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, August 20, 2013

The Apple Does Not Fall Far From the Tree

There's a saying that "the apple does not fall far from the tree". This is true for me, Kerry, and Ava.
When Kerry was young she loved to be cooking. If she wasn't in the kitchen helping me, she was pretend cooking. One of her favorite things to do was to pretend that long pine cones were hotdogs that she "grilled" on the porch steps' side supports.
Ava also loves to be cooking, and if she doesn't have a kitchen, no problem because she, too, will conjure up pretend cooking stations.
On Sunday, Ava got to cook for real.  I took Ida Red apples, Red Bartlett pears and the fixin's to teach her how to make a fruit crisp.
As you can see in these pictures, Ava is serious when she cooks and always dons her chef's hat and apron  that was custom made for her by yours truly :)
Marcheta *now I'll "make like a tree, and leave" (anyone having "Back to the Future flashbacks? LOL)

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