Governor Palin applauds Carrot Tree restaurant for defying NPS shutdown orders

Photo retrieved from Carrot Tree Kitchens Yorktown Facebook Page

Dr. Fay at Sarah Palin Information

Posted on Governor Palin’s Facebook page today:

Sarah Palin · 3,790,201 like this:

Good. Need more of this. Enough is enough. Jail potentially for serving his carrot cake? Let ‘em try.

Thank you for covering this, Todd Starnes.

She linked to this article by Todd Starnes:

The 2013 Battle of Yorktown — restaurant owner defies feds

By Todd Starnes  –  Todd’s American Dispatch  –  Published October 08, 2013  –

“I am now occupying the building at this time.”

And with that one decision – restaurant owner Glenn Helseth joined the ranks of Americans who’ve decided to defy the strong-arm tactics of the National Park Service.

For the past 11 years Helseth and his wife have operated the Carrot Tree Kitchens Restaurant inside the historic Cole Digges House in Yorktown, Va.

At least 20 of Helseth’s longtime employees are facing unemployment. They can’t make rent and some are faced with choosing between buying food or buying medicine.

The National Park Service owns and operates the building. So when the government shut down on Oct. 1, the Helseths were given 48 hours to pack up and move out.

The couple also owns a restaurant on Jamestown Island. They had to close that restaurant after the National Park Service blocked access to the island.

“We’re upset on a number of levels – not the least of which is the impending financial doom that Carrot Tree faces,” Glenn told me.

At least 20 of his longtime employees are facing the unemployment line. They can’t make rent and some are faced with choosing between buying food or buying medicine.

So Glenn decided it was time to take some action – and at 11 a.m. ET he reopened the Carrot Tree Kitchens Restaurant – in defiance of the federal government.

“I intend to serve everybody that wants to dine with me,” he said. “I don’t intend to close my doors. I am occupying Carrot Tree Yorktown.”

Glenn said he is well aware that he is breaking the law – but he told me enough is enough.

“I’m serving Brunswick stew, ham biscuits and carrot cake,” he said. “If that gets me put in jail, I’m going to jail.”

Glenn said it just doesn’t make sense to close down the restaurant – especially since it’s a money-maker.

“I’m making money for the government,” he said. “I send them a check every month.”


“I don’t wish to take a stand against my government,” he said. “I’ve always been very proud of my country. [But] I don’t agree with what’s happening. I can no longer abide by what’s happening.”

And Glenn has a message for our lawmakers.

“They talk about this [shutdown] having a minimal impact on the economy,” he said. “They need to come down to my level and look at my people and say, ‘We’re going to shut you down. You cannot make any money because we can’t administrate.’”

He said Congress is putting politics ahead of people.

“Let them come and lay my people off,” he said. “Let them come and tell my staff they are out of work.”

Glenn decided to make his stand against the government when he bumped into some of his regular customers over the weekend.

One of his favorite customers is Mama – and she turned 100 years old Tuesday.

“I told them to bring her to my restaurant,” he said. “She’s 100-years-old. She wants to eat Brunswick stew, ham biscuits and carrot cake.”

And so today at 11 a.m. Mama was seated in the dining room of the Carrot Tree Kitchens Restaurant where she was served a bowl of Brunswick stew, a ham biscuit and a slice of birthday carrot cake.

“Let the pomposities in Washington tell her ‘no,’” Glenn said.

Benjamin Franklin once said, “Where liberty is, there is my country.”

And in the case of Patriot Glenn Helseth, where liberty is, there is my carrot cake.

Read more here.

About Ask Marion

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9 Responses to Governor Palin applauds Carrot Tree restaurant for defying NPS shutdown orders

  1. Dr. Fay says:

    Hi, Marion. I’ve noticed that you’ve reblogged some of SPIB’s articles before and appreciate that. But for this particular one, you’ve given us a hat tip, which is usually used when the idea for an article comes from someone else. Reblogging is fine, but a hat tip does not give credit to the original author of an article.

    • Ask Marion says:

      Sorry… It was very late and I was having computer problems, so I guess I saw it as a reblog of Starnes and Sarah’s pieces, and didn’t really think it though?!? Can’t even give you a good explanation; guess I was tired. 😉 I have been blogging daily on 5-sites since 2005, so know the protocol. I have corrected it.

      Love your site! And I love Sarah!

      You might appreciate this (have used it in a couple of posts lately):

      We recently spent a couple days with family, after the death and service of our family’s crazy (but brilliant) uncle, on their territory; usually they came to visit us for the holidays. He, his immediate family, and their friends were all brilliant academic elites, students and then professors from the Ivy League and Stanford or had evolved into journalists. One of their friends was so thrilled to mention that they had seen Chelsea Clinton at the local coffee shop they frequent, but never once was former Republican Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice who teaches at Stanford and also frequents that shop mentioned. And then there was the small shrine to Obama in the office back at the house. It was my greatest joy to watch their faces when my husband said, “My wife is a Sarah Palin supporter!”, a name (as we know) that immediately drains the color from any Progressive’s face from fear if they were honest enough to admit it. It lead to quite the conversation and a lot of eye-opening corrections to unending misinformation on their part, which again proves that someone can be brilliant and highly educated yet extremely under or misinformed! In fact a cousin had actually interviewed Sarah Palin for her newspaper and went on and on in amazement about how nice Sarah the whole family was, as if they just couldn’t let that sink in and stick.

      And feel free to reblog anything on my site, in piece or whole. It is all about getting the information out there… Just wish I could clone myself and others like you so we could reach more people!!


      • Dr. Fay says:

        Thank you, Marion. Yes, the job of being a messenger gets a little challenging at times. Just wait until 2014!

        Interesting story about your family. I’ve run into people that have no information about Sarah except what the mainstream media has provided, and they believe it hook, line, and sinker. That is so sad. And tragic for our country that many never know that the left has lied to them.

        Keep up the good work. We have a country to take back!

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