Traffic going east on Highway 36 from I-65 at Exit 328:
The Highway 36 detour does NOT obstruct the route to Reeves’ Peach Farm or Our Happy Place Blueberry Farm. Reeves’ Peach Farm is one mile from I-65, and you can freely go to and from Reeves’ Peach Farm straight from Interstate 65 at Exit 328 Our Happy Place Blueberry Farm is past Reeves Peach Farm, but before the detour.
Traffic going west on Highway 36 from Highway 231:
The Highway 36 detour does NOT obstruct the route to Graves Grocery or Our Happy Place Blueberry Farm. Both locations are located before the detour, and you can freely go to and from both venues straight from Highway 231.
Did Somebody Say, Scavenger Hunt?
Join Morgan and A.G. as you search for hidden treasures in a county-wide scavenger hunt along the Trail. Pick up a scavenger hunt passport at one of the 5 participating vendors listed on the downloadable Trail map on this page to learn about the Scavenger Hunt rules, clues, and locations. Keep track of your progress with a special passport and present it at the end to get a special prize!
Care and attention are as natural at BJR Summerford Farms/Beef 4 U as their beef. BJR Summerford Farms is a family owned and operated beef cattle operation. Grass-fed and grain-
finished, these farmers sell healthy beef products that are sure to satisfy everyone. Their high quality finishing creep feed is purchased locally and, according to their website, “specifically formulated to work in harmony with Southeastern forages.” Order a cut of their premium beef from www.beef4u.org and see their About section for more information on their beef rearing process.
Champion Farms is a small, family-owned farm that grows strawberries, tomatoes, peaches, and other fresh fruits and vegetables. The Champions don’t use any harmful chemicals on their crops, and they even irrigate their fields with well water from their own property, meaning their produce can be eaten straight off the plant. The Champions also provide an assortment of homemade jams and jellies made from fruits grown right out of their backyard. They even offer a U-Pick strawberry patch during the summer—a favorite of the operators’ grandchildren.
A fixture in the community, Dutch Oven Bakery built its reputation on humble service, strong morals, and equally strong work ethic. The bakery offers freshly baked goods and a diverse grocery selection. Their mouthwatering sandwiches, wide deli selection, fudge, cookies, and homemade pies make them an ideal stop for lunch or pantry stocking.
The Fagermans are a local Somerville family making a name for themselves as the first sheep farm in the United States to raise the premium sheep breed Australian White. The wide range of cuts the Fagermans sell is marbled like Wagyu beef and has a rich, bold flavor that simply melts in your mouth. The Fagermans also follow natural and ethical sheep rearing practices, meaning their lamb is free of antibiotics and hormones, unexposed to feedlots, and lead a stress-free life.
Fathead Fanny is one of the smaller spots on this trail, but the services and goods they offer really standout. Fathead Fanny is a gluten-free, sugar-free, ketogenic, and diabetic friendly bakery and coffee shop. This cozy shop offers a wide range of delicious biscuits, rolls, desserts, and coffee blends that you can consume with a guiltless conscience. Their secret to making these yummy and healthy treats is substituting regular flour and sugar with almond or coconut flour and natural sweeteners.
GoFAR USA Park is an outdoor adventure park nestled in a forest just outside Decatur, Alabama. This 60-acre park offers a variety of activities for people of all ages and physical capabilities: trails for hiking, running, or biking, obstacle courses, electric scootering and trail boarding, rock wall climbing, a paintball shooting range, and more!
Graves Grocery is a small, family-run community restaurant that is keeping the mom-and-pop shop tradition alive. Graves offers its community and shoppers a small selection of local produce (including honey!) and offers homemade dine-in or -out options for breakfast and lunch. Stop by this sunny little spot just off Highway 36 to boost your mood and give your mind rest at Lacey’s Spring Community Rest Stop.
The Hartselle Farmers Market is a cozy market that embodies the true nature of local agriculture. Whether one is looking for fruits, veggies, or homemade goods, the Hartselle Farmers Market has it all! Just a short, easy walk from the downtown shopping district, the market treats anyone who visits like family. Stop by and get some fresh produce today!
At Manna House’s “Fields of Green,” they literally have growing quality produce down to a science. The Manna House Hydroponic Gardens is an innovative indoor garden that grows lettuce plants using a hydroponic system: an automated growing system that uses nutrient-rich water instead of soil to grow plants anywhere. Schedule a tour today and see for yourself this fascinating and scientific process, and support Manna Houses’ mission to feed our communities.
