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.
Saturday, July 20, 2013
A Day Away
Despite rain/heavy rain/threats of rain/more rain, and so forth, I headed out this morning for Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge on Lake Erie.
Since Bucyrus was on the way, I stopped in at Lil' Farmers Market to get some snacks to take with me. The hardy vendors were set up even though it was raining at a pretty good clip, and was even thundering when it was set up time. Now THAT'S dedication!!
From one vendor I bought apple bread that was made using our apples. I love this sort of local connection. Another vendor friend of mine looked at the Doppler weather map, which showed that the rain was moving out and wasn't in the area I was headed to at all, boosting my confidence. I bought a huge oatmeal raisin cookie from him and was on my way.
My goal at Ottawa was to get nature pictures for upcoming contests. I took a lot of pictures, that's for sure. If any of them are contest quality remains to be seen, as I have just barely looked at them after downloading to the computer. The main thing is that I had fun, and saw a lot of beautiful Ohio countryside during the 2 hour trip.
It feels good to break out of routine and go someplace new. It is like having a mini adventure, and I plan to have as many as I can!