Too many people around here act as if the economy imploded suddenly just before last year's election, or they seem to believe that the meltdown was caused by/is exacerbated by the current crop of elected officials in our Nation's or our State's capitals. And they want instant fixes of problems that have been building up for years. As a news junky, I've been watching the crisis as it was born, incubated and then erupted, and I understand there are no instant fixes.
I've recently learned about one family that has been in the midst of the fray for a long time. Jim Crosby and his sister Linette Crosby were gobsmacked two years ago by an unregulated and out-of-control huge financial corporation. Follow the link above to read about the historic Crosby Mint Farm's two-year struggle to keep history alive, bring a valuable product (the finest, pure peppermint oil and spearmint oil, not to mention pure mint honey) to a market which is growing, and keep the family farm alive and growing for the current and future generations.
http://www.crosbymintfarm.com encapsulates a story heard at farms across the nation; Peppermint Jim can tell his story better than I can. But the purpose of this post is not only to urge all of my readers to Get Mint, but also to remind you to think about the wonders of a family farm, or almost 100 years of history that might be connected to it. If you are in a spending mood, take a minute to think about family businesses ... from the local auto dealer to the third generation farm family to the mother-daughter hairdressing team downtown ... in your neighborhood or community.
So, take a minute ... if there is an orchard or produce farm a mile from your regular supermarket, drive out of your way for once and buy the peaches fresh from the trees. Take your kids to the neighborhood salon for back-to-school cuts, rather than a mad dash at the chain salon in the malls. You can believe that if you've experienced a drop in income (or increase in your ARM mortgage payments), your local business person (and local farm business) has been hit twice as hard.