Since 2000, Pepper Place Market has been open on Saturdays from April to December. The market began as a way to connect small family farms with the needs of Birmingham area’s residents. On any given Saturday during Pepper Place’s market season, you’ll find around 100 tents loaded with goods from local hard-working vendors that travel as far as 100 miles to make their produce available to the public. In the spring you’ll see baskets of strawberries, rows of bedding plants and clusters of herbs. Summer will bring sweet, ripe blackberries and blueberries as well as many breeds of tomatoes. With fall comes plump pumpkins and greenery for holiday decorations. Take home a jar of local honey or savory homemade cheeses. There are bakers and cooks on site to entice you with mouthwatering aromas. Fill your belly with good southern delicacies and sweet irresistible pastries. Besides the great food and produce, Pepper Place also has an impressive variety of artisans and creatives selling their works of art.
Baskets of sunset-orange peaches, piles of many varieties of peas, broccoli, peppers and more can be found at the Aplin Farms family booth. Stop by the Crocker Farms booth to fill up on Blueberries, Onions, Cabbage and robust tomatoes. The Crockers are third-generation farmers with a small, 25-acre family-run business and have been vendors for the Pepper Place Market since their first year of operation. At Snow Bend Farm’s booth, you’ll find an array of gorgeous organically grown vegetables such as kale, chard, eggplant, okra, cucumbers, turnip greens and beans.
Another unique and popular vendor is DAK’s spices, run by a husband-and-wife duo with talent for salt-, MSG- and preservative-free spice blends. Newlyweds Drew and Karen (DAK) work together in their kitchen to create one-of-a-kind flavors in a bottle to spruce up any dish. At Lula’s Woodworks, you’ll be impressed with the velvety-smooth handmade artisan cutting boards so gorgeous, you’ll hesitate putting a knife blade anywhere near them and will consider displaying the boards as artwork instead.
If you’re looking for annuals, perennials or houseplants for your garden or home, Dion and Beverly Carroll would be happy to show you around their greenhouse-grown plants from Greenleaf Nursery in Cullman. With the Carroll’s natural green thumbs, you’ll carry home a hearty, well-nurtured plant.
Check out handmade soaps, lip balms and shea butter made from 100 percent botanical herbs at the booth of Earth Garden Naturals. CahaBones is unique, hand-crafted dog treats made with many ingredients from Pepper Place’s vendors and as a bonus, proceeds benefit the Cahaba River. You can’t leave without a jar of local honey, delicious goat cheese or rich botanicals from Stone Hollow Farmstead, a sustainable farm that blossomed from homemade passions passed down for generations.
At the Pepper Place Market, you’ll find everything you need and will fall in love with the family-owned businesses rich in southern heritage.