Who: Carl Sanders
What: Peanut farmer
Where: Coffee County, Alabama
Carl Sanders is one of 25,000 peanut farmers in the major producing areas of the United States. Coffee County, Alabama, is where generation after generation of his family have turned the soil year after year to harvest the sand-loving legume. It's also one of the regions within a 100-mile radius of Dothan, Alabama, that produce approximately 75 percent of the nation's peanuts (this includes peanut-growing areas of Georgia and Florida).
When I was there, on a mild fall day, Carl's son was making the most of daylight hours and racing an incoming storm system threatening their harvest schedule. Carl stepped down from his own tractor seat to talk numbers and walk me (and my camera) through the process of a peanut harvest firsthand and a taste test of my first-ever, straight from the field raw peanut.