Show 912 – Circle J Dairy

Just a few weeks ago, we told you about Gilmer Dairy Farm in Lamar County closing its dairy to focus on raising beef cattle. Just down the road in neighboring Pickens County, members of the Junkin family have revived the old family dairy. Ralph Junkin Jr.; his daughter, Jessica Vails; and their herd of Holsteins and Jerseys are the people and animals behind Circle J Dairy.

Harrison Brothers Hardware Store has been in the same location in Huntsville for over 125 years. The wares have changed — rather than tools and lumber, the inventory skews more toward giftware and local products. But the shelves still hold stories of the store’s history, including an old-time cash register.

Enjoy the latest agriculture news and accolades, including:

  • Coverage of Young Farmers Conference with announcement of the three Outstanding Young Farm Family finalists
  • Jon and Amy Hegeman of Calhoun County winning the 2023 National Outstanding Young Farmers Award from the National Association of County Agriculture Agents
  • Recent inductees to the Alabama Agriculture Hall of Honor
  • U-pick tulip farms like Hubert Tulip Farm in New Market, Alabama — click here and search for the Alabama AgCast featuring Seth and Kaylee Hubert (*Note: This video mentions the Festival of Tulips at American Village. Unfortunately, weather caused this event to close earlier than usual this year.)

Plus, Sweet Grown Alabama member Scott Ireland of Ireland Farms in Alpine shows how lettuce is grown and harvested.

A tomato sandwich is a Southern summertime favorite. Pack all those same flavors into a side dish with this Tomato Cracker Salad recipe from Southern Bite.

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