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.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

40 Days and 40 Nights....

At least, that is the way that it feels around here. Another torrential storm hit last night. Unlike the other storms that blew through, this one was too winded out to move very fast. This meant that it hung over us for what seemed like forever, pitching out a lightening strike or two once in a while just to remind us who is boss.

I had planned to spend the morning getting apples ready for today's farmer's market. Instead, I spent it in town taking pictures and talking to people for the Galion Inquirer. By the time I arrived on different scenes, danger had passed but there was still plenty of high water and interesting things to observe and take pictures of. For instance, water was bubbling out of manholes, reminding us that there is an underground water system as well as the visible creeks and rivers.

The market does not start until 4 p.m., so I still have plenty of time to prepare for it. I am hoping that the new onslaught of rain predicted will hold off until after the market. Market growers have been working hard, and the public is more than ready to be eating fresh and local.

Marcheta *fingers crossed

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