Thursday, Apr 29, 2021 5:00p -
Boston, MA 02110
Food, Lectures & Conferences, Virtual & Streaming
Our monthly Market Chat Series continues this month with a focus on family businesses! Learn the stories and history behind several of our family-owned and operated businesses in the Boston Public Market. From operating farms to developing successful specialty food products, our owners will share how they navigate running their business while raising their families and how they've handled succession planning for the next generation.
Al & Nancy Rose, Red Apple Farm. After a stint working for Frito-Lay, Al and his wife, Nancy, and their children returned to his family’s now diversified and exclusively retail farm operation, Red Apple Farm, in 2001. The operation includes a year-round, on-farm retail store, cidery and events barn, two retail winter locations at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, and a downtown store at the year-round, indoor Boston Public Market. Al, Nancy, and their 4 kids represent the 4th and 5th generation to work at the farm.
Mark Parrish, Crescent Ridge. Mark is the 3rd generation of the Parrish family to own Crescent Ridge Dairy. He currently serves as president and owner of this small business, putting an emphasis on offering locally handmade products alongside the dairy's glass bottled milk.
Evan Reseska, Boston Honey Company. Evan currently operates two locations for the Boston Honey Company, which was founded in 1996 by his father Andrew Reseska. He oversees the Boston Public Market Stall which he has run for 5 years and their new family farmstand in Holliston, MA. Boston Honey Company produces fine artisanal honeys and other honeybee related products while providing farms with essential pollination services. Evan focuses on retail management, community outreach, working alongside his family in the fields, and producing incredible honey.
Brian Quinn, Q's Nuts. Q’s Nuts is a family business started in 2000 by husband and wife, Brian and Beth Quinn. Their business started as a third income as they both worked full time jobs and were raising two children at the time. They now have two stores (Boston Public Market and Somerville), a few hundred wholesale accounts in several states, and a growing online business. The small batch nut roasting company produces over 20 flavors of nuts in different varieties that are vegan as well as gluten, soy and dairy free.