Last week Stephanie and Lance Miller invited a few local bloggers and I out to tour their farm in Boaz, AL. The Miller Farm has been in their family since 1851, and was recently recognized as a Alabama Century and Heritage farm. The Millers and several other Alabama farmers are reaching out to educate the public about all that goes into working the farms that feed Alabama. I was pretty excited to learn how they grow their main crops, cotton and peanuts. In addition to the cotton and peanuts, they also grow soybeans, corn, and have four chicken houses.
Pulling up to the farm, we were greeted by zinnias and sunflowers 🙂Who could forget Wiggley’s warm welcome! Oh the tough life of a farm dog.
Our hosts whisked us away on their homemade trailer seat setup. This beat the heck out of every makeshift hay-ride trailer I’d ever been on. And of course I had to get a picture in the big tire ; )
Our first stop was at the cotton fields where I discovered that cotton produced flowers. Check out their blooms! I would love to see these beautiful fields when the cotton is ready!Next we shuffled over to the peanut fields. Silly me did not know that peanuts grow underground! They have little flowers too 🙂 Since peanuts require sandy soil, the Millers own one of the few places in northern Alabama that can grow them. Turns outs Sand Mountain is more than just a name.
When it is time, the Millers plow four rows of peanuts at a time. Due to some very specific harvesting methods, the Millers use GPS and some detailed notes to locate which peanuts they want to harvest. Did you know that peanuts go to sleep at night, letting their leaves droop? Lance kindly showed us some peanuts straight from the ground. These still need some more time to grow and eventually be dried.
Take a look at some of the equipment they use on the farm.After the peanuts, we visited the chicken houses. These houses use a surprising amount of technology including temperature and humidity. These chicks were about a week old. Aren’t they cute?
Our last stop on the tour was to pick some corn, and not just any corn. Seminis Sweet Corn by Montsanto.
And last but not least, we had a delicious lunch back in their shop.What would a farm tour be without a game of Corno? These are just some of the products that are made using corn.
Be sure to check out more recaps of our tour:
Stephanie from Miller Farms at Life of a Farmer’s Wife
Lynda at Southern Kissed
Paula at AKA Jane Random
Connie at Cosmopolitan Cornbread
Christy at Southern Plate
I want to thank Miller Farms, Montsanto, and the Alabama Farmer’s Federation for having all us of out to the farm, showing us around, feeding us a yummy lunch, and pampering us with a goody bag. I hope all my readers get an opportunity to see a local farm in their area and gain a better appreciation of all that goes into feeding our families.
Thanks for stopping by!