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.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Back to the Future Hamburger Joint

 Ohio has a lot of major cities, especially for a small state. And that's a good thing because it makes going to smaller towns and villages even more refreshing.

Canfield is located near Youngstown. While passing through, my friend Diane and I found this unique hamburger place. 

Sure, lots of independently owned restaurants are decorated in a mid-century modern style. I think that J.R. Grinder is tops. But what makes it even more fun is that it is owned by a Greek family. For sure, as in the 50's style a whole lot of (milk) shakin' was going on (along with burger and fries), but dishes like hummus held their own, too.

This is what I like about getting off the Interstate once in a while...finding a cool place to eat and rest, where the local people are willing to have conversation. Eating at J.R. Grinder was FUN! And, really, isn't that what stopping to eat should be about? 

It is nice to know that, so far, America isn't just a nation of chain stores but is still the land of opportunity for people to design their own businesses.

Marcheta *time warped

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