By Haley Sue Harbison
Connections, Events and Stories Help Turn Neighbors into Friends
The West Homewood Farmer’s Market began more than a decade ago through the vision of a small group at Shades Valley Community Church to bring Alabama farmers and makers together under a new community event and to create a third-space where people who might think differently can come together in a safe place to get to know their neighbor.
In the fall of 2020 that same small group launched a new Alabama non-profit organization called the West Homewood Company with a mission as strong and true as ever: to protect and conserve Alabama's land and animals by supporting farmers and makers that make sustaining possible.
The West Homewood Farmer’s Market takes place on Tuesday evenings during the summer from June 8th through August 3rd! As an Alabama essential businesses, the market is looking to DRAMATICALLY expand our selection of vegetables, fruits, lettuces, micro-greens, mushrooms, flowers, as well as, products made from animals such as eggs, cheese, meats, and more. The market hopes to not lose it's festival and family friendly atmosphere but aims to get back to it's original mission of having an excellent farmer's market to supply high quality and locally grown food to it's neighbors. The market will continue to have food trucks, live entertainment, kid's activities (if guidelines permit) and more.
The Market is located at 160 Oxmoor Road, Homewood, AL 35209 and is open every Tuesday from 5 pm to 8 pm in June, July and the first Tuesday of August. It will feature anywhere from 30-60 vendors and its volunteers and vendors will adhere to the CDC's guidelines regarding social distancing.
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The NEW Neighbors to Friends Initiative
Many neighbors have visited the new West Homewood Company office located in the recently renovated 186 building which is located just a short walk from where the market is held. Most have chosen to make this community their home because of its diversity. West Homewood is considered one of the hottest places to live but many don't realize that the community consist of much more than the residences and businesses nestled around Patriot Park. It also includes numerous apartment complexes, industrial parks, and neighborhoods the borders West of I65 and Bluff Park.
So how does West Homewood celebrate and nurture diversity within it's community?
One way the West Homewood Company hopes to help is by sharing stories of those who live, work and play in the community. One of the founding members of the group - Ron Pate says, "by sharing our stories we can help turn neighbors into friends." New story tellers have been hired to do just that! We need your help to get started...
Tell us about a time that you personally felt connected, or maybe you don't feel connected to the community of West Homewood? Click the link below to tell us your story!