ESSEX (CBS) – The summer season may be over for many of us, but don’t tell that to local farm stand owners. They continue to sell summer’s bounty, bushels full of fruits and vegetables.
Take John Kusulas. He owns and operates John’s Farm Stand on Southern Avenue in Essex. You can find him behind the counter seven days a week. He loves meeting people, and his customers often chat with him a lot longer than it normally takes to pick up some corn and tomatoes.
Annie Fathergill, an artist from Marblehead, recently stopped by John’s Farm Stand to pick up some local produce. To her surprise, she received a tutorial on tomatoes. Kusulas took her over to a section of his stand and pointed. “This is what you call an Heirloom tomato. Do you know what an Heirloom tomato is?” he asked. When Fathergill admitted she didn’t, Kusulas explained. “Heirloom tomatoes are the original tomatoes, the way they used to be. Ugly as sin, but when man took over, they made it nice and pretty but they took away the taste,” he laughed.
He also treats many of his first time customers to raw corn. “When they tell me they’ve never had raw corn, I have ’em tasting uncooked corn. I just peel it open and I let them taste it and they can’t believe how sweet the corn is,” he said.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Mary Blake Reports