Show 515 – Blessing of the Fleet

In this episode, we cover a few hundred miles as we travel from the Southern tip of Alabama all the way to the northwestern most corner.

We start down in Bayou La Batre to visit a 70-year-old tradition — the Blessing of the Fleet. Shrimping is extremely important to this small fishing village, and the event allows locals to ask for God’s blessings and protection.

Then we jump from the Gulf to the plains to introduce you to rockstar business owner Stacy Brown. This Alabama chick has grown her business, Chicken Salad Chick, from its first location in Auburn to more than 100 chains across the Southeast.

Even during the summer, you’ll find teachers working hard to improve their classrooms. Nearly 90 educators gathered in Florence in late May for the Alabama Ag in the Classroom Summer Institute. During the free three-day program, participants toured farms and received a slew of inspiring ideas about how to incorporate agricultural lessons into their classrooms.

To wrap up the show, everyone’s favorite plant guru explains how eating healthy doesn’t always have to mean filling you plate with greens. There’s a whole rainbow of colors you can grow in your vegetable garden.

Show 514 – Baggage and Blooms

The dog days of summer surely stretch longer in the South than anywhere else in the country, so beat the heat while watching brand new episodes of Simply Southern!

We start off in the (thankfully) air-conditioned shopper’s paradise of Unclaimed Baggage, the nation’s only lost luggage store. Co-host Jim Allen scours this unique Scottsboro shopping destination to find the best deals and most interesting items.

Now that you know the best place to claim a good deal on unclaimed goods, let’s head to the other end of the state for the best place to stroll through the landscape. It’s the Festival of Flowers, one of the largest outdoor flower shows in the nation.

If you just can’t get enough flowers, then you’re in luck. Our next stop is Dixie Green nursery in Cherokee County. This farm earned thhe title of Alabama’s 2019 Farm of Distinction.

Our resident gardening expert is enjoying some A/C himself as he joins us in the studio to answer viewers’ questions about vegetable and herb gardening, including

  • I would love to grow lavender and parsley. How do I get started?
  • I work at a daycare and the kids have set a raised garden. We were wondering what the best way to grow tomatoes would be.
  • What is the best plant food for vegetables and herbs, including tomatoes?