Who We Are

The past few years, the area where I live, Crawford County, Ohio, has seen a wonderful explosion of younger families who are embracing the joys and challenges of living off the land. Because of them, amazing things are happening which have been embraced by our community. Farmer’s markets have been created and on-farm stores have opened. Families dedicated to growing organic produce and naturally raised meats are meeting the public’s needs for locally raised foods. And at the heart of this movement are the women.

Ohio Country Journal is my attempt to share the essence of farm life, focusing on, but not limited to, women. My goal is to bring you into our circle of friendship by inviting you to share your stories and experiences with us. You don’t have to be a full time country woman to benefit from joining us; you just have to be you.

The full-time country women featured in Ohio Country Journal are an inspiration to anyone who dares to follow her dreams, whether it is to live in the country or to bring the country life-style to their urban neighborhoods.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Could Chuck and Would Chuck Wood


Today is cold, but sunny. I needed to do an errand in Mt. Vernon and asked Jim to come along to have lunch at SouthSide Diner; a fun, 1950’s style eatery. He agreed because he wanted to stop at one of the Amish sawmills along the way to get a truckload of wood.


On the drive to Mt. Vernon we stopped at Owl Creek Auction, which is a huge auction started by The Ohio State Dept. of Agriculture and mostly has Amish and Mennonite vendors.  When I think of full-time country women, naturally Amish and Mennonite women come to my mind. It seems as if they do it all; from helping with farm chores, keeping large gardens to feed their large families, tending animals, hanging their wash to ‘freeze dry’ on cold days, sewing, cooking, and much more.  The auction was full of these women’s labors; homemade noodles, eggs, and baked goods. The men were there to sell their hay and straw. Even though it was wicked cold out, the auction had a festive atmosphere. But we did not need hay or straw or eggs or noodles. We needed sewing machine bobbins for my new Janome sewing machine that we bought from a dealership which was the reason for going to Mt. Vernon, and slab wood for our wood furnace, so after a quick look around, we headed out again.


An added bonus was that I found a few scenes along the way to photograph. I just love being out and about with a camera because it makes each day seem like a mini adventure. One just never knows what is waiting to be recorded in pixels :)

“They” say that an even more wicked cold front is coming our way, with temps predicted to go into single digits. Jim and I filled the back of our truck with enough wood to last about 2 weeks, all for $20.00. Not too shabby, but I have to tell you, chuckin’ wood is not the easiest thing in the world to do, but it got us outside in fresh air and was good exercise. I wouldn’t want to do it all day, though…just sayin’.

Now that we are home with wood and bobbins, I can stay in a cozy warm house during the cold snap and sew away to my heart’s content. Now that’s something that I could do all day….just sayin’. J

Marcheta *Chuckle, Chuckle


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