Sheldon Farmstand is a place where we go for buying wonderful farm-fresh vegetables and fruits and also comestibles from around the world that we would have to live without were it not for Pat Sheldon and her wonderful stocked farm-stand in Salem. Pat and Albert Sheldon are also warm and generous people. A couple that has done much too much already and are continuing to do what they can to make the edible landscape of our community richer, fresher and more diverse.
There is no Mexican restaurant serving Pozole (pork and hominy stew with chiles) around our area, and yet, Pat and Albert have it available at the farm-stand. The offerings change each weekend. Last weekend as Kim Sunee was visiting us, we stopped by and had a lunch of pozole. Served with tortillas, jalapenos, pico de gallo and salsa verde. Of course cabbage, radishes and limes on the side too. Fresh vegetables around our area? In the land of Sysco (foods ordered from this giant, brought to temperature and served as homemade or fresh) someone offering fresh food, freshly cooked, from diverse regions of the world and shared with love? Really? Can it happen in our area? It is happening and has been for a few years. I only wish more locals would make the adventure to Sheldon Farm-stand and open themselves up to the offerings served here. From the vegetables and fruits they sell, to the cheeses and butters, the meats and poultry and even their own farm raised pork. It is a joy to have them so close. The only sad thing - they close for the winter. And then we have no place to find some of the delights we have gotten used to over the summer.
Kim covers her face since we all came here without our faces for the world on. We came just to sit under the dining tent and eat the pozole. Delighted to find fresh jalapenos and in abundance. Lime squeezed over it generously and lots of pico de gallo and we were in heaven. Crunch provided by the fresh cabbage and tortilla chip crumbs and a nice sharp bit and crunch from the radishes. Heaven on earth. Right in the wonderful idyllic fields of North Country. Thanks Pat and Albert and those that make this happen for us all.
Pat and Albert have created for residents of North Country and those that weekend here a wonderful farm stand where one can find whatever it is that will bring them back into the kitchen. Cooking real food. Not semi-homemade. But home made all the way. Like food was meant to be.
As the sign says clearly, "welcome is spoken here". Whilst some small minded and unfortunately governed towns in our area are banning the speaking of Spanish and I guess other foreign languages for official work - Pat and Albert are opening their hearts, tables, mind and life to the riches of the world near and far. They are exemplary people, great residents of our area and a couple I hope more in the community would want to be like. We are grateful that they speak "welcome" and we will forever be in their debt for that very reason.