Sweet Grown Alabama is a beloved non-profit that works to promote Alabama farmers by connecting both consumers and retailers to foods and agricultural products produced within the state. Each year, Sweet Grown Alabama hosts Sweet Grown Alabama Day, a day dedicated to promoting the amazing work local farmers are doing in our state. Locals are encouraged to celebrate all things locally grown alongside Sweet Grown Alabama on Saturday, July 22nd.

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The goal of Sweet Grown Alabama Day is for every participant to do at least one activity that supports an Alabama farmer. This can be as simple as cooking with locally sourced ingredients, buying from a favorite local farmer, picking locally grown flowers, and more. Sweet Grown Alabama encourages those participating to share on their social media (Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter) and tag Sweet Grown Alabama to be entered to win a gift bag full of Sweet Grown Alabama products.

If you want to participate but will not be in town on Sweet Grown Alabama Day, don’t worry. Sweet Grown Alabama has a searchable database that allows consumers to easily connect with local farmers in their area and find the specific Alabama-grown products they are shopping for. Simply input your zip code to find local products nearest you. Click here to use the database and be sure to bookmark the page for future shopping.

Supporting your local farmers by shopping locally is vital to the Alabama economy. Sweet Grown Alabama Director Ellie Watson says it best, “When you buy products grown in Alabama, not only do you receive the best products around but you also support our state’s economy. Participating in Sweet Grown Alabama Day is a simple, fun way to show our support for the hardworking men and women who grow our food and other agricultural products.”

One of the easiest ways to participate in Sweet Grown Alabama Day is by visiting and supporting a local farmers market. There will be a number of farmers markets throughout Alabama that will be offering events in honor of Sweet Grown Alabama Day that will give attendees the opportunities to speak with farmers, support the local economy, and have an amazing time with friends and family. See below for the events happening this Sweet Grown Alabama Day!

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City of Albertville Farmers Market – Albertville

Address: 314 Sand Mountain Drive E, Albertville, AL 35950

Join the Albertville Farmers Market for a day of fun in the sun! With several great vendors, attendees can expect to go home with a variety of delicious products. Come ready to talk with farmers in your area and taste yummy food made in Alabama!

Open from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

City of Gadsden Parks and Rec 5th Street Market – Gadsden

Address: 439 Locust Street, Gadsden, AL 35901

The City of Gadsden Parks and Rec 5th Street Market will be having their festivities the Friday before (July 21) to coincide with their regular market hours. Market attendees can expect a watermelon seed spitting contest (with a fun trophy as the top prize), Sweet Grown Alabama bags with purchases, and recipe cards featuring produce from farmers.

Open from 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermans Market – Foley

Address: 20733 Miflin Road Foley, AL 36535

Join the Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermans Market for a day full of games, free samples and more! They will be handing out FREE watermelon slices and tomato sandwiches, as well as have a children’s activity tent with lots of games for everyone to enjoy.

Open from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Fort Payne Main Street Farmers Market – Fort Payne

Address: 509 Gault Avenue N, Fort Payne, AL 35967

You’re not going to want to miss out on all of the Fort Payne Main Street Market’s fun. This special event will be loaded with high-quality local products and treats to enjoy all morning long.

Open from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Leeds Farmers Market – Leeds

Address: 6th Street, Leeds, AL 35049

The Leeds Farmers Market is the perfect summer stop for an afternoon out of the house. With something for everyone, make this a family outing! Watch your kids’ faces light up at the sight of activities while you stock up on products for the home.

Open from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Market at Pepper Place – Birmingham

Address: 2829 2nd Avenue S, Birmingham, AL 35233

At this farmers market, you can meet local makers, talk with a farmer and connect with foodies all in one place. Enjoy live cooking demos, tasting samples and more at this vibrant market in Birmingham’s Pepper Place market district!

Open from 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Montevallo Farmers Market – Montevallo  

Address: 660 Main Street, Montevallo, AL 35115

The Montevallo Farmers Market will be having their festivities the Monday after (July 24) to coincide with their regular market hours.

Open from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Montgomery Curb Market – Montgomery

Address: 1004 Madison Avenue, Montgomery, AL 36104

Central Alabama friends, the Montgomery Curb Market never disappoints! You can expect free samples, games for the kids and lots of local goodies in a one stop shop. This event will keep you smiling all day!

Open from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Prattville/Autauga Farmers Market – Prattville

Address: 332 Doster Road, Prattville, AL 36067

Join the Prattville/Autauga Farmers Market for a day full of Sweet Grown Alabama goodies. This is a great place to stock up on all your favorite products. Here you can purchase all locally grown goodness from produce, honey and beef to handmade soaps and lotions!

Open from 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Town of Berlin Farmers Market – Cullman

Address: 50 Mt. Carmel Drive, Cullman, AL 35058

The Town of Berlin Farmers Market always gets the whole family involved! Using the Power of Produce (POP) program, kids are given vouchers to spend at the market with local farmers. After they stock up on goodies, there are still activities and a bounce house to be enjoyed!

Open from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Tuscaloosa River Market – Tuscaloosa

Address: 1900 Jack Warner Parkway, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

Visit the Tuscaloosa River Market ready to taste test delicious product! Attendees can enjoy free watermelon slices while getting their picture made with the watermelon mascot. As you shop, stop by to watch the slideshow celebrating the vendors at the market!

Open from 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Village of Providence Farmers Market – Huntsville

Address: 7 Town Center NW, Huntsville, AL 35806

Calling all North Alabamians! This farmers market in Huntsville is sure to be a fun time. With all different vendors, farmers and artisans you can find almost everything you are looking for!

Open from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.