I love seeing how our local farmers markets have grown over the years, from offering food not only for the body, but for the mind and spirit as well.
One of my favorite additions is the book swap sponsored by the Lilburn Woman’s Club at the Lilburn Farmers Market.
“The program started as part of the Little Free Library movement, but due to the generous donations of the community, visitors are invited to browse the books available and find something to read. If you can, return the book or bring in books you have collecting dust on the shelf, great. If this is a one-time visit, we encourage you to take home a book anyway,” coordinator Trish Biemiller said. “LWC is focused on promoting reading for adults and children alike.”
As an added perk, visitors can feed into lively discussions as books are shared and swapped.
On Aug. 23, Clicks and Sticks Knitting Guild will showcase their skills and service. Not only do they knit for the needy and teach knitting at the Centerville Community Center, but they also support other groups in their efforts to make every scrap “good to the very last drop.” Kathy Malanoski, a founding member, shared an email with me from a lady involved with donating “leftover” yarn to a local retirement community.
“There is one lady in particular who is a retired teacher from Chicago. She has no family here and really no money left over during the month for yarn. I have given a lot to her, and am happy to say she has used every scrap of it. She only does the knit stitch and only knits scarves. When her daughter comes to visit she takes them back to Chicago. They donate them to schools there who distribute them to underprivileged students.”
Malanoski continued: “It really is amazing to see that what we do in Gwinnett County can have an impact on students in Chicago.”
Clicks and Sticks also supports a local organization called re:loom. According to their website, re:loom employs and empowers homeless and low-income individuals through weaving beautifully designed products out of upcycled materials. Proceeds support weavers’ salaries and the Initiative for Affordable Housing to reduce homelessness in Atlanta.
re:loom will take yarn scraps, worn out sheets, torn and stained clothing, ribbon, neon safety vests and even plastic bags. All they ask is that all castoffs be clean. Their weavers take this mishmash of material and creatively re-loom it into colorful doormats, hammocks and other marketable items which you can view — and purchase — at http://reloom.org.
Clicks and Sticks welcomes you to bring donations to their booth on Aug. 23 and to visit www.clicksandsticks.com.
And I know Mandy McManus at the Lilburn Farmers Market welcomes any ideas you can cook up to help them serve the community.
Susan Larson is a writer from Lilburn. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.