Falling into The Pepper Place Market

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Crisp autumn air finally crossed the borders of Birmingham, which means everyone can officially start enjoying all things fall.

The Pepper Place Market on 2nd Avenue South offers seasonal goods for those who want to experience the farm but are stuck in the city.

Family farm vendors from just a few miles outside of the city set up every Saturday from mid-April to mid-December to offer produce, greenery, bread, jams, pastries and hand-crafted accessories.

The Saturday market started up in 2000 with the purpose of helping family farms connect with and sell to Birmingham residents. Since then, the market has developed into a large community of more than 100 tents in the downtown Birmingham lot with thousands of customers arriving each Saturday.

“Good people selling good food. Pepper Place gives a sense of community and quaintness to Birmingham’s industrial stereotype,” Samford student Christine Carrier said.

Saturday, Oct. 26, is the third annual Pumpkin Carving Contest featuring three St. Vincent’s surgeons and three local chefs.

So ‘tis the season for a cup of warm apple cider, a freshly-carved pumpkin on your doorstep and a few homemade jams for all of those seasonal recipes. You can find all of this and more at The Pepper Place Market, where the fall market is now in full swing.

For more information about The Pepper Place Market, go to http://www.pepperplacemarket.com/

By Rebekah Robinson