The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Letters to the Editor

July 7, 2013

Letters to the Editor 7/7/13



Diane Lehr

Spirit of Athens

Fresh produce easy to find

Dear Editor:

I am very grateful for many things that I have as a citizen living in Athens and Limestone County. We are so fortunate to have access to an abundance of fresh produce in our immediate community.

Isom’s Orchard has served up enough fresh fruits and vegetables to fill anyone’s pantry for more years than I have been a citizen in Alabama (which is 28 years). They are reliable to offer the best local and regional produce found anywhere. They work their farm stand on Highway 72, in rain or shine, for long hours, and for many months out of the year. There are many other farm stands within a ten-mile radius of anywhere in Athens.

Recently, the County Commission made the Farmers Market in downtown Athens a true farmer friendly venue all throughout the week. At the support of the city of Athens, the downtown revitalization nonprofit, known as Spirit of Athens, took on yet another project, and they now offer the four hour Saturday Market.

This market provides fresh produce from local and regional farmers, interesting ready made fare from local folks like goat cheese, clover coffee, fresh flowers, and crafts. It’s very pleasant to listen to the live music as you browse the veggies and gather with friends. The Saturday Market is a fun venue.

With all these options, I feel blessed to live in such a great little community, and I intend to keep my letter and my attitude positive and encouraging of the many volunteers who work so hard improving the community with organizations like Spirit of Athens. I am a local volunteer myself, and I know the commitment and effort that goes into working to improve the place where we live.

I also wish to recognize the many established farm stand businesses we have here, that regularly and reliably provide our community with great produce seven days a week for many months out of the year. Please support our local farmers.

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