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Good Eats Highlighted On Bon Appetit Appalachia Trail

October 27, 2014

Mary Johnson

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.

Hungry travelers have a new guide to satisfy their appetites for unique flavors in north and central Alabama thanks to the “Bon Appetit! 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 Reist 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,” Reist said.

The “Bon Appetit! Bon Appalachia!” trail map was published in the summer 2014 issue of Food Traveler Magazine. However, ARC officials plan 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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