orchard, Cullman
  • Tate Farms, Meridianville
  • Wright Dairy, Alexandria

Festivals And Events

  • Alabama Gourd Festival, Cullman
  • Alabama Poultry and Farm Expo, Boaz
  • Catfish Festival, Scottsboro
  • Cotton-Picking BBQ Cook Off, Hartselle
  • Decatur Jaycees RiverFest and BBQ Cook Off, Decatur
  • Helena Market Days, Helena
  • WhistleStop Weekend, Huntsville

Wineries and Vineyards

  • Bryant Vineyard, Talladega
  • Fruithurst Winery, Fruithurst
  • Hidden Meadow Vineyard, Jemison
  • Hodges Vineyards, Camp Hill
  • Jules J. Berta Vineyards, Albertville
  • Maraella Winery, Gadsden
  • Morgan Creek Vineyards, Harpersville
  • Ozan Vineyard and Winery, Calera
  • Whippoorwill Vineyards, Notasulga
  • White Oak Vineyards, Anniston
  • Wills Creek Vineyard, Attalla

Craft Breweries

  • Back Forty Beer Co., Gadsden
  • Straight to Ale Brewery, Huntsville
  • Good People Brewing Co., Birmingham
  • Blue Pants Brewery, Madison

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