Baldwin County Strawberry Festival in Loxley, Alabama

11 Apr

Yesterday we attended the 23rd Annual Baldwin County Strawberry Festival in Loxley, AL. What a slice of “American Pie” this event has become. Crafts, classic cars, live music, a beauty pageant, and lots of good food. That makes for a fun, family-oriented day out.

Flats of fresh picked strawberries were sold for $18 each. We actually held off and later found a better price of just 99 cents per quart. I had some on my cereal this morning and they were delicious. Who needs added sugar when Mother Nature delivers all the sweetness you could ask for?

The festivities also included a classic car show. The vehicle seen directly above looks like something I once saw on the cover of a Stray Cats LP. This is a very cool rockabilly ride! Flames are often overdone and cliche, but in this case it was a perfect match.

Gotta love the big fat whitewall tires. I onced owned a 1956 Buick Special and a 1961 Mercury Monterey — had whitewalls on both of ’em. The Special (the Virginia plate read “HoDad”) was totaled while parked outside my pad back in the early ’80s. The Monterey I traded in on a new Honda Civic.  What the hell was I thinking???

They just don’t make ’em like this anymore. Have you seen the new Impala’s lately? They used to be sleek and sporty. They are now an ugly piece of crap. Sorry, but ya know I’m right.

The Brits were represented with MGs (above) …

… and a Cooper Mini with Union Jack – smashing, baby!

This is my new dream beach wagon — love the color!

Interior of the VW Camper — all original & old school

’70s muscle cars were well represented (see Chevy Nova above)

This kind of detailed striping just isn’t seen much anymore  

Strawberries, as you can see, were flying off the shelves

Lindsay Farms ( was sampling their salsas and chow chows. We also bought a nice Ball jar of “Jacked Up” Peach Preserves (spiked with Jack Daniel’s) from Atlanta-based Jammin’ Jellies. Really nice and loaded with huge chunks of peaches. They also make several varieties of wine jellies. Check them out at .

This tiny Southern belle was vying for Little Miss Strawberry crown 

Humorous “Not So Welcome” mat for sale in crafts area

We stopped by Burris Farm Market on our way home

These freaky white coconuts caught my eye

Pickled Eggs — folks either love ’em or hate ’em. Me? Dig ’em! 

Mrs. Wheat’s Pralines are made in nearby Mobile, Alabama

The best discovery of the day was Millie Ray’s Orange Rolls. Millie Ray was in the house and she was offering up samples of her cinnamon, orange, or sausage rolls. They were all quite good — but the orange rolls stood out as being extra special.

Each batch is rolled out by Millie Ray herself in her bakery near Montgomery, AL. The visible flecks of orange zest and the tart natural orange flavor make it clear that these rolls are made with lots of love. All three varieties sell for about $5 per package ($5.99 at Burris, $4.99 @ Allegri Market on Hwy. 181). If you’re lucky, you’ll be seeing these products in your local grocery store in the not too distant future. Take it from us, they are top notch!

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