June 28, 2017
Rachel Penton of Penton Farms and Courtney Ziegler of Alfa Insurance bond over sweet Chilton County peaches at the annual Farmers Market Day June 28.
Alfa Insurance and Alabama Farmers Federation employees got a fresh taste of Alabama agriculture when seven farms from Chilton to Baldwin counties sold produce at the Alfa Farmers Market June 28.
The annual market, held at Alfa’s Montgomery home office, allowed employees to purchase produce and baked goods just in time for the Fourth of July.
Alfa Insurance employee Courtney Zeigler said she loves purchasing quality products straight from farmers.
“I love knowing exactly where my food comes from,” Zeigler said. “My mom makes the best peach cobbler, and the peaches I bought today will be perfect for our Fourth of July dessert.”
Other popular items included tomatoes, okra, raw local honey, sweet corn and watermelons.
The market provides a convenient opportunity for employees to support local agriculture while also stocking up on fresh produce, said Federation Horticulture Division Director Mac Higginbotham.
“We have some of the best farmers selling some of the best products here at the market,” Higginbottom said. “This is a great chance for company employees to meet some of our Federation members and purchase high-quality produce.”
Rachel Penton of Penton Farms in Chilton County was encouraged by the support from Alfa employees.
“I think it’s great to support your farmers,” Penton said. “Farmers work hard to provide your food, and this is a great way to help them.”
Not only did produce abound, baked goods and jellies were a highlight of the market. Felicia Moore, who owns Pintlala Pantry in Montgomery County, sold jellies, cakes and cheese wafers.
“A lot of people just don’t bake anymore,” she said. “It’s nice to eat homemade items that are created from products like milk and flour that come straight from farmers.”
Additionally, Stacey Cockrell, who works in Corporate Services and Reporting, won a basket of Alabama-grown goodies through the Market Day Facebook contest.
Other vendors included Aplin Farms of Houston County, Ballard Creek Farms of Lowndes County, Cassebaum Farms of Baldwin County, G&G Farms of Chilton County and Oakview Farms Granary of Elmore County.