Established in 1937, the Morgan County/Decatur Farmers Market is one of the oldest in the state and is one of the few markets open six days a week. Though they mainly offer farm-fresh, seasonal produce, they also have a selection of locally made goods. The Market hosts a variety of summer events like the Strawberry Festival and Tomato Sandwich Day, and hosts a Jack-o-lantern contest in the fall.
This farm in Lacey’s Spring is truly a happy place. Our Happy Place Blueberry farm is a small, family-run operation located just outside Huntsville, Alabama. The farm’s primary service is a family-friendly “Pick Your Own” experience that is available during the summer when blueberries are ripe. Sweeter than their store-bought counterparts, the farm’s blueberries are also sold in hand-picked portions for you to enjoy.
The Piper & Leaf Tea Co. is a family-owned and -operated artisanal tea blender and brewery. Cooperating with community farms and growers, Piper & Leaf uses only the freshest and ripest local ingredients to brew, as they put it, “the unique taste of Alabama” into every jar they sell. At their headquarters Lacey’s Spring, you can buy a jar of tea, relax on the porch, and check out their store or the grounds.
Reeves is a wonderful, family-run produce farm and market located just off Highway 36. Reeves has the sweetest peaches in Morgan County and offers all sorts of hearty vegetables and tender fruits. You can even harvest your own strawberries in the spring, or simply enjoy the seasonal, hand-picked produce and friendly service available year-round in the market.
The Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge is a span of nationally protected woodlands and wetlands. The refuge follows along the Tennessee River and offers outdoor activity locales: hiking trails, boardwalks, and access points for water activities. What makes Wheeler special though is that it is an overwintering ground for the endangered Whooping Crane. Come hear the cranes’ “whoop” for yourself as you enjoy the purest and safest way to appreciate the Alabama wild.
Nestled in the foothills of Somerville, Alabama, Gullion Farms is a true “country farm” experience. With a petting zoo, pony and wagon rides, and the opportunity to milk a real cow, Gullion Farms is a wholesome and hands-on way to experience farm life. A retired teacher with a warm heart to serve, Tammy Gullion with her husband Steve educate visitors on animals and best farming practices, all while making you feel right at home. So bring your family “Down on the Farm” and enjoy your own agriventure getaway.
Hidden Rivers Farm is truly one of Hartselle’s finest hidden gems. Owned and operated by two sisters who believe in the power of play, you can feel the joy of the outdoors in every activity they offer. From their 6-acre maze to the animal residents, and even to the pumpkin patch, you’ll see a smile on every face. No matter your age, at Hidden Rivers Farm, “You Deserve to Play!” Buy your tickets online, or purchase a season pass for year-round fun!
Enduring since the Great Depression, Goat Tripp Farms/Houser’s Hogs is a family farm that adheres to traditional stock farming practices. Following the same homestyle care their grandfathers used, Goat Tripp Farms/Houser’s Hogs raises quality hog and goat meat. Their meat is “cared for as needed,” meaning the meat is raised without blanket medicine treatments, antibiotics, or hormones, and that the animals are watched over carefully for wellbeing. Their goats and hogs are also fed corn and wheat from local farms and are fed a “super-secret” feed that marbles and flavors the meat to delicious perfection. If you want to taste the flavor of care behind this family farm, send them a call or text: Chaz Darnell: (256) 303-6237 & Alex White: (256) 654-7561.
A family farm outside Decatur, Fortenberry Farms brightens surrounding farmers’ markets with their unique flavors. They sell a selection of produce, but their real claim to fame is their array of BBQ sauces. Developed and mixed by the Fortenberrys, their signature BBQ sauces are sent from “farm to table, with love.” They have sweet, tangy, savory, and spicy sauces (and sauces that even combine those flavors), and they also sell fruit-based BBQ sauces!
Flint Valley Farms is a local cattle farm located near Hartselle, Alabama, that has a mission: to provide customers with quality, affordable beef. Their beef is 100% grass-fed or grass and grain-fed and is raised without antibiotics or hormones. They sell whole, half, and quarter calves based on hanging weight, giving you access to top-of-the-line meat for an affordable price.
If you’re searching for the true taste of a traditional family farm, then Flint City Farms is the place to look. Run by a husband and wife team, Flint City Farms doesn’t sell the typical type of hybrid vegetables found in supermarkets today. They focus on growing old heirloom varieties: those are what they grew up eating, and they know those are the best. They grow strawberries, potatoes, specialty produce, and old heirloom tomatoes—their best seller. Go find them at the Decatur/Morgan County Farmers Market!
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