We had a fun day on Saturday! Two members of our community, Jason Connor and George Greenwell, with their committee of dedicated workers, planned and orchestrated a Farm to Table Dinner & Farm Tour. I had heard earlier they had printed 60 tickets and all were sold.
The evening included tours of 4 local gardens/food producers. Our first stop, after meeting at Harlan Hall so we could drive in a caravan to the rest of the stops, was at the L & A Family Farms near Paris. There we toured their poultry operation and natural foods garden. Next we stopped at the Davidson Gardens in Marshall to see the beautiful flower gardens of Lisa Davidson. She explained how many of the flowers and objects in her gardens came from her mother and grandmother. Next was Johnson Branch Produce near Martinsville where we toured the Clouds' organic garden. The tour ended at Buck Valley Wildlife where Jack Crumrin explained how he became interested in raising elk because of the quality of their meat. We saw some of his elk herd and were amazed at the size of this buck.
Later we enjoyed a delicious dinner of elk burgers, and other wonderful delights prepared from local produce in the Crumrin's new conference facility built on the site. After dinner we were entertained by the Yellow Hammer Bluegrass Gospel Band. It was a very special day.
A big THANK YOU to Jason & George and the rest who made it happen!
p.s. At every stop we were reminded of how desperately everyone needs rain. Each of the owners of the gardens apologized because their plants were not it top shape but very thirsty. We still have received no rain and there is none in the forecast for the next 10 days. Temperatures are forecast in the 90's most of those 10 days, with Thursday & Friday predicted to reach 101 degrees. Unless we have an intervention from the Lord, I don't see how we will have any crops in this area this year. I overheard one of the participants on the tour, who is a farmer, say they are considering disking up some of their early planted corn because it has already tasseled but there are no ears on the stalk to pollinate.
Please continue to pray for our community.