Montgomery Vegetables And Georgia Gilmore’s Club From Nowhere

Montgomery is blessed with good farmers’ markets. There’s the State Farmers’ Market (1445 Federal Drive) which is huge and besides all the fresh fruits and vegetables has plenty of homemade baked goods and jams/jellies/honey. That’s where we go each Spring for our large outdoor plants like palms and oleanders and hibiscus. It’s hard to do better than them for plants.

There’s another place on Fairview Avenue close to I-65 – I think it’s just called the Fairview Farmers’ Market – where they will just about kill you with kindness! CanIHelpYou?CanIHelpYou?CanIHelpYou? That one’s a lot smaller and for whatever reason I never find anything there I just have to have.
My favorite-favorite, though, has to be the Montgomery Curb Market (1004 Madison Avenue). We’ve gotten everything from gigantic mums to cakes, rolls, scuppernong jelly, all kinds of produce, even homemade wreaths. This is the kind of place where you meet the actual people who grew or made whatever it is. Last time, I noticed this sign:

Under the “watching you” sign is the Luke 11: 2-4 prayer (Father, hallowed be Your name…) and under *that* is a little sign about being forgiven.

The market is open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
Montgomery has plenty of meat & threes but they’re mostly only open during the week and closed on weekends. The last time we were in town we went to Derk’s Filet and Vine (which was open on Saturday) and Shug and I shared a vegetable plate. I think we had peas, broccoli & cheese, green beans, and greens.
Yes!! That’s my son going after his English peas with both hands! I’m so glad he took after me and loves his vegetables.

Not sure how many other cities have historical signs for people locally famous for feeding others, but in Montgomery, there’s Georgia Gilmore. This was her home:

The sign reads:

Georgia Gilmore
February 5, 1920 – March 3, 1990
Georgia Gilmore, cited as a “solid, energetic boycott participant and supporter” lived in this house during the days of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Once arrested on a bus, Gilmore was ardent in her efforts to raise funds for the Movement and organized “Club From Nowhere” whose members baked pies and cakes for sale to both black and white customers. Opening her home to all, she tirelessly cooked meals for participants including such leaders as Dr. Martin Luther King and Dr. Ralph Abernathy. Her culinary skills continued to aid the cause of justice as she actively worked to encourage civil rights for the remainder of her life.

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