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Bring Back the Tithe Barn

In colonial America, as in Europe at the time, the tithe barn was a prominent landmark in rural villages. Tithe barns were used by local churches to store the tithe of farm produce from the rural parishioners and was latter distributed to the needy or sold to pay bills. Rural churches should give serious consideration to bring back the tithe barn.

Farmers Markets

In the Northwest where I live, we are coming to the end of the harvest season and likewise, the season for farmer’s markets. Looking back on the summer, a few things about farmer’s markets remain fresh in my memory and give me much to look forward to next spring.

A view from the inside of the local farm cartel

Ok that’s more than a little sensational. What I am referring to is more like a local farm network. Last week a friend sent me an email that a local family had peaches for sale. It was not just your average deal on peaches it was 50lbs of peaches for $20 to $22 dollars depending on the variety. What a deal! That’s 30 cents a pound. Of course my wife and I had to employ some basic food preserving skills.