Allen L. Beeler, Union County farmer, worked with members of Broadacres Community Association this summer to sell produce on Saturdays at the neighborhood pool.
He wrote: “Thank you my wonderful Broadacres friends. Outreach Farm to Table has been a success in so many ways. I am achieving my mission of getting fresh produce directly to consumers. I have had fun. Our reviews have been good. I have made lots of new friends. And finally, I believe the community wants us to come back. This has been a win, win.
“I will be back next spring. I would enjoy a few early markets. I can bring my flowers from my nursery in mid-April. Perhaps, I can do a strawberry and Grainger County Tomato early market, but we can work those details out later.”
Allen thanked Margaret Massey-Cox and Jerry Sluder – his Broadacres connection. And he said the idea came to him as many ideas do – while riding on his mower.
“God Bless Everyone, have a wonderful fall and a great winter. I will see you in the spring.”
I’ve known Allen since he was a wisp of a boy, teaching swimming at the North Side Y. You’ve heard of the self-made man. That’s Allen. Except he’s still a work in progress.