Carlisle store has country charm and ...

Carlisle store has country charm and good food

There are 13 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Jan 9, 2008, titled Carlisle store has country charm and good food. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

Step into Ferns Country Store and you'll swear you made a wrong turn off Route 3 and somehow ended up in the White Mountains.

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Van Gogo


#1 Jan 9, 2008
When Bearfield says "It's an attitude" he's right, a typical yuppie attitude.
I for one loved Daisy's, this article makes it sound like Daisy's was horrible,"a token grocery store". Daisy's also had awesome baked LOCAl(since we are going with that emphasis in this article) goods from Concord Teacakes, known far and wide for their superior baked goods, doesn't get any more local than that does it? Tell me, how can a store be toted as old-timey and have a wifi cafe at the same time? Let's call it what it is, a yuppies idea of what a country store is.
If you go way, way up into the North Country of Maine or Vermont this is NOT the kind of quaint country store you will find, you will find the real deal.
I for one am not impressed at all with what they have done with Ferns.
boston betsy


#2 Jan 9, 2008
ButterBrookOragnic farm and market has the best selection of organic fruits ,veggies and meats in the areaThey are a locale organic farm and market with the freshest stuff,Easliy located on rt 27 in north acton.A must try .Besty
Larry Bearfield

Winthrop, MA

#3 Jan 10, 2008
We've certainly discovered that the old adage "you can't please everyone" is true. I'm sorry that Van Gogo considers us a haven for yuppies. I don't think that the elders of our community who are well beyond yuppie age would agree but that's ok. Nor would the contractors, landscapers and house cleaning folks who regularly frequent the store. Or the school kids who like to hang out here. We cater to all sorts of folks. Yuppies included.

We've visited quaint country stores all over New England and discovered that many in the rural outskirts are barely hanging on. Others have upgraged themselves including adding WiFi as a convenience for their customers. But in general the 'real deal' does not necessarily mean successful nor sustainable.

We did indeed carry Concord Teacakes scones but they didn't sell well. And up until just a few months ago we carried their coffeecakes but they instituted new wholesale ordering policies that were not very customer friendly so we made a decision to stop carrying them. The fact is we were only selling a few a week anyway.

But what we DO have is a bakery chock full of croissants that we bake fresh every morning in house. Indeed, we sell approximately 1,200 pieces of bakery a week! So I guess we can't get any more local than that!

The old Daisy's Market was a different kind of store with owners who chose to run it differently than us. We respect that. Meanwhile, I'd be happy to discuss any concerns a customer has (including Van Gogo!) just stop by the store and ask for me!

And you're right Betsy - Butter Brook Farm has terrific organics!

Thanks for your comments!

Brisbane, Australia

#4 Jan 27, 2008
We have just moved to Carlisle from Concord and having Fern's across the road from our new house is a real joy.

We met Robin before we moved in and, upon seeing us trying to get candles into each window late one night just before Christmas, Larry handed my husband Gary one of Fern's beautiful holiday wreathes along with a warm welcome.

Having been to real and ersatz country stores all over New England and beyond, Fern's warmth and quiet perseverance of quality and neighborliness embodies the best of the New England spirit.

Babette Warren

P.S. Fern's chili sustained us through many long days of tradespeople in the house and unpacking!
Gary Bonhiver

Westfield, MA

#5 Feb 2, 2008
Babette's hubby here -- I can't say enough about that chili -- theirs is the best. You MUST try it, and you too will be hooked!(cookies and brownies too!)

Larry and Robin are indeed very warm and friendly neighbors, as are their entire staff.
Murphy the wonder dog

Fall River, MA

#6 Mar 13, 2008
Fern's is the only place that gives me dog treats, you know what we dogs say about humans that like dogs. they make for good folks to hang around.

P. S. Hey ! Babette, keep Gary away from the oatmeal-raisin cookies until after 4:00 pm, that's when we storm the dog treats and cookie jar as Robin rings up the milk for the ride home.
It's along ride home with a grumpy contactor if there are no Oatmeal Raisin cookies left.
Daisy Culkins

New Britain, CT

#7 Jul 14, 2008
I am a part of the Daisy family and my grandmother lives above Fern's. I had always love visiting her and going into Daisy's Market. I everyone there and the little market had an old fasion charm.
So you can imagine how horrified I was when I heard Daisy's Market was going to be sold. I figured the new owners would take all that charm away and turn it into an ordinary store not worth stopping at. However, I was extremly wrong! Fern's is a charming store with great food and great people! I love everything they have done to it. even though it is now more modern it still has that country charm that I love.
Fern's is definetly a place worth stopping at if you ever vist Carlisle!

Tewksbury, MA

#8 Sep 15, 2010
I worked at Fern's and "But what we DO have is a bakery chock full of croissants that we bake fresh every morning in house." is simply not true. Their baked products are stored in giant boxes in their freezer until it is time to warm them in an oven. Did I forget the dead frogs we find all over the bakery? Quite the old country store treat.

Anonymous Proxy

#9 Sep 15, 2010
Right On

Chicago, IL

#10 Sep 15, 2010
I like
Larry Bearfield - Ferns

Acton, MA

#11 Nov 12, 2010
You're not quite accurate "Sarah" (or whatever your real name is).... Our croissants are "pre-formed" which means that they are made ready-to-bake. They come to us frozen - and yes, it's best to keep frozen products in a freezer until you're ready to use them. We choose to carry these products because they are superb - in quality, in consistency and in price. we sell over 1,200 per week so obviously folks really like them.
As for the dead frogs comment... Seriously "Sarah"??? Dead frogs??? In the 7 years that I've owned the store, I've never seen one dead frog in the place.
Clearly, "Sarah" you're a disgruntled ex-employee with an ax to grind. That's pretty sad.

East Hampton, CT

#12 Nov 14, 2010
Why is a crisis in town governance an occasion for the country store to hawk its' wares to the press-because greed is good for Larry & friends.

A recent letter from a Carlisle resident appearing in the "Carlisle Mosquito" mentions the country store as part of a cabal that thwarts the children of Carlisle from enjoying a traditional ( with parental supervison) halloween.

This is just the tip of the iceberg for the town of Carlisle.

Braintree, MA

#13 Apr 12, 2011
"What happens at Fern's stays at Fern's" I particularly love this saying. Doesn't really when you have a manager that takes home her work(ers)! As a Carlisle resident these owners better wake up and see what is going on in their nice little country store-you know how gossip flies around our small town, your turning into a laughing stock

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