New “Counter Productive” episodes feature investigations of Ohio University’s odd fences, leaf problem

Junior Alexandra Greenberg is back with two new episodes of her hit web series, “Counter Productive.” The first installment — and the series’ namesake — showed the student on her mission to find Ohio University’s worst countertops. In her latest videos, she finds the weirdest fences and most annoying fallen leaves on Ohio University’s campus in Athens, Ohio. Watch and cherish these episodes, as they almost didn’t exist, and it’s unlikely a fourth installment will ever be filmed.

Counter Productive Episode 2: Offensive

Counter Productive Episode 3: Unbelievable 

 

Pumpkin shortage at Athens’ local farms

The Gold Family Farm, a local farm, nestled six miles southwest of Ohio University has been a hotspot for pumpkin picking in years past. But this year, the pumpkin pickings are slim.

In 1937, the parents of current owner, Julie Garner, started the farm, growing mostly produce and raising a small amount of cows, hogs and chickens. They harvested everything from hay to corn and tomatoes to peppers.

By 2005, Mr. Gold passed away and Garner and her husband moved back to their hometown and asked Mrs. Gold to take over the farm and name it in honor of their favorite man, Mr. Gold.

Since 2005, the couple has maintained great business at the farm, hosting a pick your own pumpkin patch and hay rides, as well as selling their produce. Unfortunately, over the past two years the harvest has failed to produce a substantial crop thanks to uncooperative weather.

Because of the lack of harvest, the farm has barely brought in any money and the pick your own pumpkin patch has been cancelled for the second year in a row, upsetting customers.

Five years ago, the Garner’s created a solution for mediocre harvests, a flea market, as a way to bring in people and money during the years that didn’t fare so well. In 2010, the farm hosted only 10 vendors, but this past weekend they had a remarkable 99 vendors set up selling natural foods, crafts and hand-made items.

Their Facebook page is filled with positive feedback and excitement about the flea market’s success. Despite overwhelming success with the flea market, it is still difficult for the farm to stay afloat.

Thank you to everyone who came out to our Flea Market this year. We appreciate your support. I wish to thank the vendors…

Posted by The Gold Family Farm on Sunday, October 18, 2015

“I think this will be the last year for the farm. We will probably keep a small garden but this year will be it for the farm,” Garner said.

Two years without a successful harvest put the Garner’s in a difficult position. But both agree that it is time to give the farming life a rest and move along and start pursuing other dreams and goals.

“It’s definitely bitter sweet. We are sad about it in a lot of ways. Sure we will miss it but we have other adventures,” Garner said.

Customers are also upset to see the traditional farm go.

“My organization has held a sisterhood event there and it was a great time! This year we couldn’t go because they had no pumpkins. It was a bummer,” Haley Stultz, a senior at Ohio University, said.

Treat Yo Self at the Athens Farmer’s Market

The push to support local products has greatly increased in recent years. With the growth of genetically modified foods, it has been more and more difficult to find fresh produce that has not been unnaturally altered in some way.

Fortunately, Athens has an answer to both of these dilemmas. Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Athens Farmer’s Market is open in the parking lot beside Texas Roadhouse on East State Street. Additionally, the Farmer’s Market is open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesdays from April through December and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays from May through September.

The Farmer’s Market is a delight in the fall. On a crisp Saturday morning in the autumn, what could be better than sampling and buying some great local foods? The market is brimming with all kinds of delectable fall eats: apple cider made with locally grown apples, squash, kettle corn, pumpkin pies and bread, maple walnut fudge, you name it.

I visited the Athens Farmer’s Market to talk to a few vendors about their bestselling fall items and why they chose this market as a venue for their products.

7 Essentials for your fall wardrobe

As cooler weather approaches, it is time to start packing away the thin fabrics of summer in exchange for warmer, cozier materials. Fall is a season with breezy days and chilly nights, and your wardrobe should reflect the changing temperatures. Luckily, Court Street boasts some wonderful shops that provide an array of clothing options to incorporate into the collegiate closet.

I stopped into The Other Place and found seasonal attire filling the store. Racks were full of comfy sweaters and shelves displayed stacks of leggings. From neck to toe, this boutique has you literally covered for the cooler weather.

Although you could fill your closet with hundreds of pieces of fall attire, it would be expensive and wasteful to do so. You can assemble many different autumn outfits using only a handful of versatile items. Grab these garbs from The Other Place the next time you are on Court Street.

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  1. The Basics

Layering is an essential practice in dressing during moody weather. It can be crisp during fall mornings, toasty by afternoon, and bone-chilling when the evening fades to darkness. Simple T-shirts and tank tops provide a base for autumn outfits, and The Other Place offers a multitude of colors.

Leggings are Pants

  1. Leggings are Pants

Don’t let anyone else tell you how to live your life. Leggings are comfortable and warm, and they can be dressed up or down. Not only can you buy different colors and patterns, but you can also buy fleece-lined leggings for those extra-chilly days.

Sweater Weather

  1. Sweater Weather

Fall wouldn’t be fall without sweaters. Cotton or wool, patterned or plain, neutral or colorful – every type is beautiful in its own way. This item is a necessity for an updated fall wardrobe.

Dress it Up

  1. Dress it Up

It may seem strange to wear a dress as the temperatures drop, but the versatility of a dress cannot be ignored. Keep warm by wearing leggings or tights and tall boots with a dress. Layer cardigans and jackets over the top for added style and comfort. The Other Place has a selection of sweater dresses also, which provide the warmth of a sweater in the form of a dress: a win-win situation.

These Boots Were Made for Walking

  1. These Boots Were Made for Walking

The hills of Athens require footwear that is suitable for hiking to class (or the bars). Stay stylish with comfortable and practical boots. Since a pair of boots is more of an investment than other pieces of fall attire, be sure to buy a pair that will match well with a majority of your wardrobe.

Top Coat

  1. Top Coat

After you layer on your tank tops, blouses, and cardigans, the crisp weather can still bite through to the bone. For the extra chilly days, top your outfit off with a warm jacket or cozy coat. My favorite right now is the parka style.

Scarf Season

  1. Scarf Season

Finish off any fall outfit with a scarf. You can bury your face in it when you are walking against the bitter wind, and easily remove it when you find refuge in an overheated academic building. Accessorizing with a scarf adds extra oomph to an outfit in a useful way.