In 1894, then President Grover Cleveland signed a law that would establish the first Monday in September as a national holiday we know as Labor Day. The U.S. Department of Labor’s website states “The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pays tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation’s strength, freedom and leadership – the American worker.”
As we approach another Labor Day, and bookend summer with a sort of “send off” celebration, it is not lost on me the amount of labor and innovation this community pours into the local economy, to the benefit of so many.
In this issue, we spotlight burgeoning organizations like 21 Roots Farm and its efforts to serve special members of the community, page 16. Others have labored to grow gardens, raise chickens and harvest honey. On page 28 we chat with a local suburban gardener about her adventures in exploring everything from growing her own food to sending her young children out to gather eggs. She also shares a yummy recipe for oven-roasted heirloom tomatoes.
At White Bear Lake Magazine, our small team of editors, writers, photographers, art directors and production managers work diligently to provide you with lifestyle stories relevant to living and working here in the White Bear Lake area. We understand how hard you work to provide for your family, grow your businesses and make positive contributions to our community. We celebrate all local laborers and love to tell your stories. If only we had enough pages to tell them all. But your tireless efforts do not go unnoticed. Happy Labor Day.