The other evening, we were out, and when we came back there was a present waiting for us. A farm friend from down south in the land of Greenwood Arkansas swung by, waited, and left leaving a very nice present.
Thank you David for the home-made soap and the home grow loofah! Are you trying to tell us something? For any of you locals, David’s wife makes and sells home-made soaps at Ozark Natural Foods here in Fayetteville. Her brand is called “Dixie Flower Soaps” They are exceptionally delightful, for we have received some of them before. So be sure to check out her products on the shelves.
What’s here? Where? The frost dear reader, the pre-cursor to the dead of winter, it has finally made its frosty disposition known last night. From an unknown source (weather.com), it said that it was only going to dip down to 36°F last night. However, it dipped a few degrees lower than that. Paul went out and cut basil by the bunches before it turned black. We also built a fire. At first it seemed a bit of a stretch at 8pm to be building a fire, but by 6:30 this morning it made sense. Brrrrr! I asked Pat, one of the Missouri angles less you forget how he slept in the RV. He said it was pretty cold. Jake was unavailable for questioning, for he just got a job in the produce section of Ozark Natural Foods, who by the way just installed 20 solar panels!
WE are finally up on the “Wall of Fame” in the produce section of Ozark Natural Foods! Pauline Thissen, produce manager and neighbor, has been an advocate for bringing local foods to your table Fayetteville. I think the pictures on the wall are a great visual to help connect the buyer of the produce with a face. The farm names are posted by the local products that they have provided. Now shoppers, you can look up at our pretty faces as well. Also, check us out in the latest issue of The Nutshell, the CO-OP’s bi-monthly newsletter, where it talks about the farm, however my name is not mentioned (ahem) as one of the farmers (ahem)…but I guess that’s what this blog is for.
There we are! One big happy family, staring down at you while you shop!
Ozark Natural Foods, our local food CO-OP, sent out some representatives to take our picture to put above the produce section, along with other local farms and farmers who sell to their store. Store Produce Manager, Pauline Thissen, has been a pioneer in publicising the importance of local foods to the area and is a steadfast supporter to many local farms. It’s been a long time coming to get this picture taken, but it finally happened and should be up in the store by next week.
Something tells me Isaac had the camera, but I’m not so sure.
We’re all starting to congregate in front of the hoop house.
(L-R)Jake”Snake”Jones, David Dallago, Marine Champion, Patrick Jones, Paul Chapracki, Amanda Wunderlich; (Front) Jonathan “Disco” Bame, Isaac Chapracki (in lap), Oliver Chapracki (with fist raised), Pauline Thissen, and Laura (I don’t know her last name, she’s our latest WWOOF’er from Missouri.)
Things were starting to get a little out of hand.
I’m sure Paul took this picture. He really wanted them to get some “Depth of feild” and gaze into the hoop house for the shot.
This shot is definitely one of Isaac’s. He is notorious for butt shots.
He also took this picture of Marine.
It was so hot this particular morning, we were all a little batty.
We all had a great time though.
Up with the sun, and we got more accomplished before 9:30am than most. Early this morning, Paul went up to Lowell Arkansas with a new farm friend Butch Wilson, to pick up a bee hive. Butch and his wife came to the Slow Foods potluck held here about a month ago and noticed that there was a hive at the back of the farm. Since he and his wife grow a garden, he said that he couldn’t support what we were doing in that way, but would like to help out in another way. So, Butch and his wife purchased a bee hive for us, to help pollinate the crops. Thank you Butch, and your wife, I feel bad that I don’t know her name, for your generous contribution! Also, a few representatives from the CO-OP, Ozark Natural Foods came by to take our picture to go up on the wall in the produce section of the store, and interview us for their newsletter, or possibly their blog? I’m not sure, I was in and out of the conversation, but we were interviewed about the operation. Lastly, about 20 highschool/college engineering students came out for a tour of the farm. Paul and Jonathan took them around, and with their enthusiasm, I’m sure these folks were wowed. Then it was lunch time.