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October 9, 2013

Farm Crawl defies the rain


Pumpkin Patch with John and Joy Pierce provides all manner of gorgeous pumpkins and squash, but it’s also become known for its fine brisket sandwiches. And shiver my timbers, if they haven’t opened up Alfred Hitchcock’s notorious Bates Motel for Halloween!

Blue Gate Farm, where Sean Skean and Jill Beebout originally hatched the idea for the Farm Crawl, offered its rich produce, raw honey, chicken, and a sample of Peace Tree Brew. Sales were good there for Mary Parks, of Stillwater Fibers.

Warm wool hats and sweaters – from the wool of her own sheep – were very popular on this cold day. Mary worked at her spinning wheel, making yarn from her Angora rabbit’s generous supply.

Coyote Run, home to the famous mules of earlier stories, still provides a tasty Borscht soup, but Matt Russell, co-host with husband Patrick Standley, explained that their huge quantity of soup was exhausted; cold weather made people hungry for hot soup.

Brisk was the word for the Crawl over at Schneider’s Apple Orchard. Co-host Jane Schneider said, “I was dumbfounded at how many people came out in the rain!” At Jane and Arnie Schneider’s they not only got to eat pie ala mode, but could buy candy from Piper’s Store of Chariton, make rope with the rope maker, and get their faces painted by local FFA artists.

Over close to Lacona, Carol Oliver and Sharon Seuferer presented White Breast Pottery and Weaving. Their pottery comes out of the clay from their part of White Breast Creek. And Carol uses wheat, another farm product, to weave words of blessing on a decorative cloth. This year, the cold may have inspired sales of their well-shaped stone bread warmers. A hot stone to keep that basket of bread warm!

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