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Hitty Dixee brought home delicious fresh bounty from Aunt Katie’s Community Garden. The visit was spur-of-the-moment, prompted by an interview heard on the local public radio station and another spectacularly beautiful afternoon.

The garden is right in the middle of downtown Dothan, Alabama and serves the folks that live in the neighborhood, as well as the wider community.  There is so much growing in that delightful half-acre! It is hard to take it all in…and Dixee was blessed to take some out! She came home with kale, carrots, beets, herbs and sweet potato slips…plus a heap of knowledge and encouragement imparted by Ms. Belvia Jones: Teacher, Hostess, Gardener and remarkable human being.

Aunt Katie's Bounty

Tiny carrots for Hitty Dixee

 

You really should go, but barring that, to find out more visit:

Aunt Katie’s Community Garden

and

The Dubois Institute For Entrepreneurship, Inc.

 

 

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A ramble in the woods

Forever Wild Trails, Dothan, Alabama

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Peas, peas, peas, peas

Eating goober peas

Goodness, how delicious,

Eating goober peas

~Traditional folk song

     On a day as golden as the cane juice bubbling in the syrup shed, Hedydd joined her community at the annual Wiregrass Heritage Festival, Landmark Park, Dothan, Alabama. There was a Quilt Show, an antique tractor parade, butter-churning, basket-weaving and a host of activities celebrating traditional farm life in this corner of the Deep South.

     The peanut harvest  has begun in earnest in The Wiregrass. Many farmers and their families have taken time away from their fields to volunteer at the Festival, teaching young and old alike about “goober peas” – peanuts!

Fresh from the ground, peanut plants are stacked around a pole, ready to dry in the warm Wiregrass sun.
Fresh from the ground, peanut plants are stacked around a pole, ready to dry in the warm Wiregrass sun.
The rust-red thresher was ready to spring into action.

The vintage rust-red thresher was ready to spring into action.

Released from the foliage, peanuts slide down the chute.

Shaken from the foliage, dried peanuts slide down the chute.

The chaff flies away and the foliage is baled for mulch and animal feed.

The chaff is blown away and the foliage is baled for mulch and animal feed.

Goodness, how delicious!

Goodness, how delicious!

Mr. Ed’s “Chinese” Boiled Peanuts

     Hot boiled peanuts are a Southern culinary tradition. Here is our own favorite recipe.

  • 1 1/2 – 2 lbs. raw peanuts
  • 1/3 – 1/2 bottle of McCormick Chinese Five Spice
  • 1/2 Tablespoon coarse salt

Place raw peanuts, Chinese Five Spice and salt into a large pot.  Add water to cover peanuts by a depth of two inches.  Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer, cover and cook for 2 1/2 – 3 hours. Check your peanuts for your preferred tenderness. We like them firm, not mushy. Allow the peanuts to cool in the pot. Drain and serve immediately. Boiled peanuts may be stored in the refrigerator for a few days in a tightly sealed bag.

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“Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin;  and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.”

Matthew 6: 28 & 29

Don't worry; Be Hitty
Dothan Botanical Gardens

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Teddy Bear yates- the quiet life of a companion teddybear

The quiet life of a companion teddybear

SALLEY MAVOR

WEE FOLK STUDIO

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