I've come to realize that I'm not a natural born farmer. A gardener perhaps but not a farmer. This year's tomato plants are in and my flower garden is starting to bloom nicely. I'm not even an authentic foodie. Although, I do enjoy discovering new restaurants, and I'll eat at anyone's house who invites me. Shawn is the farmer and he is the foodie He's always picking up a new item at the store. And those that know Shawn know he's  a very good cook. Lucky me!

But what I do genuinely love is meeting people at the Boston Public Market. And I love discovering their stories. Everyone has a story. First conversations reveal the cover: name, where they live, perhaps occupation. But open the book and there's many fascinating stories. I hear stories about their families. I love hearing about travel adventures. And often there are stories about being in the kitchen and an old family recipe or a newly discovered meal. I share about my family and my hometown of Marblehead and my Corner Stalk Farm home of East Boston.

Corner Stalk Farm has many loyal customers. And we are truly grateful. They like our lettuce, and they get their Lettuce Lovers Card punched with each purchase, and we ask them to join our family of CSF.

Tom often comes and shares his stories but he also shares his books with us. All delightful, exotic food books. Not just cookbooks, food books. The one I have now is The Singapore Heritage Cookbook: Past, Present, Future. Certainly there are dazzling recipes. Shawn pours through the book to figure out what he may try cooking. But I love the photographs. I get lost in the color and design. The images capture my delights.  When I return this to Tom, I know he'll bring us another. And he'll tell me a little bit more of his story. Thank you, Tom.

I will be telling you more stories.

2015 has ended and so has the Christmas retail frenzy at the Boston Public Market. I've never been involved with retail at Christmas time before. It's exhausting trying to maintain inventory and cover the hours needed to keep up with the demand. Shawn made multiple trips from the farm in East Boston to the Boston Public Market. But it was also exhilarating. I loved being in the city at this time of year. Boston looked beautiful. The lights at night were dazzlingly festive and the store front displays brought out an excitement of giving. I loved all the people wandering through the Market. And I did not encounter even one cranky scrooge customer. Everyone was spirited.

Christmas at Boston Public Market

So I close the chapter of Christmas whirlwind and welcome 2016. Corner Stalk Farm sends out our wishes for a fun and adventurous New Year to all.
So why haven't I added to this post for such a long time? We've been busy!

Corner Stalk Farm is well established and has been running as a farm in East Boston for two years. This past January we expanded our efforts into growing lettuce.  After many trials and adjustments and with great determination, we are now growing an assortment of outstanding lettuce and greens that are beautiful, fresh, and oh so delicious.

A delicious centerpiece.

So our next phase has been to jump into the retail industry. This past summer Corner Stalk Farm opened as one of the vendors at the new Boston Public Market. It has been a whirl-wind of activity. Another learning curve for both Shawn and me to learn the retail end of business. Purchasing equipment, hiring staff, scheduling produce delivery, and mountains of paper work has consumed our lives. But we now feel settled into the Market. It's a wonderful, exciting, and stimulating place and we're thrilled to be a part of this new Boston adventure.

Grand Opening July 30, 2015

We have received so much support from so many of you. We love it when friends stop by. We had a wonderful write up in the autumn edition of Edible Boston magazine. We're thankful for all your positive feedback. And if you have not had a chance to visit the Boston Public Market at 100 Congress Street, please put it on your list of must do events.

November 2015

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