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Rora Valley Farms products fill and refill my pantry.


By Jan Walsh  


Photography by Beau Gustafson 


Rora Valley Farms is a family farm located near Goodwater, Alabama. It is operated by Noah and Dorothy Sanders along with help from their young sons, Enoch and Patrick, as well as other family members, who also live on the family property. From fresh fruits and veggies, pasture raised chickens and eggs, to sprouted breads, Rora Valley Farms is one of my best, local Non-GMO resources to keep me stocked. I first met Noah at Pepper Place Market. I always ask questions of the farmers whom I buy from and was impressed with him and his Non-GMO, sustainable farm products. 

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Sprouted foods are historic, healthy, and flavorful.


By Jan Walsh 


Photography by Beau Gustafson 



Food has become complicated. Seeds have pesticides (GMOs) in their DNA, which were put there in laboratories not on farms. And some of what we are fed is not even food, although it looks like food. I do not believe that seeds need scientists or that nature intended for our food to be made in a lab. So I refuse to knowingly eat GMOs (GMO labels would help) and any “foods” that are flavorless and lacking in nutrition. In my ongoing search for organic and wholesome foods, sprouted foods are among my favorites for both their flavor and health benefits.  

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A renaissance of Alabama White Marble is underway. 


By Jan Walsh 


Photography by Beau Gustafson 


Alabama White Marble may be Alabama’s best-kept secret. The Alabama Marble Belt is situated approximately 45 miles southeast of Birmingham, where it runs 32 miles long, one mile and one half wide, and is as deep as 600 feet. For more than 160 years marble has been quarried in Sylacauga, and its Talladega County. Yet most Alabamians would not recognize Alabama White Marble, even if it were right under their cocktail at Highlands Bar and Grill’s marble bar. 


Alabama White Marble boasts a reputation for being the whitest and strongest in the world. Here in Birmingham it can also be found in the John Hand Building, Vance Federal Courthouse, Lyric Theatre, and many others.

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Himalayan crystals are the purest salts on earth.


By Jan Walsh 


Photography by Beau Gustafson 



Salt is a necessary ingredient in life. All humans and animals require it to survive. Himalayan Salt contains the same 84 trace minerals and elements found in the human body, including sodium chloride, sulphate, calcium, potassium, and magnesium. Given its cellular structure, it stores vibrational energy. And the salt’s minerals are (colloid) so small that our cells can easily absorb them.


Himalayan Crystal Salt and pure spring water preserves all the natural elements original to its source, which existed in the “primal sea.” The Himalayan mountain range goes across Asia, and passes through China, Nepal, Myanmar, Pakistan, Bhutan, Afghanistan, and India.

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Coconut oil is good for you inside and out.

By Jan Walsh

Photography by Beau Gustafson


Coconut oil is extracted from the “meat” of coconuts.  It is high in saturated fats. Yet these are not typical saturated fats, such as those found in meat and cheese. It contains lauric acid, a type of Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs), which are metabolized differently than long chain fatty acids. It has been shown that lauric acid increases the good HDL cholesterol in the blood to help improve cholesterol ratio levels. MCTs can also increase energy, kill harmful pathogens, and reduce appetite. Coconut oil is good for your skin, hair, mouth, and can also be used as a mild sunscreen, blocking harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun.

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