Full Pantry

 

I’d like to introduce you to Madison Murphy and her unique business, Full Pantry. This is a locally based grocery shopping service with a personal touch. Madison has a heart for her customers that can’t be beat. But first, how does it all work?

It’s simple. You place your grocery order by midnight the day before you want it. There is a form online, but you can also email, call, or text. So very flexible. The other flexible part is the variety of stores. You can choose from any store in the Greater Birmingham area, even The Market at Pepper Place, and Full Pantry delivers from Columbiana to Bessemer. My first order was from Trader Joe’s (can you say Cookie Butter?) because I don’t get over near the Summit very often, so this was an ideal choice for me. I placed the order on a Monday afternoon, and received a text with a one hour delivery window for the next day. Easy peasy.

You can learn more about the business by visiting the website.  But I’d like to tell you a little more about Madison.

This vibrant, organized, initiative-taking entrepreneur is only 24 years old, yet wise and caring beyond her years. She started the business not only with a goal of making money, but as a way to offer a service and minister to those with a need. She is experienced in serving others, as she helps her mother care for two grandmothers with dementia. In addition, she teaches piano, traveling to the homes of her students. She has to be super organized to pull it all off, which she does and does well.

As a native Birmingham girl, Madison wants to promote local businesses. Not only can you get essentials and non-grocery items like toilet paper from a Publix or Wal-Mart, but you can also get farm fresh products in season from Mountain Meadows Farm or natural supplements from Organic Harvest.

Full Pantry is ideal for working parents, moms of little ones, and shut-ins. One client, a mother of ten, depends on the weekly personal delivery. Regular customers appreciate knowing that when they say “milk” they will get what they want, whether whole or low-fat. Because their personal shopper knows their preferences.

If you are feeling overwhelmed after a long work day, tired of fighting through the supermarket with toddlers in tow, or can’t get out of the house, Full Pantry is your answer. You can rest assured that your shopper will have your best interests at heart.

You can also check them out on facebook and instagram. And soon on twitter!

Sharing the Love

alabamaI have come across some excellent local and not-so-local bloggers/articles because of the blogging groups I belong to, as well as  social media links. I’d like to share some good posts that I think would interest my readers.

  1. Touring wineries in the summer can be fun. You can read my post on Vizzini’s , and then read about a few other spots on the Shelby County Wine Trail written by Michele from A Southern Ruckus.
  2. If you visit Pepper Place or other local markets, you may have recently purchased some pink-eyes peas like we did last weekend. Here’s the down-low and some recipes from Garden & Gun Magazine.
  3. I was born in Athens, Georgia,but I haven’t been to Athens, Alabama yet. This post from Susan’s Cabinet  makes me want to go! It’s about the Athens Grease Festival
  4. For what to eat in Birmingham, look no further than this blog by the same name. Be sure to read the Trader Joe’s post.
  5. For a peep at Huntsville, read Discover Your Own City , then read more at The Remark. 
  6. For some Alabamian reading suggestions , check out this page at Three Friends and a Fork.
  7. The Leaf is the best local monthly magazine!

Half the Year Gone

People are always asking, “Where did the time go?” The time goes in big and small moments, some memorable and some wasted. You can read my highlights of the first quarter of 2016 HERE.

Here are some highlights of the second quarter of my year:

  1. I got my taxes done on time
  2. Discovered Ruffner Mountain
  3. Finished out the year subbing – you can read some of those adventures HERE.  This also included the last three days of school with a great bunch of 8th graders  IMG_4822
  4. Flew to Tampa to spend time with fam. This included a late afternoon at Clearwater Beach and a gorgeous sunset sunset 
  5. Read lots of books – You can check out what I’ve read so far this year here on my Pinterest board
  6.  Made several trips to Pepper Place Market
  7. With more time in the summer, I checked out movies from the Hoover Library. It’s also a great place for lunch or a coffee!
  8. Discovered: Over Easy Cafe – delish!; Hillsboro Trail; Lazy Boy BBQ in Helena (great pork – best for take-out); Twisted Root Burger  in Vestavia (you  must check out the Chuck Norris wall!)
  9. First-time visit to Clanton for Peach Festival – highlight was getting peach ice cream.
  10. Got the first pedicure in over four years at Riveria Nails & Spa in Hoover. – so nice!
  11. Enjoyed watching the Braves beat the Marlins in Atlanta with hubby and daughter. braves

 

Looking forward to the rest of 2016!

Adventures with a 17 year old in B’ham – Day 5

My brother-in-law and niece are in town this week. He came for the SEC Baseball Tournament at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium. She has no little interest in baseball, so she and I set about exploring Birmingham.

Day 5

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We were out the door by about 9:30, headed for Pepper Place Market. It seems every time I go the crowd gets larger – we had to park a little further away, but that was just fine.

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I was more into shopping at the market than the niece was, but she helped me carry my bags. I got tomatoes, peaches, radishes, a basil plant, farm fresh eggs from free-range chickens, a t-shirt, and a nice cold peach tea.

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One new feature at the market is the mister. What a great idea for a hot day!

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Back home, we had burgers on the grill, then the hubs, brother-in-law, and niece went to the Florida vs. LSU baseball game at the Hoover Met. I stayed back to catch up on chores and such. They were happy when they got home – Florida won!

The Charming Town of Helena

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!

Mountain Meadows Farm

1824 Hwy 30 – Columbiana, Al 35051  

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When we went to Pepper Place Farmers Market a few weeks ago we got some delicious strawberries. What drew me to these particular berries was the fact that they are grown without using any chemicals.

So I got my new neighbor, Suzanne, to ride out to the country with me to pick berries at Mountain Meadows Farm in Columbiana. Owner Jim Suttle describes himself as an Alabama Dirt Farmer and his slogan is “It’s all about the soil.”

We took a lot of back roads, depending solely on Flo, my phone’s GPS gal, to get us there. We were relieved and happy to see the sign for the farm and turned in.  Farmer Suttle had us follow his truck back to the berry patches and provided us with baskets to hold our berries.  (We also tasted a few as we went along the rows – so yummy!

For our return trip we took a different route that was less country roads and more highways. I am looking forward to going back next month when the blueberries and blackberries will be ready. Hopefully it will coincide with the time when some of his vegetables will also be ready.

If you like fresh, chemical free produce, check out Mountain Meadows Farm. Then, go back in December to get a fresh Christmas tree.

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Pepper Place and the Great Radish Discovery

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After having unpacked boxes all week, I was so glad to get out of the house today. We decided to find the Saturday Market at Pepper Place in Birmingham. I am grateful for GPS as there were a lot of turns to take. When we got there I was pleasantly surprised to find so much fresh produce. I’d gone online and found the vendors who practiced organic growing methods, so we tried to buy from them first.

One thing I bought was a bunch of radishes. Now, I’ve only had them in salads, but as I was researching the best way to keep them fresh, I discovered two things.

  1. You can eat the leaves – which we did in our salad at supper.
  2. Other people eat them with bread and butter. I tried this and can’t believe I’ve missed out on this all my life – it was delicious!

If you want fresh produce, coffee, soap, jewelry, music , and much more, visit Pepper Place.

Pepper Place

2829 2nd Avenue South
Birmingham, Alabama 35233.