Sweet Grown Alabama's Best Summer Road Trip Pit Stops
by Aisling Fields, Sweet Grown Alabama Intern
June 17, 2021
Summer’s arrival means it’s time for fun family road trips! Break up the long drives by stopping at one (or two or three) of Sweet Grown Alabama’s favorite road trip pit stops! Activities and goodies for the family can be enjoyed at these farms, markets and more.
1. Mike’s Meat Market
Location: 1012 Avalon Ave, Muscle Shoals, AL 35661
Starting in northwest Alabama, Mike’s Meat Market in Muscle Shoals has all your beef, pork and poultry products. At Mike’s Meat Market, you can buy fresh cut meat every day and purchase all kinds of rubs and seasonings to enjoy on your trip. Just remember to pack the cooler! Visit Mike’s Meat Market every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
2. J Calvert Farms
Location: 30 County Road 260, Cullman, AL 35057
If you make your way to I-65 heading south, stop in Cullman at J Calvert Farms for fresh local produce! This family run farm stand has all your fruit and vegetable needs. J Calvert Farms is open from April to the end of October on Mondays from 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
3. Pocahontas Produce
Location: 6146 Pocahontas Road, Bessemer, AL, 35022
As you travel south on I-65 toward Birmingham, make a quick detour on I-20 towards Bessemer to stop at Pocahontas Produce. Become a farmer for the day and pick your own blueberries and blackberries on Saturdays and Sundays in June, July and August! During the week, you can purchase local produce and raw honey.
4. Raybucks Farm Supply
Location: 23551 AL 48, Woodland, AL 36280
If you find yourself traveling east on 431, make sure to stop by Raybucks Farm Supply. The store is open Monday - Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and Saturday from 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. At Raybucks Farm Supply you can find fresh vegetables, local meats, Christmas trees, container plants and more!
5. Todd's Produce
Location: 23551 AL 48, Woodland, AL 36280
Heading down I-65 south to the beach? You don’t want to miss exit 205. Your first stop should be Todd’s Produce. This family owned market sells locally grown produce in addition to jams, jellies, ice cream, gifts and more. Todd’s Produce is open daily from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
6. Peach Park
Location: 2300 7th Street South, Clanton, AL 35046
Another great stop at exit 205 is Peach Park. You can shop the market for fresh produce, grab a bite to eat in the restaurant or bakery, and even do some shopping in the gift shop and boutique. The kids are sure to love the homemade ice cream and farm themed playground. Peach Park is open daily from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
7. Langham Farms
Location: 1925 U.S. 31 North, Prattville, AL 36067
Further south on I-65 about a mile off the Prattville exit, you can find Langham Farms produce stand. The farm grows and sells tomatoes, peppers, peas, beans, watermelon, cantaloupe, eggplant, sweet corn, squash, okra and more. Stop by and grab the fixins’ to prepare a Sweet Grown Alabama feast at your destination. Langham Farms has produce year-round and is open daily from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
8. Vintage Café
Location: 416 Cloverdale Road, Montgomery, AL 36106
If you are heading through Montgomery around breakfast or lunch time, you must make a pitstop at Vintage Café. Grab a bite to eat or something to drink, but make sure you don’t leave without shopping their selection of locally grown products including hyper-local lettuces grown right out back in MGM Greens vertical Freight Farms shipping containers. You can stop by the café Monday-Saturday from 6:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
9. Georges' River Market & Butchery
Location: 201 Spring Street, Wetumpka, Al 36092
After stopping by Langham Farms in Prattville, if you’re not traveling through Montgomery, you can take Highway 14 to Wetumpka to visit Georges’ River Market and Butchery. This local corner market and butchery cuts all their meats and sausages in house. Georges’ is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Friday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
10. Blue Ribbon Dairy
Location: 5290 Chana Creek Road, Tallassee, AL 36078
Continuing your trip towards Tallassee, stop by Blue Ribbon Dairy to enjoy some delicious local milk and ice cream. Drop by the farm around 3:30 in the afternoon daily to watch the cows being milked and learn how milk gets from the cow to your table. You may also get the chance to bottle feed a calf while you are there! Be prepared to buy a gallon or two of this dairy goodness to make your vacation breakfast and dessert complete.
11. Whippoorwill Vineyards
Location: 4282 County Road 31, Notasulga, AL 36866
Adults can have some fun too at Whippoorwill Vineyards in Notasulga! This winery produces 12-14 wines, varying from dry white, sweet white, dry grape, blush blends of muscadines, muscadine with strawberry and blackberry and more. Tastings are available onsite, and you can buy a bottle or three of this goodness to enjoy at your Alabama road trip destination. The vineyard is open Thursday - Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
12. SweetCreek Farm Market
Location: 85 Meriwether Road, Pike Road, AL 36064
If you continue south from Montgomery on Highway 231 towards Pike Road, you don’t want to miss SweetCreek Farm Market. The adults will love the food and market full of locally grown goodness, while the kiddos will enjoy ice cream, the playground and farm animals- including chickens, goats, and more! SweetCreek Farm Market is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Saturday from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
13. Joe C Williams Pecan Company
Location: 1101 Brundidge Blvd, Troy, AL 36081
We are nuts for Sweet Grown Alabama pecans! Joe C Williams Pecan Company in Troy is a perfect pit stop for all thing’s pecan including pies, cakes and candies. You can even buy your own pecan pie in a jar for a quick and easy way to make this southern dessert on your road trip. Stop by the shop Monday through Friday from 8:00a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
14. South Ridge Winery
Location: 3297 Live Oak Road, Luverne, AL 36049
If you find yourself heading down Highway 29 toward Luverne on a Saturday, you must stop by South Ridge Winery for a wine tasting. While there, you can also enjoy wine slushies, charcuterie boxes, shopping for gift items and beautiful vineyard views. South Ridge Winery has tastings from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. every Saturday.
15. Priester's Pecans
Location: 80 Bishop Bottom Rd. Fort Deposit, AL 36032
As you continue your travels down I-65 south, making a pit stop at Priester’s Pecans at exit 142 is a must. At Priester’s Pecans you can enjoy free pecan candy samples, shop the gift shop full of home décor and local goodness, and even watch the team make homemade candies through the viewing windows! The store front is open seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. If your trek doesn’t take you to Fort Deposit, you can shop the full array of Priester’s products at Priesters.com for shipment right to your front door.
16. Carroll Farm and Meat Company
Location: 27 S Court Square, Andalusia, AL 36420
Are you heading to the beach through Andalusia? Stop by Carroll Farm and Meat Company in historic downtown to purchase pasture-raised pork, poultry and beef- all raised right here in Alabama. You can buy specialty cut meats and products from the store seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
17. Sessions Farm Market
Location: 8971 Grand Bay – Wilmer Road, Grand Bay, AL 36541
If your road trip takes you to the Mobile area, keep right towards Grand Bay and stop by Sessions Farm Market for locally grown produce! This third-generation family farm grows everything from plums and peaches to cabbage and collards. Sessions Farm Market is open year-round Monday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
18. McKenzie Farms Market
Location: 17558 Greeno Road, Fairhope, Al 36532
If your final destination takes you through Fairhope, stop by McKenzie Farms Market to purchase a variety of Sweet Grown Alabama goodness including produce, jams, peanuts and more. Most of the produce sold is grown by McKenzie Farms, but they also source from other Alabama farmers. The market is open Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
No matter where your Alabama road trip takes you, make sure you are enjoying Sweet Grown Alabama products to support the local community. Find locally grown products across the state at SweetGrownAlabama.org.