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.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

An Open Thank-you Note to Galion KFC and Bucyrus Sears

Many farmers' markets fail. Success depends on many factors: the dedication of vendors to show up every week to build consumer confidence; a community that wants fresh, locally grown food and is willing to fit the market hours into their shopping habits and schedules; support of local media; and a fantastic location.

Many farmers' markets are given space for free by local businesses. And many of these local businesses are actually national chains owned and/or managed by local business people. I find this to be a wonderful balance of goods and services for our communities.   

In our area, two national franchise chains support our efforts to have farmers' markets. In Bucyrus, Sears allows Lil' Farmers' Market to set up in their parking lot on Saturday mornings. In Galion, KFC supports NorthSide Farmers Market by providing both the large grassy area in front of the store for vendors plus their large parking lot for customers.

It is heartening to know that the franchise owners of these corporate businesses realize the value of supporting the 'little guy'. I am grateful to them, but do they know it?

Probably not.

So, here's an idea....if you shop at a farmers' market that is supported by a business, how about taking time to pop in the front door to say 'thank you', or if you have time, send them a thank-you note? After all, the owners and managers of these places are people, too. And who doesn't appreciate a pat on the back once in a while instead of the usual complaints? 

I know I do!

Thank you, Galion KFC :)
Thank you, Bucyrus Sears :)
We could not have our markets without you!

Marcheta *Grateful 
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