We're nine weeks into the Carlisle Central Market. Business has been better than expected. Each week, the number of 'regulars' seems to increase. It has just been a blast to make new friends with all sorts of people and see their reaction to the availability of really good local foods.
However, this weekend one of our regulars reciprocated. She walked up to the stand and said, "I have something for you to try. Do you know what these are?" she ask as she held out her gift.
In her hand she held an abalone shell containing several very ripe wild persimmons. "I found these out in the woods and didn't know they even grew around here. I wanted to share them with someone who would appreciate them."
Little did she realize that standing only several feet away from her were two former abalone/sea urchin/sea cucumber divers and long-time foragers. This week, Ralph's dive partner from his commercial fishing & diving days came to the farm for a visit. Ralph had brought him down to the market to check out things since Dan, too, used to sell fresh fish at a farmers market in Los Angeles.