Misty Meadows Farm

Ralph and Kathy Packard of Misty Meadows Farm are people I know from Dave’s Garden. They’re great people, salt of the earth. A few weeks back, their market truck caught fire and they lost thousands of dollars worth of meat and farm market equipment in addition to their truck. Thank God, Ralph was not injured. Their insurance won’t cover a penny of the loss – a scandal.


But people are stepping forward to help these good people and I want to do what I can to spread the word about that. Tonight there is a benefit concert scheduled by folks who know and love Ralph and Kathy. This article from the Louisville Eccentric Observer has the details:

Each year during the holiday season, some folks go out of their way to help those in need. Making sacrifices for the benefit of others is all well and good, of course, but every once in a while the opportunity also includes the chance of having a good time in the process.

Misty Meadows Farm is a locally owned and operated farm that produces free-range meats and eggs and naturally grown produce, then delivers the goods to local farmers’ markets. But their production recently suffered a huge unexpected blow in the form of a burning truck. The farm ultimately lost several thousand pounds of meat and vegetables and much of its equipment (tables, scales, etc.) when the truck transporting goods to a Bardstown Road market suddenly caught fire.

A group of Louisville musicians heard the bad news and set out to help the farmers in the best way a group of musicians knows in such circumstances: They’re putting on a benefit show.

Tomorrow night, Dec. 14, Brigid Kaelin, John Mann, Bootsie Anne, Tenia Sanders and others will combine their musical powers for the good of Misty Meadows Farm. The show at the Pour Haus starts at 9 p.m. and costs a modest $8. And if it’s not obvious by now, the proceeds will go to the good people there at the farm, who have an awful lot of equipment to replace.

“I haven’t played the Pour Haus, and I thought it would be a great benefit show,” said Kaelin, whose album, Keep Your Secrets, is now in its second pressing. She plans to start work on a follow-up after Christmas and says she has about five records’ worth of material.

If you consider yourself a supporter or lover of naturally grown and organic foods, great live local music, helping others or any combination thereof, then tomorrow night you’ll definitely want to make your way to the Pour Haus (1481 S. Shelby St., 637-9611). You’ll get that warm and fuzzy feeling that only comes from helping others. Or hearing really good music. Or having a few drinks. A trifecta.

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