Once Upon A Time...

Minature versions of things just make people smile and sigh. Baby dogs, baby cats, baby elephants--they're just cute and cuddly, right? Introducing the Fairy Tale Eggplant, a small, adorable version of its big sibling, the globe eggplant. To make it even more endearing, it has stripes! "Awww!"

You can use fairy tale eggplant just like any other eggplant, but they seem to really enjoy a nice roasting in the oven. Add in cherry tomatoes in a variety of colors and you've got a precious meal in the making. Check out this recipe from Foods with Judes that has pretty and enticing photos. You could also just simply slice them in half and saute them with shiitake mushrooms and garlic/scallions.

Tip: What to Eat on a Plant-Based Diet

Here is a really good blog-post from The Running Carrot, talking about the benefits of eating a plant-based diet. This doesn't mean eating only plants, just eating mostly plants. The article has oodles of great nutritional info on produce, much of which we see in Fair Shares. It will make you feel pretty...Read more


Del Carmen has been a vendor for Fair Shares for 3+ years now.  We have developed a quality relationship based on trust. Our communications have been seamless. In addition, Fair Shares and its members have been great marketers for our products.  As a (very) small business, we are unable to advertise or market our products, so we have to rely on word of mouth.  Many of our customers are, were, or know Fair Shares members who have recommended our products.

Del Carmen has also benefitted from valuable ideas for use of existing products and suggestions in product development from the Fair Shares community.  I go to them for feedback, knowing I will get good, reliable and useful information.

We thank you, Fair Shares, for your support and commitment to del Carmen. We wish you much continued success.  After all, your success also helps the success of del Carmen and other local vendors and farmers.

Estie Cruz-Curoe, del Carmen Beans, St. Louis, MO