Rusty and me: Life inside a farmers’ market in Ohio


Merela Carrido, niece Grace and nephew Freddie.
Merela Carrido, niece Grace and nephew Freddie.

MIDDLEFIELD,OHIO — Merela Carrido works every day in the great outdoors, surrounded by the healthiest of healthy foods. It’s hard work — there’s plenty of 5 a.m. days —  but it always puts “money in my pocket.” She lives in Northwest Pennsylvania and helps run a family-owned traveling farmers’ market. I met up with her in the heart of  Amish country just east of Cleveland, in Middlefield, Ohio.

When I say family business, I mean family business.  Mom works there, siblings, in-laws, nieces, nephews.  There was about a dozen of the Carrido clan who welcomed me into their corner of the world.  Merela is happy with her simple life of hard work. She grew up up in the Philippines, and lived in Australia before coming to the U.S. decades ago.   Sister Pinky Carrido earned a degree in nursing and occupational therapy, but the farmers’ market offered her a better future.

I’ll have more on the family a little later when I have more time to write, but I wanted to post a few pictures now, so here they are.

Pinky
Pinky
Business is good in Amish country
Business is good in Amish country
Grace meeting Rusty
Grace meeting Rusty

 

 

The product is beautiful
The product is beautiful

 

The mornings are very early
The mornings are very early
Sneaking some iPad time
Sneaking some iPad time
I traded a book for some fruit.  Merela eyes the words; Rusty thinks about stealing the fruit.
I traded a book for some fruit. Merela eyes the words; Rusty thinks about stealing the fruit.

 

 

 

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BOB SULLIVAN is a veteran journalist and the author of four books, including the 2008 New York Times Best-Seller, Gotcha Capitalism, and the 2010 New York Times Best Seller, Stop Getting Ripped Off! His latest, The Plateau Effect, was published in 2013, and as a paperback, called Getting Unstuck in 2014. He has won the Society of Professional Journalists prestigious Public Service award, a Peabody award, and The Consumer Federation of America Betty Furness award, and been given Consumer Action’s Consumer Excellence Award.