Supporting A Culture Of Home Grown Goodness

My typical Saturday routine is to work in the garden, then head out to one of the local farm markets in the area. The closest to me is the Helena Market. Called “Helena Market Days“, its a great spot at the foot of the falls in Helena where farmers, crafters, bakers and others gather every Saturday during the summer for a morning of good wholesome fun!

This week, we walked away with some great finds! Take a look:

Baby yellow squash. Great for sauteing or frying in a little cornmeal…

“Sweet Pearl” cucumbers. Yum! Crispy and great in salads or just chill with with an onion in a little vinegar water. Good Stuff…

Who can resist a loaf of sourdough bread from BB’s Breads…..

CheekyMaiden soaps are the best handmade soaps around. Chamomile Luxe is my personal favorite. I just had to get a bar…

These markets have sprung up all over the nation. I hope you’ll seek one out this week.

Read my latest article for ShelbyCoMagazine on Farm Markets to find out more on how visiting these markets supports a culture of home grown goodness!


About Chris VanCleave - America's Favorite Rose Gardener

Christopher R. VanCleave – America’s Favorite Rose Gardener Nicknamed "The Redneck Rosarian”, Chris VanCleave is passionate about gardening and growing roses. He is an active member of the Birmingham chapter of the American Rose Society, serving two terms as President. In 2007, he created the Rose Chat Podcast which has reached over a half a million listeners with news and information on growing on growing the world’s most beloved flower, the rose. He was a contributor to the 2015 Southern Living Gardening Book, has appeared on P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home television show and was featured in the June 2015 issue of Southern Living Magazine. Locally, Chris serves as Chairman of the Helena Alabama Beautification Board where he has spearheaded efforts to create a sustainable landscape in one of the top one hundred places to live in the United States. His writing is seen at and on his popular website;, where he chronicles his gardening adventures and explores an intrinsic mix of life, faith and gardening. An agent of change with over 20 years’ experience in process innovation, Mr. VanCleave is leading the charge to reinvigorate horticultural societies and helping them to reach their full potential in the social media age.
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11 Responses to Supporting A Culture Of Home Grown Goodness

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  2. Thanks for spreading the word about farmer’s markets, I encourage everyone I know to go!


  3. I have nominated you for The Lovely Blog Award! It’s OK if you do not accept this award, but I nominated you because I really like your blog. Visit my recent post if you do decide to accept this award, and nominate 15 or so fellow bloggers!
    (just passing it on, i’m new at this!)


  4. carolisle says:

    Do they have musicians, too? Lovely place 🙂


  5. linniew says:

    Hi Chris
    Good job supporting local markets, they are the best. My cucumbers and summer squash (here in Oregon) are just blooming, but the lettuce is producing like mad. And the roses are too 🙂 Thanks for visiting my blog, nice to meet you!


  6. I love going to the market too, shame not every week I have the time … I love the idea written on the header of your blog about the roses. I love roses! Thank you for visiting me!


  7. debsgarden says:

    I can’t believe I have never made it to a Helena Market day! I must make it a priority!


  8. Chris, just looking at the prices of things in comparison to the West Coast, there are deals to be had at your local market, fresh and good for you deals!


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