It's Autumn. I'm Greg Martin with today's Line On Agriculture.
A quick check of the calendar and a peek outside assures us that fall is here and Hank Will, editor of Grit magazine says their latest issue is chock full of all sorts of fall articles.
WILL: This issue is again full of all kinds of interesting things. We've got 13 tips for successful beekeeping which focuses on bee hives and we've got a do-it-yourself cheese press for people who want to make some harder cheeses. We've also got some recipes for making cheese at home. Secrets to the best Thanksgiving dinner ever. A nice piece on heritage turkey's so that if you want to look for something a little bit different to put on your holiday table, something other than the standard bronze or white broad-breasted turkeys so we can help you out there.
Fall is a time where people seem to be slowing down and Will says it's a time to celebrate.
WILL: I think fall is really a time of taking stock. It's a time of celebrating bounty if in fact you pulled off a garden yourself and if you didn't I think a lot of folks are starting to think about the possibilities for next year. You see all the harvest activities that are going on and at least in most rural areas if the harvest is even remotely average folks are in a good mood and you put all that together and people are then looking for ways to tap into it more directly maybe next year.
We seem to be seeing more and more that people are looking for and returning to older time values.
WILL: I really do think that's the case in part to articles I see in newspapers and magazines and just in talking with folks I think it's hard to shed sort of the consumerism treadmill that a lot of folks have found themselves on. But with some of the sort of abrupt changes that have happened in the last couple of years economy-wise I think that it really has caused people to just stop and think about do you have to have the latest and the greatest to enjoy life
Even though they are a magazine about simpler times and ways of doing things Grit has kept up with the times though when it comes to their website.
WILL: We actually do publish our entire issue on the website shortly after it starts arriving in people's mailboxes. But we also have a community of bloggers of folks that are actually doing the things that we're writing about including us. But it's a great way for us to increase the scope if you will and the breadth I think of our network of community. We kind of look at our entire operation at Grit as a community building operation.
That's today's Line On Agriculture. I'm Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network.