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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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How do you like your pasta?

By Jan Walsh

Photography by Robin Colter


Bare Naked Noodles is a local business, making small batch pastas in many flavors.

After 25 years as a financial advisor Hoover, Alabama resident, Linda Croley, founder and owner of Bare Naked Noodles, started the business in 2011 with a mission of bringing fresh pasta using local ingredients to the Birmingham market. Bare Naked Noodles incorporates Hamm Farms produce, Stone Hollow Farms’ goat cheese, and Amelia's spiced pecans, along with local duck eggs and chicken eggs.

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alabama chanin jan walsh Alabama Chanin plants organic cottonseed and sews by hand. 

 By Jan Walsh 

Photography by Beau Gustafson 

As a young child I lived on my grandparents’ farm. Their cash crop was cotton. I picked cotton—only once—when I was five until my fingers bled and cotton balls covered the bottom of my potato sack—bigger than I was. I earned 10 cents for my efforts and decided cotton picking was not for me. There were easier ways to make a dime. But somebody had to do it. And my grandparents did. 



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McEwen and Sons make holiday meals healthy.

By Jan Walsh

Photography by Robin Colter


Family holiday meals are the highlight of the year at my house. So I make them both healthy and delicious with McEwen and Sons certified organic products.

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