Show 805 – Vista Farms

When beef became difficult to find on grocery store shelves during the pandemic, Sarah Die-McElfresh, who manages Vista Farms with husband Scott, found a way to help by having beef processed locally and selling it direct to consumers. This local beef movement quickly caught on. You can now find Vista Farms meat featured on the menu at Fannie’s in downtown Fayette and in cafeteria meals across the Fayette County School System thanks to the Alabama Farm-to-School Program.

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Storytelling is an art, and few did it as well as Alabama’s Kathryn Tucker Windham. Her book 13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey is iconic in the Yellowhammer State. In her hometown of Thomasville, you’ll find stories and memorabilia enshrined in the Kathryn Tucker Windham Museum. Locals also honor the legendary writer with Ghost Walks every October.

Imagine being a parent and learning that the work you do everyday could cause your toddler to have a serious allergic reaction. That was a reality for Caleb and Freda Bristow of Henry County when they learned their youngest child had a peanut allergy. The former Alabama Peanut Producers Association executive director, Caleb now works at his family’s peanut buying point. Imagine, too, the hope and relief of hearing there was a treatment option that could relieve all their worries.

Plus, we have another Alabama Smart Yards, thanks to Alabama Cooperative Extension System! Here, Dani Carroll discusses native pollinators and how to create habitat that supports them.

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Cooking dinner doesn’t get any easier than this recipe for Five Ingredient Enchiladas. Watch as Stacey Little of walks you through the steps. Then, make the recipe, and enjoy all the extra free time you’ll have in your evening!

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