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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 13, 2013


This week I've been flooded in more ways than one. First by torrential rain and then with ideas on how to increase market sales. Here's what went on....

The July 9th flood has kept me busy, not only at our place but also by taking pictures and writing a story about it for the Galion Inquirer. The timing of such things is never good, but it made this week especially challenging for me because our Lodi and Yellow Transparent apples are ready to harvest. I set up at two farmers markets; NorthSide Farmers Market in Galion and Lil' Farmers Market in Bucyrus.

Above is one of 13 pictures that I tool for the paper. It was taken this morning, 3 days after the flood. You can see that the waters cut a river through a field that ran from one road, on the north, clear to the next road south. During the highest water level, the water crossed the road and continued on through the next field.

For tomorrow's market in Bucyrus, I baked 8 pot-pie sized apple crisps. This is a test to see if people will buy them, and how many I should plan on making if they do. I have mixed feelings about it; on the one hand, it would be great to have people love my food enough to buy it and will increase my market sales (of which I am planning ways to double the amount that we sold last year..no small feat for sure!); on the other hand, peeling that many apples is very time consuming and tiresome. If the idea works out, I will definitely have to adjust my time management in order to get everything done that needs taken care of before a market. But, as they say..."nothing ventured, nothing gained". I won't know if I'll be bringing crisps home with me or if the crowd will gobble them up. Either way, tomorrow is going to be an interesting day. And at least we can now safely drive around in our county again.

Marcheta *flood gates open and going with the flow

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