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…

Color it bright

Madison and Greensboro reclaim their history with Chero-Cola, a company that gave Coca-Cola a run for its money in the 1920s – Driving through downtown Madison or visiting the Oconee Brewing Co., it’s not hard to miss the bright, new Chero-Cola signs that have reclaimed their spots on historic brick walls. Thanks to “Color the…

Salvaging history

– The renovation of Central of Georgia Depot encapsulates Madison’s post-war history – Scribbled faintly across an old freight scale in the historic Central of Georgia Depot is the name, Bill Peacock. It’s one of many faded names written across planks and walls inside the freight room of the depot, which was built in 1901….

Derby Day tradition

– Madison’s annual celebration races forward into lasting conservation – Written by Tia Lynn Ivey – Photographed by Josiah Connelly – Hailed as one of the top Derby Day celebrations in the nation, Madison’s annual celebration, which serves as the major fundraiser for the Madison-Morgan Conservancy, is raising the stakes this year. In lieu of…

Capturing the wild

– A profile in art of painter Mary Leslie Hartman – Written by Sarah Wibell – Photographed by Jesse Walker – The horses are beautiful and huge – much larger close up than you might expect from a distance. Their muscles are powerful and refined, and the life in their eyes makes you pause to…

Little Church, Big Heart

– Greene County’s oldest parish marks 150 years – Written by Suzie Hudson and Mimi Vickers – Photographed by Jesse Walker –   At the end of North Main Street, through the quaint downtown district of Greensboro, sits a little red church – unassuming, yet stunning. Small but mighty, its parishioners would say. The stalwart…

Empire Mills

– A Boho Chic affair at Madison’s newest event venue – Photographed by Brandy Angel – Tucked away on Pennington Road lies Madison’s newest special event venue, Empire Mills, a historical cotton oil mill that has been transformed into a wedding destination. Originally built in 1913 by the Empire Mills Cotton Company, the renovated space…

Stellar Brew

– Oconee Brewing Co. goes where no beer has gone before – Photographed by Blake Smith – On a chilly November morning, a small group of pioneers gathered at dawn in an open field near Lake Oconee. They were there to make history. As the sun rose, they released a high-altitude weather balloon that carried…