• 82°

Front Porch Farm Stand yields food, flowers and fellowship for neighbors

MADISON – A Madison newcomer, Lindsey Boothe conceptualized the Front Porch Farm Stand as a gathering place for people and provisions.

“I thought the stand would be a great way to meet my neighbors and be a win-win for all of us,” Boothe said.

“I started with ‘rules’ of the ‘Little Free Library’ stands but wanted it more personal. I realized not everyone gardens, but everyone has something to offer,” Boothe said. “As long as it’s something you’d find at a typical farm stand, you’re welcome to bring it by.”

“The concept of the front porch started in the South to escape the summer heat. It became an architectural movement all over the country due to strong communities that stemmed from front porch visits,” Boothe said.

However, Americans have lost that way of life “with our increasingly busy schedules and obsession with technology. I’m hoping to simply bring that back,” Boothe said. A farm stand also can reduce wasted food by sharing with others.

Boothe recommends sharing jellies and jams, eggs, teas, herbs, cookies, pastries and plants. Her farm stand has a recipe box for card swaps, along with Mason jars with water for cut flowers. Neighbors can leave helpful supplies for gardeners, like empty jars or egg cartons.

“I’ll put something special out every ‘Farm Stand Friday,’” she said. People have no limits on how much to take, but stands operate best when people take only as much as they give.

A stand works on the honor system. “There will always be miscreants, but the good always prevails,” Boothe said. “(Usually), we’re talking ‘small tomatoes’ here. If someone takes all of those, I assume they have food insecurity. With produce, we’re hoping for a quick turnaround anyways to prevent waste.”

Feedback about the Front Porch Farm Stand has been totally positive. “I’ve had lovely cottage floral arrangements, fresh tomatoes, artisan teas and many other things. I’ve received lots of messages of support. I’m hoping those turn into additional stands,” Boothe said.

Her husband Brandon works as engineer. Lindsey owns Alabama Treenware and cares for their two youngsters. “My husband is the most supportive person of all of my ‘antics,’” Lindsey said. “Our little guys love to help me carry things out and see what people leave.”

Her stand is open 24/7, but she does prefer daytime visits.

Anyone interested in building a farm stand can attend a workshop at Burritt Folk School on Sept. 18 with Boothe and local pyrography artist Lauren Concepcion. Students will assemble their own stand and create a wood-burned sign. For more information, visit burrittonthemountain.com/burritt-folk-school.

For more information, email alabamatreenware@gmail.com or visit alabamatreenware.com/front-porch-farm-stand, Facebook/Alabama Treenware or Instagram: @alabamatreenware.

Madison

Chess league honors Epling as ‘Coach of the Year’

Harvest

Luna Koi to bring its vibe to ‘Sounds of Summer’

Bob Jones High School

Seeing students as rewards, Word selected Midtown’s ‘Teacher of the Year’

Huntsville

Pre-K Center selects Parameswaran as top teacher

Discovery Middle School

Robotics team, Say Watt!?!, takes FIRST LEGO awards in California

Harvest

TARCOG lands $1.5-million grant from EPA for cleanup

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Mental Skills Coach Assists Team To National Championship Game- Roger Kitchen Builds Character

Bob Jones High School

Journey welcomes Ben Smith as Assistant Principal, Athletic Director

Madison

Chandrakasem, Koswoski excel in DAR essay contests

Harvest

American Legion, VFW to retire flags on Flag Day

Madison

Stundtner proves skills as Midtown’s ‘Staff Member of the Year’

James Clemens High School

Guo, Mysore, Saha dominate awards at regional, state science fairs

Harvest

Madison Hospital names Brandon Jones ‘Employee of the Year’

Bob Jones High School

MCS to present ‘Youth Mental Health First Aid’ sessions

Digital Version

Digital version of The Madison Record – June 12, 2024

Events

Annual Juneteenth Festival returns to Big Spring Park Saturday

Bob Jones High School

Braden Booth Named Mr. Baseball, Super All-State, Class 7A All-State

Harvest

Low-key races (on foot and couch) pivotal for Rotary’s ‘Parrots 0.5K’

Bob Jones High School

Mill Creek names Deberry as outstanding staff employee

Bob Jones High School

Madison Public Library readies for Summer Reading experience

James Clemens High School

Moore honored as ‘Staff Member of the Year’ at James Clemens

Harvest

Madison City Community Orchestra to honor D-Day’s 80th anniversary

Digital Version

Digital version of The Madison Record – June 5, 2024

Madison

Rotary Club awards city employees Hall, Overman and Watson

x