The Making Of Gretchen on WALB at Okra Paradise Farms 2014-04-02

Ever wonder what goes into the few seconds of video you see on TV news? As I promised reporter Colter Anstaetts when he interviewed Gretchen for WALB TV Friday May 2nd about Valdosta Farm Days (coming up again this Saturday 9AM to 1PM at the historic Lowndes County Courthouse in Valdosta), here’s The Making Of…, including birds singing, dogs rolling in the grass, Brown Dog frolicking and bouncing across, Yellow Dog prancing, red potatoes, and red, white, and blue corn at Okra Paradise Farms.

300x225 WALB report and camera, Gretchen and LAKE camera, in Valdosta Farm Days â??Gretchen on WALB, by John S. Quarterman, for Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE), 2 May 2014 You can see both the WALB TV camera and the LAKE video camera in this picture.

After some initial discussion about where we were and what was growing, Gretchen showed Colter Anstaetts a red potato in the ground.

300x225 Potato under here, in Valdosta Farm Days â??Gretchen on WALB, by John S. Quarterman, for Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE), 2 May 2014 See the red potato in the ground, in Valdosta Farm Days â??Gretchen on WALB, by John S. Quarterman, for Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE), 2 May 2014

Every TV interview starts with the interviewee having to spell their name. Then the reporter asked questions at much greater length than what you see on TV. Plus he had his camera zoomed in on Gretchen, as you can see in the picture below from the WALB article, so he didn’t even see the dogs strolling across.

I’m definitely looking forward to Valdosta Farm Days. It’s an excellent opportunity for farmers not only to sell, but for local people to get local fresh foods. And when we buy from local farmers, we support the local economy.

The reporter asked if it was just big farmers; he’d heard that from Jake Price, Lowndes County Extension Agent. Gretchen volunteers at the Lowndes County Extension office.

It’s an excellent opportunity for farms of all sizes. Jake is right though. Big commercial farmers have commercial outlets and lots of them aren’t growing vegetables for commercial sale. So it is small farmers.

And the thing that’s really great about it is it’s downtown Valdosta and people can get local food available to them, fresh.

He asked if it’s every year.

Oh, we have it every year. It starts on the first weekend in May. We’re on the first and third Saturdays. It goes through October. And this is our third year.

Gretchen modestly didn’t mention that she played a role in making Valdosta Farm Days hapen by helping get cats and dogs to play together at the Lowndes County Commission and the Valdosta City Council.

WALB reporter Colter Anstaetts asked how many people show up at Valdosta Farm Days. Gretchen answered as Brown Dog bounced across.

Lots of people still don’t know about it, so I’m really glad you’re telling them about it. But we do have lots of repeat customers. People who like our products and come back year after year.

He wanted to know what folks look forward to. She replied as Yellow Dog pranced across.

Well, I look forward to getting things that I don’t grow myself. So not only am I selling things that other people don’t sell, but I can then buy from other people and get things that I don’t grow.

He asked about all the recent rain.

The rain doesn’t really have too much impact on it. If it doesn’t rain then we have to water. If it’s raining, that’s good for us. We’re right on track right now. We planted on time. We had some warm days after we planted. So we’re right on track.

He asked what other things?

People should come on down. Even if it’s raining, we’ll be there, so come on down.

Gretchen also showed the reporter red, white, and blue corn and how to shell corn while checking every ear for quality.

Here’s a video playlist:

The Making of Gretchen on WALB about Valdosta Farm Days
WALB reporter Colter Anstaetts at Okra Paradise Farms, Lowndes County, Georgia, 2 May 2014
Videos and pictures by John S. Quarterman for Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE)