I like to note the firsts of things weather related. The rest of our market season outlook somewhat depends on weather, too – whether market patrons are fair-weather customers or are they dedicated like a mail-carrier, willing to go out in ice, rain, snow, or freezes.
This morning was our first frost of the season. I didn’t get a picture of the actual frost, since the only patch I saw was on the 4-wheeler seat. But it still counts as the first recorded frost of 2017 here at Wild Ozark.
It’s supposed to be quite chilly this weekend for market. Although we’ll be under a roof, I’m a little worried about how the glue will hold up on the Acorn Folk at 40*F or lower.
We shall see.
If you are up to braving the cold and possible snow flurries (is that still in the forecast?), come out to the Downtown Rogers Farmers Market. It’s the last saturday of summer hours. I’ll be there from 8 to 1.
Next weekend it shifts to winter hours and I’ll be there from 10-2 on Saturdays through November. If there aren’t enough shoppers to make it worth the drive to get there, end of November will mark the end of market season for Wild Ozark. We’ll return in May with the warmer weather.
Please note that there are two Rogers farmer’s markets. The one where we vend is at 100 E. Cherry Street in the old downtown district.
You’ll always be able to mail order most of the items we create, though. I’ll be working on adding more to the Etsy shop, but the herbal things like Amazing Sting Oil and ointments will only be sold through our online shop and the LocalHarvest.com shop when I get that set up.
The Burnt Kettle Shagbark Hickory Syrup will be available for mail order as soon as our certification goes through, and we’re working on that now. Hopefully before Thanksgiving, and certainly with hope before Christmas.
I can also meet in the Kingston Town Square to fill any crafty orders over $50. For orders under that amount, we can coordinate a meet-up on a day that I’ll already need to go out, if you like.
Predator and Prey, or the hunter and the hunted is a common theme throughout my fiction writing. No Qualms, one of my short stories (free at most retailers) is about about a predator/prey relationship. Symbiosis, my first finished novel, deals with predator/prey relationships and the balance of energy among life on earth, sometimes symbolic and often outright. Many of my flash fiction stories (I have twitterfiction and 100-word flash stories) are also dealing with this same dynamic. This is a strong theme that runs through most of my fiction and is strongly influenced by life in the wild Ozarks where we live. My first published novel, First Hunt, also has a predator and prey theme to it. I guess it's just part of my nature.
Wild Ozark is 160 acres of beautiful wild Ozark mountains. I call what I do "nature farming" because the land produces, all by itself, the shagbark hickory trees, ferns, moss, ground-fall botanicals, and the perfect habitats for growing and stewarding American ginseng. I'm co-creating with Nature - all of the things I use to make the Fairy Gardens and Forest Folk, the bark we harvest for Burnt Kettle's shagbark hickory syrup, are produced by nature without my input. This land is my muse for inspiration when it comes to my writing, drawing, and photography. It's truly a Nature Farm.
About the voice behind this blog, Madison Woods
I'm a creative old soul living way off the beaten path with my husband in the wild Ozark Mountains. Besides homesteading, growing plants & making crafty things and newsletters, I write books and stories. My rural fantasy fiction, written under the pen name, Ima Erthwitch, usually takes place in a much altered Ozarks.