Editorial: Three cheers

Aug. 01, 2014 @ 07:54 PM

Tomatoes for the needy

As we reported this week, Isaac Adams raises tomatoes in his garden to give to the Sevier County Food Ministries. He calls on others to do the same.

When he began doing this about 10 years ago, he knew nothing about gardening. He told us he received a sign from God and knew: he needed to raise a garden.

This year he grew 57 tomatoes; his all-time yearly high is 165. He encourages other gardeners to plant just one extra row of produce to donate.

Adams is not alone in his service. Many people have helped him as his garden has grown over the years. This help includes donations, discounts on supplies and gardening advice.

A few years ago, Adams was diagnosed with skin cancer, and he had to adjust how much he worked outside. But he never gave up.

He is humble, giving all credit to God and those who have helped him along the way.

His continued service is admirable, and given that the number of people being served by the food ministry rises all the time, it is necessary.

Let’s hope other people follow his example.


The gift of school supplies

Another school year is almost on us, and a number of businesses and agencies are working to make sure classrooms are well stocked with the little items students need but sometimes don’t have.

Sometimes kids forget their school supplies. Sometimes parents just don’t have the money to buy them.

So it’s heartening to know there are local folks looking to help fill that gap.

Wal-Mart started a “Stuff the Bus” campaign this weekend, giving people enjoying the sales tax holiday a chance to buy and donate supplies that will go to Sevier County Schools.

Hard Rock Cafe and Kiwanis are joining the Boys & Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains to collect supplies that will be used for students at Jones Cove Elementary and the Boys & Girls Club.

In Seymour, Reformata Baptist Church will give away school supplies Aug. 8-10, noon-2 p.m.

And the Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau is taking donations for its School Supply Closet, to benefit Pi Beta Phi Elementary School and Gatlinburg-Pittman High School.

No child should miss out on a day’s schooling for the lack of the right supplies, and we shouldn’t expect teachers to shoulder that burden, either.

We’re glad to see local groups stepping up to see that doesn’t happen, and we think Sevier County residents will help out.


Celebrate Farmers Market Week

National Farmers Market Week is Aug. 4-10, and it’s a fine opportunity to visit one of our local markets.

They include the Gatlinburg Farmers Market (Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-noon, Arts and Crafts Community, 849 Glades Road) and the Seymour Farmers Market (Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon, First Baptist Church).

We’re at the height of the growing season, and there’s no better place than a farmers market for buying all those tomatoes and cucumbers. But there’s more to farmers markets than sumptuous produce. They’re a great example of the local food movement in action.

More and more people are realizing that food is hardly ever fresher than when it is handed to you by the producer who grew it. And that the environment and the local economy benefit when food doesn’t travel very far from the farm to your salad bowl.

See you at the market.