“A smile is a sign of joy. A hug is a sign of love. A laugh is a sign of happiness, and having a friend like me….. Well, that’s just a sign of your good judgment!” Author Unknown. This quote is meant to be taken “tongue and cheek” and I just couldn’t resist sharing it. Sitting around the table with old and new friends this weekend I literally counted my blessings in each person there. Our little Farmers Market has evolved and changed over the last four years, but one thing has remained constant and that is the love we share with each other. What we lovingly refer to as our market family has grown and includes so many of you. The market family includes those of you who came and shopped in the market, were vendors, farmers, patrons of the cafe, supported an event or fundraiser and even those of you who have offered words of encouragement or support. So as summer comes to an end, here’s to the nights that turned into mornings, with friends that turned into family.

“Love is in the air” at the retreat. Our week included Honeymoon guests and Anniversary guests. Our Honeymooners took some time to watch the solar eclipse with us. We enjoyed the visit sitting by the creek with our cereal box viewers. Our anniversary guests celebrated eighteen years together and seemed to enjoy the quiet serenity of our little retreat. As I sit here writing this column for the week I looked out the window to see two of our cats, Mr. and Mrs. Grey, cleaning each other on the side porch. Now if that’s not love, I’m not sure what is?

So speaking of love, I ran across this quote some time ago and since there is so much love going around this week now might be the best time and the last thought I’ll leave you with this week. “In the quiet moments of your life you learn to love yourself. The more you love yourself, the more love you can give to others,” Kim Bayne. Spread the love!

If you have a heart warming story to share, would like to visit the retreat, need a hug, want to book a stay, volunteer to help, or make a donation to our mission of addressing Senior Hunger, call 501-253-4716, 501-757-2750, email grandmayogi7@yahoo.com, text or message me on Facebook through The Dirty Farmers Community Market page.