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Last Farmer’s Market Of Season Is Saturday

By Alexe van Beuren

Four out of five Americans say they’d like to live the small-town life. I can see why. It’s a great thing to know your neighbors, to feel comfortable and understood in the place you live– and to be able to ask for favors.

Last Thursday, I was asked to give a minute-long spiel on the Farmers’ Market Fiesta we’re having this weekend (more on that in a minute) by the Garden Talk show on 105.5. It was a last-minute request I was all too happy to say yes to – except for my daughter! She’s close to nine months old now and loud with it. I could just picture her noise drowning out my words.

So I popped the baby in her stroller, moseyed on down to Turnage’s, and sure enough, Bobby and the folks who work there said they could watch Annaliese for me while I spoke on the radio. Since I don’t have family in town, I’ve occasionally had to ask neighbors, friends, and now the drugstore to watch the baby for a half-hour or so, and never has someone said no.

If that’s not an advertisement for small-town living, I don’t know what is.

Getting back to the Farmer’s Market Fiesta – this coming Saturday, the 27th, is the last market for 2008. We wanted to go out with a bang, and so we’re going to have a record number of vendors there, just about everyone you’ve seen all season. Come stock your pantries with honey, Delta Grind products, and more.

After you’ve finished shopping, stick around and enjoy some potluck dishes (you’re welcome to bring one, or not!) and listen to the old-timey bluegrass played by Doug and Rhonda Webb of Fiddlin’ Rooster Farm. It should be fun– 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, just like usual.

Also, we’re having the homecoming pep rally for the Blue Devils on Thursday the 25th, downtown at 6 p.m. We had a great turn-out for the last one, so let’s do it again! Kim Jones, who plans these things, tells me that Thursday is “Nerd Day” at WVHS so keep an eye out for our “Parade of Nerds.”

Just to let y’all know, I found out last week that Chamber will once again be hosting Music in the Park– Saturdays October 11th, 18th, and 25th.

Farmers Market, football, and downtown music… something for everyone and a lot of good times.

Lastly, I want to thank everyone who took the time to clip out the Consumer Survey from the paper and send it in. We had over twenty responses – thank you and the Herald for helping us!

If you forgot, we’re still polling people from now until mid-October. Go to and after you answer the question of the week, click on “Take our Consumer Survey.” We’d appreciate it.

Have a great week in the Valley – and see you at the pep rally and the market!

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