Every Community Is Full Of Awesome People
We’ve talked about getting to know your local farmers in order to buy quality, less expensive produce. This is a good beginning for teaching yourself to focus on buying local. There is another component of buying local that should not be over looked, and that is, it creates community. Well connected communities make better decisions because they know and care about each other on a personal level. The easiest way to start doing this is to begin connecting more personally with people you already see but don’t know well, as you go about your daily rounds. Here’s an example of how much fun community connections can be:
Most people get their hair cut from the same person on a regular basis
Have you gotten to know your hair stylist? If not, that’s a shame! No telling the gifts lurking inside that creative person justing waiting to be recognized. Our stylist, Shari Jones, is a perfect example.
Monica and I live about an hour apart, when we get together to write posts for Here Is What Ya Do, I spend a night or two at Monica’s and take time to see other family members, go out to dinner together and as it turns book double hair appointments with Shari at Pazzaz Salon And Beauty Supply.
Now, since we’re out having a break from blogging, and we know that Shari is fun, getting our hair cut sometimes turns into a mini party. We started booking the last appointments of the day. We often have a glass of wine, chat about the latest ridiculousness in our lives, our favorite activities, like gardening and cooking, and since we live in Southern Oregon wine country, wine tasting!
Shari happened to mentioned that her son-in-law is farm manager at one of her favorite wineries, Kriselle Cellars, and invited us to go with her to Kriselle’s tasting room. We hadn’t been! What fun! Of course we would! And we invited Serena, Monica’s daughter and also a client of Shari’s to go with us. Even more fun!
We had a great time tasting wine and talking..PICKLES!
Shari’s a great gardener and cook and makes absolutely the best dill pickles we’ve ever tasted!
And she gave us the recipe! It’s the one we use, with her permission, in our pickle post. Serena also loves to garden and cook. After discussing pickle making during wine tasting, Serena decided she wanted to join in by making a batch of Shari’s Dills. The pictures in our pickle post are of Serena’s first time out making pickles and they were delicious!
There was no way to guess that hair cuts could turn into wine tasting and pickle making, ya just have to take a chance. We bet there are those in your daily rounds you could connect with, so start making it a habit! It will enrich your life and strengthen your community.