A good introduction to Helena comes through the small Farmers Market that is held there every Saturday. What other such market has southern belles (the Helena Belles) to greet you? Along with numerous vendors of fresh produce, shoppers may also find fresh bread, sweet smelling soap, or even a cookbook. In the background are musical notes from local entertainers and the hum of buyers and sellers and neighbors greeting each other. From vendors offering to take a purchase to the car of an elderly customer, to sellers giving out samples and explaining how to cook their beans, examples of kindness and good customer service abound.
Here are some of the local vendors to be found on a Saturday morning:
K and S Farms – lots of fresh, seasonal produce
Taylor Hatchet Boozer Farms – think peaches!
Cheeky Maiden Soap – made with pure olive oil, pure palm oil, and pure coconut oil
Mixon Farms – Owner Jared Mixon has also started a market in Chilton County
Five Points Farms – check out their facebook page HERE
Prattville Honey Farms – owner Allen Mills has been farming for over 20 years
B.B. Bread – started seven years ago; specializes in sourdough bread
Southern Natural Soap – made with goat’s milk
Little Bit Southern -this is where you can find a cookbook
Another treat is the guest chef demonstration. Recent appearances have been made by Chris Vizzina, Executive Chef and President of Campus Dining, Inc. at Samford University, and Matthew Guy Lagace of Bellinis Ristorante. You can check out the Helena Market Blog HERE for some delicious recipes.
After shopping, a stroll down a path, under the road and across an open grassy area will take you to the “falls” at the Buck Creek Dam. Here you may find picnickers, photographers, and kids wading in the cool waters. It’s almost like a step back in time.
In town there are many quaint shops in which to browse and buy. These will be featured in a later post, so stay tuned!