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Oliver Creamery shares history of family-owned business

The February meeting of Cultura Garden Club highlighted “Food to Table in Franklin County.” Debra Spillers served as program chairman. She introduced the guest speaker, Chase Oliver, from Oliver Farms.

He gave a brief history of Oliver Farms, family-owned and operated for more than a century over four generations. Oliver explained all their ice cream is homemade using a 1930 John Deere Hit and Miss Engine.

He said their ice cream is made from fresh supplies with no artificial additives. Locally, they sell through a food truck at events and at other local places. Vanilla, chocolate, cookies and cream, Christmas tree and Yoo-Hoo are among the many current flavors.

“Every day we are brainstorming new ways to improve, and we are happy to hear from our customers on what they like and what they would like to see in the future,” Oliver said. “We are sure this is just the beginning of a very long history.”

Cheri McCain and Julie McKinney hosted the meeting. It was held at North Highlands Church of Christ. Delicious refreshments included red velvet cake, chicken salad sandwiches and strawberries, and Oliver’s Creamery homemade ice cream.

Members received a handout of the Franklin County Farmers Market schedule for Red Bay, Russellville and Phil Campbell. Those interested in selling need to apply for a license at the Franklin County Extension Office.

Cultura Garden Club designated long-time member Doris Woodruff as having a Lifetime Membership of the Garden Club of Alabama. Donations of Lifetime Memberships will help fund our GCA scholarships in years to come.

February Garden Club observations included National Blood Donation Month, Heart Health Month, Wear National Red Day, Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday, Valentine’s Day, Random Act of Kindness Day and President’s Day.

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