Faces of Farmers Markets

It’s not just the farmers who connect us to the land. It’s their stories, shared with generations, that show us the importance of sustainable farms in our own communities. It’s also the ones who tell their stories and unite producers and consumers, helping them learn about their food and the faces behind it. Farmers Markets…

Who is Oconee Joe?

The bright green shoots of early spring fill the trees around with the promise of sunshine and warmth. Winter, as mild as it has been, is finished. The days are longer, the birds are chirping, and the river is flowing. The current of the Oconee River as it rolls by is inviting. In our piedmont…

chef driven | driven chef – reimagining rural farm-to-fork

Krista Williams bustles around the cramped kitchen, plating hand-rolled ravioli with tomato coulis. With nearly every turn, she bumps into someone; her sous chef, a runner, the pastry master with the cheesecake. But no one minds. They’re all friends and co-workers and all focused on the task at hand. The joking and laughing will resume…

Two-Pint Profile: Eric Dodd

Interesting questions for interesting people over a couple of pints. By Brewmaster Taylor Lamm, Oconee Brewing Co. What’s the first concert you ever attended? Counting Crows, Chastain park. Pretty good start, right? The Wallflowers opened. My brother took me and I remember Adam Duritz, the lead singer, was just walking through the crowd, hanging out….

The business of inspiring art

Ask almost any artist about their livelihood and they’ll likely tell you they love creating art, but hate the business side of things. But in recent years, many have found a business approach that works for them, whether it be an artist co-op arrangement through a local guild, or retail stores committed to selling only…

In the Garden: Butterflies & Blooms –

Grassroots group of volunteers create sanctuary for native pollinators in the heart of Eatonton Virginia Linch moves through the ranks of freshly-planted walkways like a gentle general, issuing tasks to the troops to help meet the day’s gardening goals. She’s got much to do, but doesn’t want to miss the chance to educate this writer…

In the Spirit: Pickle Juice Cocktails

Photography by Clay Kirkland/Wisecraft Mixology From a part-time hobby, to a way to make ends meet during the recession of 2008, to a full-blown pickling production, Phickles Pickles has truly transformed from their grassroots beginning to a thriving, independent business in Athens. Gone are the days Angie and Phin Tillman’s  friends and family left their…

Sweet Georgia Blues: Where to pick your own this season

Move over peaches and peanuts, Georgia’s got a new top crop. Stop by any of these local farms this season to pick your own and experience the fun of farm-fresh fruit. Note that it’s always best to call ahead to the following farms to check picking conditions and berry availability. Miller Blueberry Farm 1371 Union…

Behind the Brush: A reawakening –

Local artist, Linda Dudley, rediscovers a gift of pastels after 50 years. Never one to sit still, Linda Dudley’s husband, Bill, decided he wanted to try his hand at drawing a few years ago. After a life full of working and raising kids, the two had settled into retirement at Reynolds Lake Oconee, spending their…