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 are 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.