Show 909 – Life-Saving Farmer

In October 2022, St. Clair County farmer Matt Smith collapsed while inside the Oxford TriGreen dealership. Thankfully, fellow farmer and store general manager Justin Lackey jumped into action and is the reason this story ends happily.

It may be called Big Dog Rescue Ranch, but all dogs — big, small and in between — get a new lease on life under the care of this shelter’s dedicated staff. You’re sure to smile at all the wagging tails you can find in Shorter at one location of the largest cage-free, no-kill dog rescue in the U.S.

Marty’s Stew Shack offers all kinds of menu items from burgers to ice cream. As you might expect, stew is their signature dish, and in particular — goat stew — which they serve one Saturday a month. It’s worth the drive to Anderson, Alabama, in Lauderdale County to experience this unique eatery. Thanks to Alabama Farm Credit for providing this story!

Plus, Alabama Cooperative Extension System brings us a Farm and Outdoor segment on backyard birding. This favorite pastime gained popularity during the pandemic, and Wesley Anderson offers tips to attract birds right to your own backyard.

Nobody makes muffins better than a grandmother, and that’s why Stacey Little of Southern Bite relied on his nana for his favorite muffin recipe. With this recipe for Nana’s Best Blueberry Muffins, you’ll be on your way to making your family’s favorite muffins, too!

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