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Athens, Ohio, farmer's market


We are now the official owners of a tract of bare land outside Athens, Ohio! Our closing was Thursday, and we went up Monday to start getting a bunch of balls rolling. Enter a mass of gut-wrenching and expensive problems that made me doubt the entire endeavor and ask Mark if I could just crawl under a rock and live there instead. (For the record, he said, "No.")

Gluten-free baked goods

In need of a quick emotional fix, Mark and I headed straight to the farmer's market on Wednesday morning. Wow! All doubts were laid to rest at this midweek gathering (about a third the size of the main one on Saturday morning)...although part of my mood lift might have been due to that excellent gluten-free brownie.

Green Edge Gardens

But it wasn't just the brownie that floated my boat. I'm so impressed by the town's commitment to locally-grown food, which varied from fresh ginger and oyster mushrooms grown by the certified organic Green Edge Gardens...

Farmer's market fruit multiple orchards with dozens of fruit varieties I haven't even tasted yet.

Pretty pies

I'm really looking forward to being part of a community that puts such a value on high-quality produce. A wise person once said that all boats are safe until they leave the harbor...but if you never leave the harbor what's the point of being a boat? Despite some squalls, I'm starting to get my sea legs under me as we continue to navigate our transition.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Something is butterfly-like about once farmers finding a great farmer's market.
Comment by Maggie Mon Sep 18 08:38:21 2017
Congratulations Anna and Mark! Moving is always stressfull, so wishing you patience and optimism through the process. I think you are going to love your new home, and land!
Comment by Maggie Turner Mon Sep 18 08:57:09 2017
Congrats on the fresh start. Looking forward to vicariously living your new adventure.
Comment by Drew Mon Sep 18 13:24:50 2017

If there is demand for local and artisanal products it could create opportunities for you two to market homestead products at a price that makes the labour worthwhile. As a vendor at a farmers market, I am rewarded for my efforts by customers who appreciate local and organic veggies. Also, I am changing my name to "Chris from Canada" to avoid any confusion with the other Chris who comments here.

Comment by Chris from Canada Mon Sep 18 16:48:46 2017
Smick markets. Lucky, you two! :)
Comment by Chris Tue Sep 19 00:56:34 2017

You know I just have to ask "what were the expensive problems?"

Nice farmer's market for so late in the year.

Comment by Eric Tue Sep 19 06:03:03 2017

Thank you, everyone, for your congratulations!

Eric --- We ran into some very pricey car trouble that had been quite literally coming to a head over the last month or so. At least there was no accident involved anywhere except in our wallet.... :-)

Comment by anna Tue Sep 19 14:20:35 2017

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