Miracle of Holler Fest

It was Friday morning, August 22, and Holler Fest would begin in a few hours. I had lots to d0 - I had more things to do than I even knew I had to do! I was up at the barn "doing" - focused, intent, and looking down at the task at hand. Something made me look up.

The barn overlooks the garden, and as I straightened up and looked out, I caught a glimpse of the new lettuce patch. This is the patch that we seeded weeks ago in order to have a fall crop. We planted it in our best ground, watered diligently, and waited...and waited. This year's drought seemed too much for us, and we had all but given up the possibility that those tender seedlings could or would even want to germinate into the relentless sun and heat that has characterized the summer of '08. Daily we would check for seedling emergence and daily we saw only dirt. Maybe they knew best.

But my glance toward the garden that busy morning caught a faint glimmer of green coming from the lettuce patch. I stopped, looked harder, and saw the rows just emerging - pale hues of light and darker greens. No, it hadn't rained. No, we hadn't even watered the night before. It was just time, and a good time it was.

As Holler Fest got under way, folks started coming, and they kept coming all weekend. They came to sing, to eat, to play, to walk, to camp, to simply breathe. They came to help. They came to be part of something bigger than the King family putting on a music festival. They came because it was just time, and a good time it was.

If you were there, thanks for coming! If you missed it, join us next year!(www.hollerfest.com) And come by the stall in three weeks or so for some fresh, tender and very special lettuce!


  1. It was a wonderful evening (we went on Friday). Thank you for putting this together for the community :)

  2. When I woke up during the night because I was cold I shut the window and worried about your garden.
    I didn't have to worry about mine because I didn't get it together to replant greens even though I did buy material to protect them against frost! I had dreams of picking greens for Thanksgiving dinner.
    You folks work so hard and your little seedlings know that you will protect them. When I saw them yesterday they were not so little anymore. Thank goodness you have the wisdom and energy to supply me with what I need. Thankyou.


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