By Paula Walter
The Johnson County Farmer’s Market opened this past weekend as vendors and shoppers alike welcomed the start of the new season. The market not only provides a venue to purchase homegrown and homemade items, but it is a social event as people mingle about and get to know one another.
Nine vendors, up from the seven on opening day last year, were ready with fresh spring vegetables, homemade cupcakes and a selection of hand crafted items, local eggs and beef. According to Robert Back, market manager, the farmer’s market will begin to pick up in the next two to three weeks as produce begins to come in. “I know it will pick up,” he said.” It’s always slow at first.” Last year, there were on average 19 vendors a week and Back is already getting lots of interest. In addition to managing the Johnson County Farmers Market, Back runs Mountain Angel Farm and raises turkey, chicken, goats and ducks that are then processed for consumption. He will also have both duck and chicken eggs for sale. More...
Chuck Walsh, local author of Shadows on Iron Mountain,’ holds book signing at library
By Paula Walter
Chuck Walsh, who has deep family ties to Johnson County, recently held a book signing at the Johnson County library to promote his second book, “Shadows on Iron Mountain.” Readers will find themselves recognizing places within the county as he weaves his story and gives a vivid description of the mountain ranges, the people and the communities in this mystery thriller.
Walsh’s parents grew up in the Pandora area of Johnson County and his family first settled here in the late 1600s. His father’s family has had property in these mountains for close to 200 years. “Its beauty made a lasting impact,” Walsh said. His writing and the characters he developed are a reflection of those stories passed along throughout the generations. According to Walsh, he drew upon the stories of the hermit, Nick Grindstaff, and recollections of walking on family property on Iron Mountain all the while fearfully wondering who may be lurking in the shadows. It was these memories, these stories handed down through out the years that brought the people in his book to life. In “Shadows on Iron Mountain,” one of his characters is a guide who plays as integral role in the story line. Her personality was created with Walsh’s aunt, Ann Greer, in mind. “I believe he gave me more authority than I should have had,” Greer said with a broad smile. More...