“A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing and the lawn mower is broken,” inspirational quotes. Memorial Day weekend officially launched summer vacation time. Sean and I took some time away from the lawn mower, which thankfully isn’t broken but we weren’t using, and jumped in the creek. A little cool, but refreshing, is the best way to describe our creek experience. Our grandchildren enjoyed their first few days of summer floating and swimming in Pee Dee creek, playing and hanging out at the retreat.

When we aren’t “up the creek” we are chopping up trees that have fallen due to heavy recent rains, planting flowers, tending the garden beds and caring for guests and visitors. One night we we enjoying a movie on the screened in porch when Pepe Le Pew paid us a visit and ran us all inside. As the popular Looney tunes character would say, “Ahh….L’Amour.” I say, “Not!”

We had a very enjoyable visit to The Bucket List for breakfast with friends and family and in celebration of the markets four year anniversary we ended the week with a potluck event at the retreat. Old friends, new friends and family gathered to celebrate our ongoing success of serving our community. “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” Robert Louis Stevenson. Over the last four years we have planted many seeds. Seeds of friendship, seeds of giving, seeds of sharing. A seed is only a seed until you plant it in fertile soil, water it, feed it and let it bask in the sun.

Being a part of this organization requires love, nurturing, and always an open mind. Even in the most trying of times Sean and I are grateful and happy with the path we have chosen. We’ve never been a traditional Farmer’s Market but rather we’ve always been a market family. To our market family, each and every one of you who have or are a part of the market, visited our Main Street location or here at the retreat, made a contribution, helped with a fundraiser, read this column or shown us support in any way through thoughts, prayers, or volunteered, thank you. Thank you for being a part of our family. Thank you for the wonderful memories we cherish. We look forward to many more years together basking in the sun. We know not where our path may lead us, but together we can accomplish great things. Happy Anniversary market family!

If you have a heart warming story about giving to tell please share it with me so that others can read about it in this column. Call, 501-253-4716, 501-757-2750, email grandmayogi7@yahoo.com, text or message me on Facebook through The Dirty Farmers Community Market page.