I'm very glad you have these opportunities. I tend to agree with you, in theory and, when I've had the opportunity, in practice.
I, too, live in a small Southern town. I, too, bake cakes and cookies, as well as biscuits. But my neighbors, mostly, after two years here, do not even speak to us because they know who we are. And they continue to throw trash on our lawn.
We are calm people. If we were not, we would do something else about this.