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Petals From The Past berries fill my fridge and freezer.


By Jan Walsh


Photography by Beau Gustafson 



As a child I picked wild blackberries with my grandmother. We both wore bonnets and long aprons for protection. Looking back I smile, as I cannot imagine a farm kid today wearing such old fashioned attire. But I am glad that I have such a vivid memory of mine.

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I fall in love at first bite with chocolate cheese.


By Jan Walsh


Photography by Beau Gustafson


I just love to meet folks who have found their calling. Greg and Ana Kelly are among them. I recently met the couple and discovered their scrumptious, Dayspring Dairy cheeses at Pepper Place Market. Several years ago the couple left their professional careers to purchase a beautiful farm in Gallant, Alabama and construct their own sheep dairy and creamery. Believing that God led them to this work, they named it Dayspring for the sunrise and biblical reference to Jesus.

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Eileen Fisher’s blue jeans were made for me.

By Jan Walsh 

Photography by Beau Gustafson 


I make every attempt to eat organic and Non-GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms). And I have furthered this effort to include the clothes I wear. After all my skin is my largest organ. So no longer do I shop just for fit and value, I look for clothes that are not made from GMO cotton fabrics and dangerous dyes. Yet they are difficult to find. Cotton makes up 35 percent of the world’s fiber and 17.5 percent of insecticide sales. But only one percent is organic. 

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Higher Ground roasts organic, fair trade, and shade grown coffee.


By Jan Walsh


Photo by Robin Colter



I start each day with a cup of organic coffee and a touch of organic cream. And I don’t have to go far to find it. Higher Ground Roasters is located in Birmingham. And their coffees are found locally.

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Alabama’s Working Cows Dairy makes pasture raised, organic milk. 


By Jan Walsh 


Photography by Robin Colter



Cream rises to the top. And Working Farms Dairy is “the cream” of Alabama dairies. 


Working Cows Dairy’s history begins in 1985, when Jan and Rinske de Jong came to the land of opportunity, from Holland, with $5,000 and a dream to start their own dairy. They traded milking a farmer’s cows for use of his barn and 40 acres in Cottondale, Florida. They then leased 55 cows and started milking 20 hours a day. Three sons: Jonny, Mendy, and Ike and 30 years later the family are the proud owners of Alabama’s only organic dairy, located in Slocomb. 

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