There are tons of things in life that can hold us back from doing what we want to do, or even are called to do. Fear is probably the biggest one.
"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself - nameless, unreasoning, unjustified, terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance."
---- FDR - First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1933
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."
When we set out on this journey, we never expected to receive the incredible support that we have received. Admittedly, the idea was first and foremost to do something meaningful with the old Farm Bureau building. (I've always had a funny thing for old buildings. They seem to have personalities of their own.) However, this wasn't possible several years ago. The building wasn't for sale, really; and we weren't ready for the undertaking personally. In many ways, we could say we still aren't!
Our faithful readers, supporters and customers have shared some of our struggles on this project. But, now we want to share our success as if unfolds. We purposefully did not name the Market after ourselves. We hope that it will be a place that the community truly feels like it owns. No one gets to where they are on their own. Not a single one of us! We must never forget that.
Will we meet the KickStarter goal? Only the next 11 days will tell. If we do, we owe all the gratitude to the many supporters who have faithfully backed the project. Of course, I'd be remiss to not post the link so here it is.
If we don't meet the goal, well... let's just say we'll cross that bridge together too.
The past 20 days of this pledge drive has been unbelievably crazy. 16 hour days have been the norm. Tweeting, Facebooking, blogging, emailing, phone calls - you name it, we've tried it. We've reached out to at least one celebrity chef, and still have hopes that he'll pick up the story; countless newspapers, TV, radio and magazines. We're grateful for WSIG and Flavor Magazine for their support, as well as Shentel, the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival, and Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms. But it really has been the support of YOU that has inspired us most.
As I write, we need only 600 $25 pledges to fulfill our goal. (Of course, several large pledges would be welcome too.)
As of 2006, there were 40,000 people in Shenandoah County, the primary county that the Market will serve. If only half gave $1 to the project, we would far surpass the goal. To date, we have had pledges from as close as in town, and as far as Switzerland! (Too bad it wasn't a Swiss bank account!) ;-)
Is it all about the money? Hardly. The $25,000 will basically get us "in the door" and set us on the path of success. How we get from here to there will be ongoing hard work of meeting our local customers' demands, tons of sweat equity, and perhaps a bit of good business along the way. Again, we couldn't/can't/will not be able to do it without you.
If you have already pledged, we cannot thank you enough. Of course, I'd be remiss to not post the link so here it is. The rest is going to have to come from those who have not heard about the project yet, or those who are waiting to pledge. So, please continue to spread the word.
We are committed to seeing this through. And through the vast amounts of pledges, many anonymous, we have seen that the community is committed too.
For now, we'll leave you with the following quote by Margaret Meade: