To celebrate the soon-to-be-released novel, Flowers from Afghanistan, I’m giving away a Green Beans Chai Lovers Gift Basket. Part of the magic of a novel for me is incorporating actual places and businesses in the story, as I’m able. Writing Flowers from Afghanistan, I felt as if I were sitting at the table outside Green Beans Coffee with Mac, Glenn, and Gul Hadi. The mountains towered in the distance. The smells of diesel fuel from MRAPs competed with the warm, homey aroma of fresh coffee. I was happy to include Green Beans in my novel because the real Green Beans does something pretty awesome. They have a program titled “Cup of Joe for a Joe.” For $2.50 you can send a cup of coffee to a service member serving overseas. 15 minutes of home, is what they call it. That’s something I can get behind. Please sign up for my newsletter and a chance to win this gift basket. You’ll receive a newsletter four times a year, with updates on my latest project and special trivia and a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to complete a novel.
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What’s it like to be Mary Frances Brosemer of Brosemer Farm?
Q. How did you get into the farming business?
A. I was raised on a farm and lived in seven states all over the country. I decided to raise flowers. I’ve always had a flower and vegetable garden. I couldn’t imagine working in a cubicle. We also have bee hives.
Q. How many hives do you have?
Q. Is it difficult to raise bees?
A. Half the bees in the country have died off. I think it’s due to pesticides.
Q. What aspect of your job brings you the most joy?
A. I like to see customers enjoy the flowers and appreciate their beauty. It makes the hard work worthwhile.
Q. What aspect of your job brings you the most frustration?
A. The weather. Also, when you have people who are supposed to show up for work, and they don’t.
Q. If you had a superpower what would it be?
A. To be perpetually young.
Q. What is your favorite motto or quote?
A. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.
Q. What is your favorite book or movie?
A. I like Homer Hickam’s, The Keeper’s Son. Homer sent letters to two of my grandsons in Atlanta when they became Eagle Scouts, so I appreciated that.
Suzy Parish: Bailey Cove Market is bustling. People come to sample and purchase locally grown produce and home-baked goods.
Mary Frances Brosemer distributes more than flowers and honey. Her superpower, perpetually young, is evident in the way she greets customers at her flower booth. Mary Frances hands out compassion with each bouquet. She focuses on every person as if they were the only individual at the market. Her warm personality matches the bright shades of flowers that nod in the breeze at her sale table. If you are not able to attend the farmers market, you can make your purchases directly from Brosemer Farm at their open house. Brosemer Farm holds an open house the first Sunday in October.
3008 Winchester Road
Huntsville, AL 35810
The Bailey Cove Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday through September except for Saturdays on the July 4th and Labor Day weekends. We will have fruits and vegetables of all kinds, all grown and supplied by North Alabama and southern Tennessee farmers, plus artisan bread, jams, jellies, etc. as well as eggs, meat, flowers, and plants. If you would like more information, please contact us at BCFarmersmarket@gmail.com. We have a no-pet policy in the vendor area.
DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. – This year marks 30 years for the world’s longest yard sale. It stretches 690 miles through six states: Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and of course, Alabama. Those participating in The Longest Yard Sale prepare the entire year. “You know everybody’s got their own thing. Whether it be old antiques to new city…
She came across an article about the Little Free Library in the Oprah Magazine. Being an avid reader she went up to her mom saying “Can we also start one?” At 13 where most kids are busy with their friends, gadgets, this girl choose to share her collection of books with the others. She had everything set in her mind in terms of the design. Lets hear from this teen Kiara Rohit Roy, who has set up Mumbai’s 1st Little Free Library on 19th June 2016. Register today at https://in.explara.com/e/expresso or call 9820845436Mu
Greetings from Little Free Library #36424 in Huntsville, Alabama, USA! It’s so nice to see you doing this for your community!