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5 Spots to Shop for Fresh Produce in the Shoals

Publix and Foodland have a place, but when you want fresh-from-the-farm offerings and one-of-a-kind treats, head to one of these local favorites instead.

Rick’s Produce

Muscle Shoals

Owned by farmer Rick Lindsey, this spot off Wilson Dam Road truly has it all. Shop here to find the freshest produce (including incredible strawberries and peaches in season), homemade heat-and-eat meals, smoked brisket and pork, roasted corn, every sauce, spread and jam you can think of, and one of the largest selections of fall décor in northern Alabama. Bring on the heritage pumpkins!

Cottonwood Farm & Grocery

Florence

Good things come in small packages, as you’ll discover stepping into the tiny storefront for Cottonwood, just down from Rosie’s on Court Street. May we recommend visiting on Thursday afternoons, when fresh sourdough bread loaves go on sale—and you can also pick up coffee beans, eggs and in-season fruit (like muscadines) for weekend breakfast.

Killen Farmers Market

Killen

Every Saturday from 8am-12pm in spring and summer, head to Killen Park to scoop up fresh flowers, locally grown fruits and vegetables, and delectable treats like homemade danishes and breakfast burritos. While the market winds down in fall, you can still preorder items like artisan bread from Oakland Bakery, eggs from Garden Ridge Farm, and jams and jellies from Cedar Bridge Farm for Saturday morning pickup.

Midtowne Butcher

Florence

It’s no surprise the meat counter at this new spot in Seven Points regularly sells out. Not only is the quality among the best in town; its prices are comparable to what you’d find at Publix. We love how you can also pick up produce like potatoes, onions and peppers here, making it easy to make an entire meal out of one stop.

Green Valley Nursery

Florence

This locally owned shop not only provides all your landscaping and porch-decorating needs (think mums, mulch, sod, trees and more), it’s also well-stocked with fresh produce and locally made goodies. Find everything from fresh corn on the cob to peaches, watermelons, plums, peanut butter, honey, maple syrup, fried hand pies, Amish baked goods and more at this indoor-outdoor market.

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