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Locked?

Maybe you stopped by the farm on a Sunday or after work only to find it locked. What gives? For years, we’ve kept the farm open, all hours, all days, but this year, we’ve experienced multiple thefts - money earned from the farmers market, staff wallets, and most recently about $700 in tools we were using to build our office. We have to lock the gates as an added level of security. We can’t afford to keep them open.

We don’t like this decision. Part of our vision for the farm is as a place for you, our community, to relax, learn, or spend time with family. We staff love nothing more than to arrive at the farm to find people taking a lunch break or families visiting the chickens, but the “always open” policy is draining our limited organizational resources.

Even with the theft, we will move into our new caboose office in the next two weeks. When our staff is on site, you will find the gates open Monday - Friday from about 8 am until 5 pm, and on the first and third Saturdays from 8 - 12.

Want to keep the farm open longer? Here’s how you can help:

  • Volunteer to staff the Montgomery Curb Market booth one Saturday a month. While you’re keeping our booth open, Farmer Caylor can keep the farm open. We’ll train you, and you’re likely to leave with produce, too. Email farmer@eatsouth.org if you’re interested.

  • Donate. Ok, we’re a nonprofit, and we nonprofits ask for money, but it’s what you give that pays for workshops, for school field trips, for having a farmer on site to give a tour or answer questions. Your contribution helps keep the gates open.

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Dave's Quick Roasted Tomatoes

Before

Before

  • Cherry, roma, paste, or other tomatoes
  • Olive oil

  • A head of garlic (more if you like garlic)

  • Salt to taste

  • Cast iron skillet or oven proof pan

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Cover the bottom of your pan with whole cherry tomatoes or tomatoes sliced in half or quartered. Peel garlic cloves. Wedge whole garlic cloves in between tomatoes. Use as many cloves as you have or as you like garlic. Drizzle olive oil over tomatoes and garlic so that the tomatoes are shiney. Put pan in oven and roast for 10 - 20 min checking often. When the tomato skins start to blacken, it’s ready. Cool, pour into freezer proof containers leaving a little room at the top and freeze.

Use Dave’s Quick Roasted Tomatoes on toast, tossed with spaghetti, in chili or stew, wherever garlic and tomatoes would taste good.

After

After

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Forward Movement

The new windows open to give us fresh air on cool days. The caboose openings aren't standard window sizes. Since we're on a budget, we bought off the shelf windows and added more framing.

The new windows open to give us fresh air on cool days. The caboose openings aren't standard window sizes. Since we're on a budget, we bought off the shelf windows and added more framing.

A new, steel front door - imagine it painted a bright color with a rectangle of chalkboard paint. When we're finished, we'll post the week's activities on the door.

A new, steel front door - imagine it painted a bright color with a rectangle of chalkboard paint. When we're finished, we'll post the week's activities on the door.

Our new floor - Don't get us wrong. We loved the original pine floor, but we didn't have the time or resources to properly restore it. The floor had many holes, patches, and rotten bits, but the good bits were lovely! The original floor lives under this one for a future day when someone has the time and resources to bring it back to life.

Our new floor - Don't get us wrong. We loved the original pine floor, but we didn't have the time or resources to properly restore it. The floor had many holes, patches, and rotten bits, but the good bits were lovely! The original floor lives under this one for a future day when someone has the time and resources to bring it back to life.

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Deconstruction Begins

No insulation to see here...

No insulation to see here...

South side of caboose with central wall removed.

South side of caboose with central wall removed.

The first thing to go was the sheetrock, then the windows. The windows were in pretty good shape. They were just never sealed well. We removed the four windows on the sides of the caboose and replaced them with windows that open for ventilation. The windows around the top of the caboose were resealed.

Through the deconstruction process, we learned that sheetrock can be recycled into new sheetrock. It's just hard to find a recycler, and really hard to find one in Montgomery. If you are in Birmingham, you can take your sheetrock, concrete and asphalt here

Ceiling and wall detail on the south side of the caboose. The metal studs were added to hang the sheet rock. There is space for blow-in insulation in between the ceiling, wall and external wall/roof. There was also a lot of evidence of rodent life.

Ceiling and wall detail on the south side of the caboose. The metal studs were added to hang the sheet rock. There is space for blow-in insulation in between the ceiling, wall and external wall/roof. There was also a lot of evidence of rodent life.

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