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Thursday, April 7, 2011 Hosch to host town meetings $i]| tate e arry .osc, in t,e ,,o,-___ Hosch announced he is holding lowing communities Saturday, a series of town meetings across April9: District 14B. Hosch will hold sev- 10 a.m. Paynesville City Hall Small talk not always so small eral meetings to talk about the 221Washburne Ave. state budget and any other issues 12 p.m. Richmond City Hall, I am a small talker, nology. Let's not forget how David of public interest. 45 Hall Ave. My son christened me with the and Goliath turned out. David had "My number one priority in the * 2 p.m. Kimball City Hall, labelyesterday, a few smooth stones in his pocket. Legislature is to represent you," 1 Main St N. "Have you ever noticed you I have small talk. Hosch said. "These town meetings make chit chat with everyone you I hold onto certain old-fash- give you a chance to tell me about meet?" he asked. His words felt ioned beliefs that are hard to shake. those issues you care about." more like an accusation than a One is the inherent value of other question. "You're a small talker," he human beings. People function best said. when their routine involves human The Kimball Area Farmers' Market I knew he was right, interaction. Touch. Eye contact. I also knew my blithe banterConversation. We are not a spe- ... to be, or not to be? brings in variety. It also shares the Thank you to all of you who budget load for overhead. We can expressed interest in the farmers' expand to have events. To have a market at the recent Kimball Expo. successful market day takes ded- A special thank you to theKimball icated customers. Many Kim- Chamber of Commerce for sup- ball residents are thrilled to have porting us with a booth. As most a market in town and visit it reg- of you know the KAFM commit- ularly. Thank you. Other Kim- possesses a power and purpose cies that does well with isolation. unknown to non-small talkers. E-mall cant take the place of look- I believe we are in the middle of ing someone in the eye or touching a communication gap unlike any them on the shoulder. A text mes- other generation has experienced, sage can't replace small talk. Oh sure, we may be communicat- "Think it's going to rain today?" ing more than ever, but we are talk- "Did you get your hair cut? Looks ing less. In doing so, we are watch- nice." "Have you heard the news?" tee is run strictly by volunteers. Our committee consists of a direc- tor, treasurer, secretary, and three advisors, as well as people to set out the signs each week. No one is paid for their time except the ven- dors. The vendors pay a fee to be a part of the market. This fee goes to pay for things like insuring the site for liability which is close to $200, as well as licensing with the state of Minnesota, and advertising. Not to mention the days we would like to have someone there to play music or have an event. We try to keep our fee as low as possible so we look for any opportunity that is free. For vendors, paying their fee for the season shows their commit- ment to be there for the Kimball Community. They spend a lot of time and care creating/growing/ washing/harvesting/baking their products. As some of you know, this pays off with the best cara- mel rolls anywhere! As well as the awesome interesting fruits such as moon and stars watermelon. ball residents are thrilled to have ing, opposable thumbs poised for It doesn't need to be complicated. a market in town but have never action, a cultural shift in the very That's why they call it small talk. been there. This year, give it a try waywe connect and interact. Sometimes, though, the small- before it's gone. The newest and most pop- est things can be big. I tend to Why are we different from the ular methods for communica- believe human interaction is one Swapper's Meet? Because we have tion require no vocal skills. E-mall. of them. People are worth talking to be, because we want to be. We Social Networking. Texting. All to. Everyone you meet has a story. are part of the MN Farmers' Mar- require fingers, not voice boxes, to Most times all you have to do is ask. ket Association. They have cer- get the job done. So, I small talk my way through tain rules we need to fulfill. The Although I've learned to manip- life, at the grocery store, the library, Kimball Area Farmers' Market by- ulate my opposable thumbs as well doctor's office, school, restaurant laws state that all produce must as the next monkey, I still believe and super store. Wherever I go, I be grown within a 50-mile radius verbal communication is a worthy bring my small talk with me. of Kimball. It must be sold by the art, perhaps a dying one. To the idle observer, it may grower, or family of the grower. The other day, one of my teens seem like typical chit chat; to me That means you are getting the reported that a friend broke up with it is more. It is an attempt to save freshest produce, and reducing his girlfriend via text message. I our language from evolving from green house gases in transport, gasped in disbelief. My 13-year-old "laugh out loud" to LOL. An effort The produce is picked and washed questioned my reaction, to bring us back, even for just a that morning! Breads are started What s wrongwith breaking upmoment, to a time when terms early that dayI You are actually with someone in a text message?" like "multi-tasking" and "quality supporting a grower in your area, he asked. I wish I could sayit was an time" didn't exist, your friends were keeping revenue nearby. We do innocent question. Instead, I fear I smarter than your phone and peo- not allow retail sales. This is your am the one who is naive, pie sat around the kitchen table or chance to get to know the per- I'm part of the Brady Bunch gen- paused over the backyard fence to son producing your food. Know- eration. I remember when phones pass the morning, share gossip and ing that you are helping to support were tethered to the wall and you just stop for a spell to chat. the families in your community is had no choice but to take a call I am a small talker. I'm afraid a great feeling. Who knows better from your boyfriend in the kitchen we're a dying breed. I'm looking to Some people wait all winter with- how to prepare something than while your mom hovered nearby, change that - one conversation at out jam just to get chokejerry jam the person who grows it? You can You talked to him despite her pres- a time. next season. Could you ever go also put an order in for extra car- ence because talking was impor- Jill Pertler, award-winning syn- back to store-bought soap after amel rolls to pick up the next week tant. Perhaps we remember the dicated columnist and author of you've tried ours? They work hard for company. What a personal way past through rose-colored glasses, "The Do-It-Yourselfer's Guide to to bring a quality product to Kim- to shop. but I won't let the simplicities and Self-Syndication" is collecting fans ball, and are happy to be there. The St. Joe market was once complexities of normal conversa- on Facebook on her Slices of Life However, they must be able to get a little market on the grow just don go down without a fight,page. E-mail her at pertmn@qwest. paid for the work they've done. like us. Give us a try this year. We At first glance this appears to be net;, or visit her website at http:// This is where you get the conun- have a new location at the Kimball a David and Goliath battle: little old marketing-by-design.home.mchsi. drum of vendors and customers. United Methodist Church right me against the advances of tech- corn~. The vendors won't stay if it isn't across from the high school. We worth their time (i.e. fewcustom- will be ready to serve you Friday's ~Y00'D'[I~I~K/k /[ll/I~~J~l/ /iI Y00'l) (-~ ~-- ers). The customers aren't drawn 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. beginning June IDt).LD I! [ t/I/ Tfill ,,, to the market without variety. So 17. Committee director position [ gTAl41)OtlTIbl " ~ "~~F! ~!~-~__Vqr" |1~ what's a market to do? How this available. If you tell two friends ~~~~,~~~~~~-n~" ~k 2~ ]~- works is that when the vendors and they tell two and so on and so have a successful market, they on .... tell their friends to sell too. 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