Local’s Produce: Fresh fruit and vegetable stand

By MIA BASS

Locals Produce

Bob Everett operates Local's Produce daily from farm to stand. Photo by Mia Bass.

What began as an idea to sell tomatoes on Highway 280 has expanded into an offering of zucchini, bell peppers, squash and all kids of food products at Local’s Produce.

“It’s as local as we can get,” Everett said. They sell the produce from their own Sunbelt Farm in Harpersville, where 80 acres are devoted to tomatoes and 40 to other vegetables. They also sell peaches grown by Mr. Headly in Chilton County and various veggies from farmers in Blount County and Albertville, among other foods.

“Everything is made by local Alabama friends,” Hamner said. It’s that neighborly attitude that has become the nuts and bolts of the produce stand since it opened last year.

“One of the best parts of the job is getting to flirt with little old ladies and ask the kicker question, ‘How did you meet your husband?’” Everett said.

The relationships Sam Hamner formed with other locals, such as the Crazy Red Headed Fat Girls who provide the salsa and preserves for the stand, make the stand a community. They also sell Kelly’s Cakes, fresh lemonade and boiled peanuts.

“There really isn’t anything like this out here,” Julie Hamner said.

This month Everett said no one should miss out on the huge watermelon and even more delicious Chilton County peaches for sale.

Local’s Produce stand is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 pm. and on Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. The stand can be found at 5301 Highway 280 between Lloyd’s Restaurant and Hamburger Heaven. They welcome questions at localsproduce@gmail.com.

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