On Friday, July 1, Miller Farms fruit stand reopened for business. The reopening came as a byproduct of widespread community assistance, with many helping the family get back on their feet.
Tragedy struck the morning of February 17 for the Miller family as they were informed that their beloved fruit stand, located on Highway 81, was struck by lightning, and burnt to the ground. This was horrific news for one of the town’s most prolific farming families.
Unfortunately, this event was the second tragedy for the family in a short time, with co-owner Todd Miller in the hospital recovering from burn injuries.
While the Millers were at a low point, the community stepped in to lift them up.
According to co-owner of Miller Farms, Michelle Miller, just hours after the incident took place, they received an outpouring of texts and Facebook messages from those who wanted to help.
The family was assisted by meal trains, a benefit dinner and auction, gifts purchased through Amazon Wish List, donations sent through GoFundMe, among many other ways.
During a time like this, all help is important, but perhaps the most crucial help came from CB Brumley Fabrication LLC., who provided much of the work and materials for the rebuild. Daniel Ballard and the Rush Springs FFA provided some help as well.
Without all of the aid from the community, the fruit stand would not be up and running today.
When asked how it felt for the stand to be open, Miller said, “It’s amazing. I didn’t really think this was even possible to be able to open our doors come July.”
She continued, “I am thankful for the community, because without them, this wouldn’t be happening.”
No one ever wants tragedy to strike, but that is part of life. Whenever life knocks you down, you need others to help lift you up. This is exactly what took place and is a prime example of when our small town is at its best.
The Miller Farms fruit stand is now open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“Watermelons, cantaloupes, honeydews, peaches, tomatoes, squash, zucchini, cucumbers, green beans, okra, potatoes, and onions,” are all on sale.