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Come celebrate the Summer Harvest and support a phenomenal and important cause! Sunday, August 20th from 4-6pm we will be closing Frita Batidos and making a giant, world class feast in support of our dear friend, Farmer Melvin Parson, and the world class urban farm he is building in Ypsi – growing bountiful produce, community and jobs for formerly incarcerated individuals – We will be roasting a side of Black Oak Farms Pork – Accompainied with spicy greens straight from Wtpga – Mexico City Corn – Buttermilk Biscuits – Tropical Slaw – Tres Leches with MI Summer Fruit and even FRITA MOONSHINE! How can you turn that down?!
Please help us support Farmer Parson and you will leave w/a full belly and stockpile of GREAT Karma ♥ $35 per person – $10 for kids and Pick up orders (AKA Feast To Go) #youcantbelievethedifferencethisguyismaking #dreambigorgohome #teamworkmakesthedreamwork #farmtotableforreal #wtpga #frita #fritafeastsarethebestfeats
What a beautiful day!!☀️
And made even more so by Denae Friedheim coming down to see WTPGA Farm. Denae runs the MSU Student Organic Farm program and also…well I can’t say enough about her! She’s amazing and I’m sure everyone that knows her feels the same. Thank you Denae!❤️
My friends Jae Gerhart and Maren Spolum stopped by (more to see Denae and less to help me🙂) However, Jae being the farmer that she is…couldn’t help but to help us (as did Denae) harvest loads of red onions!❤️…”us” being me, Alice Lesemann-Elliott and her mom and Seema Jolly! Thanks everyone!…We got the job done!👍🏾
Spinach will now take there place!🙂
Later in the day I dropped in on Zingermans 35th annual Street Fair! Holy cow!…what a great event coupled with good weather, good food and good people! Happy to run into some favorite folks of mine including Matt Statman, Anna Byberg, Charles E. Coleman, Ross Zini, Dave Homyak just to name a few!❤️
And of course I hung around Ari & Tammie Gilfoyle as much as I could! 🙂❤️
All in all…today was a good day and I hope yours was too!❤️
Emanuel Tyus and myself harvested 50lbs of Kale today! It was Emanuel’s very first time harvesting food and I must say he did a great job! Thanks Emanuel! Good job sir!…I see farming in your future!🙂👨🏽🌾. While harvesting Sarah Teare, Community Dir for Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley stopped by so that we can begin ironing a collaborative project where they will work with WTPGA to build a tool shed as a result of a generous donation by the Ann Arbor Awesome Foundation!❤️
We then delivered this delicious Kale to one of our valued buyers, Zingerman’s Roadhouse where Emanuel met Marcy Harris and a couple other wonderful folks that are part of the “Zing Family”. After we left Emanuel says to me, “Thank you for that experience”.
And while we were there we were met by a journalist/interviewer from WEMU radio, Ms Lisa Berry. Lisa interviewed both Emanuel and myself and I believe We the People Growers Association will be a feature piece written by by her coming up soon!🙂👍🏾. Lisa came back out to the farm to finish our interview and to take a look-see.
Later I stopped by i got a call from a lady I’d given some collard greens to for her and her husband to try out…well she called me to thank me and tell me how wonderful they were and that her husband says they were the best collard greens he’s ever eaten!!!👍🏾….now by both of these wonderful folks having Tennessee roots, that speaks volumes!!!🙂. And since I had to still harvest some collard greens to drop off at another valued buyer, Miss Kim. I told her that I would bring her and her husband some more along with some scallions and onions.🙂❤️…I hope they enjoy them!👨🏾🌾
And even later in the evening I met up with Alex Goldsmith, owner of Wild Thing Accounting & Tax and Advisory Team member of WTPGA so that we could go and look at potential future homes for WTPGA. In our travels we stop and spoke with several residents in the Sugarbrook community asking them how they felt about a World Class URBAN farm being built in their neighborhood…all responses were positive and I got a pleasant surprise in our travels when I knocked on the door of a home and the person who answered was a friend & former classmate of mine who happens to be doing really great work for the Washtenaw County Sheriffs Office Street Outreach program… Julia Hordge!!! Julia is a new homer owner AND she has a garden which she was proud to show us!🙂👍🏾. Thanks Julia and thanks for your support and willingness to help in any way possible to move WTPGA forward.❤️
Well I’ll sign off here. Thanks everyone for being part of this amazing journey. Hope your day was as good as mine!❤️