First Lady Dianne Bentley is a supporter of Farmer's Markets and local farmers across the state of Alabama. Not only does she support them but she and Governor Robert Bentley could join them. Every year, the Bentley's plant a garden of their own and although they are in a different location this year, it was not going to stop them.
The Governor and First Lady have their own garden to tend to at the Mansion. They planted corn, tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, watermelon, and a few surprise plants just for fun. The tomatoes have been the most successful this season and there are always more to be picked each evening. Jim Smith, the Mansion's chef, has gotten creative with different tomato recipes to ensure that no food is going to waste.
The Governor and First Lady said that they will continue to have a garden each year because not only do they enjoy having fresh food, grown in Alabama, but it also saves money. Both have their own opinions of what else should be planted next year but it will be next season before anything is decided on.