Erika Tracy and Jennifer Kornegay live in Montgomery, Ala. Erika is a freelance graphic designer and photographer; Jennifer is a freelance writer. The two friends love finding stories that need to be told and using images and words to tell them together.
When you get a hold of nice ripe peaches, it can be tempting to just take a big bite and eat them straight-up. But if you’re using them for pie, ice cream, or in other peach recipes, you probably want to remove their skins first. Removing the peels can help provide a more consistent texture to your favorite treats.
What: To Your Health Sprouted Flour Co. Read the series → Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four Love really good popcorn, but don’t want to take the time to make it the old-fashioned way? Use sprouted corn kernels in place of conventional popping corn, and you can achieve popcorn perfection with the convenience of your microwave. Here’s how to do it. The keys to great popcorn are the multiple mini-explosions created when heat turns the moisture in each kernel into steam.
Who: Tucker Pecan Company What: Southern Pecans Where: Montgomery, Alabama In 1952 Monroe Tucker started selling in-shell pecans alongside fresh produce at a curb stand in Montgomery, Alabama, writing the first lines of Tucker Pecan Company’s “nutty” story.
Who: Tucker Pecan Company What: Southern Pecans Where: Montgomery, Alabama For more than 60 years, Montgomery’s Tucker Pecan Company has been providing people all over the South and the country with premium pecans and pecan products. It all begins with a bright-green orb hanging from a tree branch. Tracts of land lined with rows of pecan trees — their leaf-covered branches forming a canopy that blocks out most of the sun — are common sights on rural highways in the South.
Who: Tucker Pecan Company What: Southern Pecans Where: Montgomery, Alabama Tucker Pecan Company scouts out the best Southeastern pecans to buy, and then shells them and sells them plain. But it also roasts and salts them, smothers them in chocolate, glazes them with honey, uses them to make crunchy coatings for candies, bakes them up in pies, and more.
Who: Lane Southern Orchards What: Georgia Peaches Where: Fort Valley, GA It’s currently peach season in Georgia — the state that produces such an abundance of the iconic Southern treat, it has adopted the fuzzy fruit as it most recognizable symbol. In Fort Valley, Lane Southern Orchards has been planting, harvesting, packing, and selling 30 different varieties of peaches for more than 100 years. Here’s how they do it.
Who: Tucker Pecan Company What: Southern pecans Where: Montgomery, Alabama Whether you pronounce it pee-can or puh-con, there’s a good chance you’ll be enjoying this nut, native to the South, in at least a few sweet treats as we approach the holiday season. Pecans and chocolate (or caramel, or honey) are great together. At Tucker Pecan Company, they’re a match made in heaven.
Who: Tucker Pecan Company What: Southern Pecans Where: Montgomery, Alabama Got a pecan tree in your yard? Well, today you’re in luck: David Little, president of Tucker Pecan Company, is sharing a few gathering and shelling tips. In the fall, when the green outer hull enclosing each nut opens, the pecans are ready for harvest. At commercial pecan orchards, machines are used to shake them out of the trees.
Who: Lane Southern Orchards What: Georgia Peaches Where: Fort Valley, GA There is perhaps no Southern fruit prized as highly as the peach. It’s Georgia’s food claim to fame. This time of year, folks buy the soft, red-blushed globes with golden flesh by the bushel to bake up in sticky cobblers, churn into cool ice cream, and enjoy in a hundred other ways. But if you want to end up with a pie that’s “peachy keen,” you’ve got to start with good product.
Who: Lane Southern Orchards What: Georgia peaches Where: Fort Valley, GA Gleaming white rocking chairs lined up across a wide porch send a welcoming signal to visitors of Lane Southern Orchards in Fort Valley, Georgia. And there are a lot of them; Lane hosted more than 350,000 people last year. They come for the farm-fresh peaches – and the variety of incredible edibles made using them – and to get a behind-the-scenes look at the 100-year-old company’s operations.
Who: Lane Southern Orchards What: Georgia Peaches Where: Fort Valley, GA For 107 years, the Lane family has been planting, growing, harvesting, packing, and shipping fresh Georgia peaches all over the country, giving people miles from the nearest peach tree access to one of the South’s favorite fruits. Founded in 1908 as Diamond Fruit Farm by John David Duke, it took on the Lane name when Duke’s son-in-law David O. Lane took over after Duke’s death.
Advice from: Peggy Sutton of To Your Health Sprouted Flour Co. Read the series → Part One, Part Two, Part Three If you placed a mound of conventional flour and sprouted flour side by side, you might not be able to tell, just by looking, which was which. But Peggy Sutton, owner of To Your Healthy Sprouted Flour, insists that your taste buds would be able to discern the difference. Ready to try your hand at baking with sprouted flour? Here are three tips for making the most of it.
The Tour: To Your Health Sprouted Flour Co. What: Organic, whole-grain sprouted flour Where: Fitzpatrick, Alabama Read the series → Part One, Part Two Earlier this week we introduced you to Peggy Sutton, founder and owner of the To Your Health Sprouted Flour Co. in Fitzpatrick, Alabama. Ten years ago Peggy started sprouting and grinding whole grains in her kitchen.
Profile: To Your Health Sprouted Flour Co. What: Organic, whole-grain sprouted flour Where: Fitzpatrick, Alabama Read the series: Part One Advances in technology have vastly improved farming techniques, like giving us bigger harvests in a variety of crops. But sometimes, doing things the old-fashioned way yields rich benefit. Case in point: sprouted flour. You’ve probably heard the term, but you might not understand what it is. Here are three things to know about sprouted flour.
Who: Peggy Sutton of To Your Health Sprouted Flour Co. What: Organic, whole-grain sprouted flour Where: Fitzpatrick, Alabama Right this moment in rural Alabama, a little company called To Your Health Sprouted Flour Co. is on track to produce three million pounds of 100-percent organic, whole-grain sprouted flour this year.