Support Your Local Farmers at Beechmont Open Air Market

LocalHarvest Newsletter, August 28, 2014

Welcome back to the LocalHarvest newsletter.

Someone once told me never to ask a farmer about their career choice in August. By this point in the summer, most produce farmers are tired, if not downright weary. Too much worry about weather and bugs and money for one summer. Too many 14 hour days in the heat. Too much uncertainty and guesswork. By the time they have to lift a few tons of melons out of a field in August, some farmers say, “Never again!”

At least quietly, to themselves. Luckily for us, most get rested enough over the winter to go back out and do it again.

Fall is the traditional time to give thanks for the year’s harvest, but it seems to me that we should also do so in the heat of summer. What better time than August to express appreciation to the people who produce summer’s bounty? Starting now.

To all the family farmers and all the farmworkers:

We are so lucky to get to eat the food you grow! Thank you for all the work that goes into it – the long days and endless tasks, the freezing hands and aching back. We appreciate your willingness to take risks and tolerate financial uncertainty. For your labor, skill and perseverance, we are grateful.

Most of all, thank you for the beautiful food. Eating it makes us feel healthy. We who have access to such magnificent produce are truly fortunate. We give thanks for the food, and for all the hands and hearts who nurture it from seed to table.

— With love from local farm fans everywhere

Hopefully our deep appreciation will give the farmers who receive it a measure of the sustenance their food brings to us. And later, with any luck, they can sit down and crack open one of those beautiful watermelons and enjoy it for themselves.

Until next time, take good care and eat well,

Erin Barnett

Worldfest is this weekend


WorldFest 2012-See the World Without Leaving Town!

WorldFest, one of the region’s largest international festivals, celebrates its 12th anniversary with four days of expanded world food, music, dance, culture and education this Labor Day weekend on Louisville’s Belvedere downtown.

Admission to WorldFest is free all four days of Labor Day weekend — Friday, Aug. 29, Saturday, Aug. 30, Sunday, Aug. 31 from 11am-11 pm & Monday, Sept. 1, 11am–7pm

Cities that embrace and encourage their international citizens and cultures will thrive, have a stronger quality of life and will attract new growth and jobs,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. “WorldFest is a great event for exploring and celebrating Louisville’s many faces and cultures and we always look to make it more vibrant, diverse and educational. So, it’s exciting to add many new features and attractions for the 12th Annual WorldFest.”

With at least 90 languages spoken in the Louisville public schools and 50 percent of the city’s population growth over the past 15 years coming from international residents, Louisville is more culturally diverse than ever before.

A World of Performances
WorldFest features more than 90 artists offering continuous music on three stages of local and international talent. Click here to download a printable entertainment schedule.

A World of Cuisine
At WorldFest you need to bring a healthy appetite! Guests can sample delicious, authentic food from nations around the world including Germany, Thailand, Jamaica, Ethiopia, and more!

Shop Around the World
Of course we don’t want you to leave empty handed, so after you taste the international cuisine, you could find that perfect gift for a special someone in one of the many craft booths selling handmade products with styles from Africa, Asia, Europe, and Central and South America.

The Parade of Cultures
Held annually on the second day of the festival the parade features local and regional residents in their native dress representing almost every culture in the world; music and performances from a variety of artists complement the experience.

The Naturalization Ceremony
Hundreds of people will take their U.S. oath of citizenship at a naturalization ceremony on Friday, August 29th at 11 am. The ceremony is coordinated by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services – Louisville and will be held at the Galt House Hotel.

Global Village
Global Village will showcase the culture and customs of more than 22 countries under one roof.

Kid’s World of Discovery
Children will be able to take part in free activities at WorldFest to make this great a event a learning experience on Saturday and Sunday from Noon until 6 pm. Check out the interactive children’s passport sponsored by Passport Health Plan.

Windows Workshop – Sept 13 Preservation Louisville

Windows Workshop – September 13
Where: Preservation Louisville
The Brennan House Historic Home
631 South 5th Street
Louisville, KY 40202

Saturday September 13, 2014
from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM EDT

Jack Patchin, owner of “Ol House Experts” has over 30 years in the construction/restoration field and has operated his own historic restoration business for over 10 years where he specifically consults and restores windows and shutters for homes that are 50 years and older. Jack also served 9 years on the maintenance crew for Taliesin Preservation, Inc. conducting maintenance and restoration work for buildings located on Frank Lloyd Wrights Wisconsin Estate, with a specialty of repairing on-site wooden details.

His current business focuses predominately on restoring historic wood windows and installing energy efficient, quality storm windows. He presents workshops and seminars for Indiana Landmarks, local preservation organizations, PTN, as well as at the community college level. He is a member of numerous organizations including National Trust for Historic Preservation, Preservation Trades Network, Indiana Landmarks and Cornerstone, Inc. He currently resides and conducts his business in historic Madison, Indiana – a National Historic Landmark District.

Do you have old wood windows in your home?

Are your old windows in need of repair?

Would you like to learn the most effective and cost efficient means of maintaining your old windows?

As we all know, maintaining and repairing the windows in our historic homes can be a challenge, but this introductory hands-on workshop will leave you with the fundamental knowledge necessary for planning your own restoration.
Window specialist Jack Patchin of Ol’ House Experts will detail the anatomy of an older window, common issues of disrepair that these structures face, and the supplies needed to tackle your biggest window problems.

Register Now!

Ol’ House Experts, based out of Madison Indiana, specializes in the restoration, repairs and wood windows of historic homes that are 50 years or older.

Workshops are $30, or $20 for Preservation Louisville members.
Class size is limited
Registration is required

In the workshop Jack will demonstrate the skills needed to repair historic wood windows, and guide participants in practicing those skills. Participants will learn:

How to use the basic tools to restore, repair, and maintain historic wood windows.
How to repair sashes with epoxy, repair the rope and weight system, and replace and glaze panes.

Preservation Louisville
If you have any questions about this or our other Hands On History workshops, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 502-540-5146 or at

Thornton’s on 3rd Street Proposes Remodel

Same Footprint but will change to look more like this .. newer more muted look.

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New Style Fence and Landscape

New Style Fence and Landscape

Dumpsters hidden behind fence

Dumpsters hidden behind fence

Pictures by Nancy Bowman-Denton, more updates to come

JOB FAIR – Aug. 25th


Beechmont Garden Club – Weeding at Iroquois Library

Did you ever wonder who takes care of the garden at the library? Here are the members of the Beechmont Garden Club, weeding and landscaping the Library grounds to get ready for the 75th Anniversary celebration on Saturday. They provided all of the plants and the mulch as well as doing the weeding

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The Beechmont Garden club has been in existence even longer than the library, it was organized in 1933 and federated in 1934.

The garden club has been landscaping the library for many years. They meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 10am usually in the library basement, but also have field trips, social events, and garden tours.
If you have an interest in gardening, you can contact President Janie Kanzler at 459-8894. You don’t have to live in the neighborhood to become a member. The Beechmont Garden Club is a member of the National Garden Club and the Garden Clubs of Kentucky.

Thanks to these folks for making our library look good for it’s big day on Saturday!

NEED HELP – Saturday Gazebo Cleanup


Pulling weeds and cleaning up around the gazebo in God-awful heat Saturday from 10:00-11:00 to clean it up for the Ironman. Need Volunteers to show up and help. It will count as time off your hours in Purgatory.