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Savannah Bee’s honey and beeswax products are healthy and sustainable.


By Jan Walsh

Photography by Beau Gustafson

 Bees are in trouble. Honeybees, bumble bees, and other native bees are disappearing at alarming rates. Pesticides are weakening their immune systems.  Honeybees contribute to one of every three bites of food we eat. More than $19 billion of crops each year are pollinated by bees. And $150 million of honey is produced in the U.S. annually.



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Nabeel's MarketNabeel’s Market offers imported and house made gourmet to go.

By Jan Walsh 

Photography by Beau Gustafson 

Nabeel’s Market brings imported foods and beverages to Homewood, Alabama. Here at Nabeel’s Market, you can also take home many of the same dishes served at Nabeel’s Café, next door. I have shopped at Nabeel’s Market for years and have found products that I cannot get anywhere else in Birmingham. International beers and cheeses, as well as their own dressing, soups, dips, spreads, salads are among the popular cold case items. Their gourmet to go also includes entrees from Nabeel’s Café. And this place is an herb and spice market in itself.  

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Alabama BlueberriesWeeks Bay Plantation’s organic blueberries satisfy pre season cravings. 

By Jan Walsh
 

Blueberry season can’t come early enough for me. Every spring I savor strawberries as I look forward for the first local blueberries to appear. But this year I got lucky. Before the local blueberries were in early season and ready to be picked, I found Weeks Bay Plantation’s blueberries in May at Whole Foods. 

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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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