Our Heirloom series highlights personal items or mementos that hold a special meaning, regardless of monetary value. Our hope is to reveal the incredible value of family, memory, and things that last. This week Erin, our Director of Media Services and Special Projects, shares the story of her grandmother’s kerchief. From Erin: My grandma, Nancy […]


Our newest Journal series highlights our personal heirlooms – things that hold special value and meaning to us personally, regardless of their monetary value. Alabama Chanin wants to honor things that last and things that we choose to keep in our lives and our homes as reminders of family, friends, or important moments. This week, […]


Alabama Chanin has always aimed to make products that will last a lifetime – even multiple lifetimes. We create things that are both beautiful and durable and we embrace the ideas of Slow Design. But, once upon a time, Slow Design did not exist as a theory or a process; rather, it was simply how […]

THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 7.21.2014 – 7.25.2014

“Savor the ritual of the table. Mealtime is a time for empathy and generosity, a time to nourish and communicate.” —Alice Waters, The Art of Simple Food Here is what we have going on at The Factory this week, Monday, July 21 – Friday, July 25: STORE Enjoy our newly updated retail space, view our […]

THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 7.14.2014 – 7.18.2014

The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who’ll get me a book I ain’t read. –Abraham Lincoln Here is what we have going on this week, Monday, July 14 – Friday, July 18: STORE Beginning Monday, we will highlight some of our favorite books and other summer […]

THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 7.7.2014 – 7.11.2014

“Once you have eaten—shared food with a person, there’s a deep psychological system that means, you know, we are like family.” –Jonathan Haidt, On Being Here is what we have going on this week, Monday, July 7 – Friday, July 11: STORE Visit us this week for the launch of The Factory Sale. We will […]

THE FACTORY | THIS WEEK 6.30.2014 – 7.4.2014

“We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.” —William Faulkner The Factory will be closed Friday, July 4th, that our staff can observe Independence Day. (Please note, CSA boxes will be available for pick-up at Jack-o-Lantern Farm on Saturday morning.) Here is what we have going on this week, […]


This month, we launched our “Friends of the Café” Dinner Series with James Beard award-winning chef Chris Hastings. When searching for like-minded chefs and restaurants to collaborate with for our ongoing chef series in the café, Chris was one of the first people who came to mind. His dedication to locally-sourced ingredients is something we […]


Nothing tastes like summer quite like a fresh, home-grown tomato. In fact, I embark on a tomato sandwich diet each summer. While I’m still patiently waiting for my own garden plants to get ripe enough for picking, I’m enjoying the vegetables from my CSA share each week (and of course, our locally-sourced café ingredients). Good […]