I love fall. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. It’s my favorite season. Apple picking, county fairs, leaf peeping, pumpkins. I love it all. This weekend I went to the Big E, the big state fair in Massachusetts. My favorite part, (besides the Alpalcas, because I just like to say it) were the replicas of each of the New England state capital buildings. Inside is a lil’ showcase of state treasures- food, clothing, travel info- a whole bunch of cool stuff. My favorite was Vermont. Vermont cheddar, Ben & Jerry’s, Long Trail Ale, and all sorts of unique crafts.
There was an artisan there who hand-carves cutting boards and coasters. The pieces were beautifully crafted, well-priced and perfect for early christmas shopping! I’ve been in the market for a cheese board/knife set, so I picked out this lil’ guy:
A nice way to serve wine, there’s room for 4 glasses, and it’s just so fun! I looked around for a bit, and asked, “Do you have a business card I can take home and order things online?” No. “Do you have a store up in Vermont?” No. (A few places like the King Arthur Flour store carries their items occasionally.) “Do you take credit cards?” No. Whelp. Looked like I was outta luck. I had only a few dollars of cash left, and I had no other options. No website, no nothing. I can’t believe people still run a business like this, it was so old school!
Then, the wonderful gentleman behind the counter looked at me, and says, “You know what, I took a chance 40 years ago and it’s worked out pretty well” and he looked over at his wife, it was so darling. So, I was able to take my gifts home on the faith of an I.O.U. It was so refreshing to know that there are people out there who still are trusting, good salt of the earth folks. Thank you Nature’s Creative Wood of Vermont! (The first thing I did when I got home was write them a check and put it in the mail)
What else… oh right. I have a new sous chef. A more permanent member of la cucina staff, meet Hunter: