“Local Food” means different things to different people. Wikipedia defines it as a “collaborative effort to build more locally based, self-reliant food economies – one in which sustainable food production, processing, distribution, and consumption is integrated to enhance the economic, environmental and social health of a particular place…” Here at 1892 East, we like to keep things simple so our definition is: look to those around us, be friends with them and help each other out.
Each day Chef Steve brings in the freshest, healthiest, local ingredients to prepare his tasty dishes. This food comes from carefully selected suppliers that provide the highest quality foods on family farms. It’s our belief that we should all know where our food originates and under what conditions it is prepared. So, below you will find information on our partners, the farms where the vegetables, animals, cheese and brews are produced; the photographer who makes the restaurant melt into the neighborhood. Take a few moments to get to know them. You’ll like them and love their food!
Jimmy Sparks Farm
In just one and a half acres we are able to support 38,000 plants. Take into consideration that if you were to plant all of that into the ground, it would take over 20 acres! Another point in our favor is the use of water. We have seen drought and what it can do to our planet. In conventional farming it would take 50,000 gallons of water a day to keep the plants thriving. With our hydroponic system, it takes only 2,200 gallons. That is just 4.5% of the water used on dirt farms! In short, we are the most earth-friendly farm in Alabama!
Humble Heart Farms
Humble Heart Farms Goat Cheese is a product of the Tennessee River Valley. The sun, rain, wind, grasses and feed all come together to favor our cheese. The “girls” come from a long line which produce excellent milk. We carefully provide the best nutrition with grazing, a custom blended feed and hay. This is the secret to our fine quality chevre (goat cheese). Humble Heart Farms makes a fresh spreadable fromage in seven flavors. Our herd consists of the pure white Saanen the Holstein of the goat world We milk over 100 goats. We follow a natural dairy cycle, milking for ten months of the year, breeding in the fall and kidding in early February. December and January is our “Sabbath” time when goats and farmers rest, rejuvenate and prepare for the next cycle.
Wright Dairy Alabama
Conveniently located in Calhoun County on U.S. 431 north of Anniston, we are the only dairy family in Alabama who milks the cows, bottles the milk and sells it to you right on the farm. Wright Dairy fresh whole milk is pasteurized but not homogenized—so the cream still rises to the top. Nothing is added and nothing is removed. Just shake and enjoy. It is so natural, you’ll think you have stepped back in time. Our fresh whole buttermilk has no preservatives added and nothing has been removed. It tastes like the buttermilk your great-great-grandmother used to churn. Our creamy chocolate milk will have your kids asking for more, even though it is good for them. And just wait until you try the fresh taste of our 1% milk!
Springer Mountain Farm
Nestled in the hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Springer Mountain Farms continues to provide the very best and most nutritious chicken possible, which is why our chicken is different than any other. Our chickens receive NO Antibiotics, NO Chemical Medicines, NO Growth Stimulants or Hormones, and are NEVER fed Animal By-products… they only receive an All Vegetable Diet plus natural vitamins and minerals and fresh mountain water. We, at Springer Mountain Farms, not only care about what goes into our chickens, but also how they are raised. We are the only poultry company in the world to be American Humane Certified by the American Humane Association, the longest running child and animal welfare organization in the nation. We exercise great care in all that we do, and you can truly taste the difference.
Henry Fudge—a farmer, businessman and preacher—is the driving force behind Fudge Family Farms. The farms supplying his label raise a cross of two heritage breeds and are the culmination of 30 years of research into what makes a really good hog. “A really good hog is enduring,” Fudge says. “An ideal hog is like a pro football lineman—big, rugged and wide in every direction. When I first decided to start raising hogs, I was looking for that hog, but in the ‘60s, someone decided that leaner hogs were better and that’s all I found.” Fudge spent two years going to shows and talking to old time breeders. In the 70s, he found Jim Gray, a farmer in Tennessee who had been raising purebred hogs since 1913. “Mr. Gray’s farm is where I learned about heritage breeds. I spent hours with him, learning his methods and studying old pictures and genetics. When I was ready, I started looking for purebred Durocs to start my own herd.”
Durocs are considered the breed with the best meat quality and the pork contains more marbling and fat than most of the breeds currently raised for market. Fudge remained dedicated to building the strongest herd possible and more than five years ago began introducing old bloodline Berkshire hogs into the herd. “My hogs are now about ¾ Duroc and ¼ Berkshire. Crossing the breeds has helped me maintain vitality,” he remarked.
Raising his hogs outdoors on pasture is also important to Fudge. “I was going outside as everyone else was going inside,” he said. “My research showed me that raising hogs outdoors was natural and better for the animals—they’re healthier when they’re on pasture and it shows our respect for the animals by allowing them to express their natural behaviors and live as naturally as possible.”
Higher Ground Roasters
Higher Ground was born through the combination of a desire to produce the highest quality coffee and the hope of improving the act of doing business in today’s world. We at Higher Ground began with a few goals: To purchase the best coffee available anywhere, to roast it to perfection, and to make it available – fresh – to anyone.
With this in mind, the people at Higher Ground made the decision to roast exclusively Fair Trade, shade grown, organic coffees of specialty grade. That means that all Higher Ground coffees are grown naturally without the use of harsh chemicals and fertilizers, and they represent the very best of the world’s harvest. In addition, all our beans are grown under the forest canopy, allowing farmers to preserve ancient forests and natural habitat. Since Higher Ground only roasts Fair Trade coffees, all our beans are grown on family farms and cooperatives, so more attention goes into every bean.
We spend hours perfecting the right roast for the each kind of bean. After the flavors and aromas of each coffee are brought to their best, we roast and ship on the same day—so the coffee that you get is the freshest and best possible. To create a sustainable business model that truly gives back to the community – locally and globally.
From the first roast, we wanted to make sure that Higher Ground would be a company committed to real change. So we decided that what was right for one bean was right for all of them, and agreed to be a 100% fair trade, organic, shade grown company. This means that Higher Ground doesn’t supplement sales of Fair Trade, organic coffee with profits from corporate, large estate coffee. This way, we can consistently do our part to ensure a fair wage for farmers and help them maintain their land and homes for their children and grandchildren. To invest in the future by supporting environmental preservation and conservation.
The people at Higher Ground were also aware of some successful efforts by other organizations that we could be a part of. From early on, we joined 1% for the Planet, committing at least 1% of our annual sales to environmental organizations. In addition to 1% for the Planet, we’ve joined up with lots of other groups, such as the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the War on Hunger, and the Access Fund—forwarding 10% of profits from their own special blend back to the non-profit. To the people at Higher Ground, environmental responsibility should mean being proactive, and shouldn’t stop with the coffee. Higher Ground purchases 100% recycled materials and biodegradable corn plastics as often as possible, and we donate our own waste as compost to local organic farms. Since the beginning, the we’ve committed to not just appearing good, but doing good, and every decision at Higher Ground furthers our goals of providing the best coffee through the best, most sustainable practices.
White Rabbit Studios
White Rabbit Studios is a lifestyle photography and design team based in Huntsville, Alabama. We have a passion for our community and capturing the love, growth, and events that surround us. Our style is an enchanting color-vintage fusion that will make your eyes pop and your heart sing.