As many of you know, every month we try to team up with a local business to create a flavor that highlights their products in an effort to create more awareness about both of our businesses through cross-promotion as well as feed our creative appetite. This month is no different. We’re so happy to say that we’ve teamed up with Daisy Mae’s Market right down at Findlay Market to bring you Daisy Mae’s Market Strawberry Rhubarb Pie. Yes, it’s a little out there, it’s different than what you might find elsewhere, but so is Cincinnati!
The flavor was inspired by a trip to Findlay Market that I took a while back with my mama, when Barb mentioned that the rhubarb would be coming into season, and we could probably even get some from local growers. That made my brain start ticking, because I seriously love local stuff, and if we could double on the local love, what’s to lose?
So, the rhubarb, the strawberries, and I went to the kitchen. I whipped up some vanilla Phro*Zen, and swirled in a strawberry-rhubarb frosting along with some pieces of vegan pie crust and extra slices of sweet strawberries, and there we go! Daisy Mae’s made the whole idea work, because a fruit-based flavor can’t be great unless the fruit is fresh, and full of flavor. The rhubarb was beautiful, and the strawberries along with the staff at Daisy Mae’s Market could not be sweeter. We hope you’ll enjoy a scoop and head down to Findlay to see what else is fresh at Daisy Mae’s.
Q: So first, please introduce yourself and let us know what you do.
I’m Barb Cooper from Daisy Mae’s Market. My husband Barry and his brother Jeff are the owners of Daisy Mae’s. I handle marketing for the company and also take care of some of the office responsibilities.
Q: When did you start your business? What inspired you to do so?
Barb: We started Daisy Mae’s Market in November, 2009. Barry and I have spent the last 23 years in the homebuilding business. When the economy soured, we decided to start a second venture. Barry’s brother Jeff had been in the wholesale produce business most of his life and always hoped to open his own company. Since Findlay Market was also looking for a full-time fresh produce merchant about that same time, all the pieces fell into place and we decided to take the plunge. Barry and I joke now that he’s the only local homebuilder who also sells tomatoes!
Q: What do you find to be the most challenging part of running a business?
Barb: In any small business, the most demanding aspect is the number of hours you have to put into each day. The challenge is to prioritize the tasks that need to be done. If you’re not careful, you can get moving in too many directions at once and lose your focus.
Q: What do you find to be the most rewarding part of running a business?
Barb: I honestly think the best rewards are when people tell us they like what we’re doing. It’s amazing how a genuine compliment can re-energize the whole staff.
Q: Is there anything about being a business in Cincinnati that you especially like?
Barb: We absolutely love Findlay Market—the history, the creative energy of the other vendors, the central location, and the fact that we’re filling a need in the neighborhood. It’s great, too, how so many Cincinnati businesses go out of their way to support each other.
Q: What’s the most unique thing about your business? What makes it special?
Barb: We say we have a “fresh approach to fresh produce.” We’re trying to be a lot more than just another tomato stand. We’re big believers in social media as a way to connect with our customers, and we use Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and our own blog in order to do that.
Another unique aspect of Daisy Mae’s Market is that we deliver our fresh produce to individuals and corporations throughout the downtown Cincinnati area. You can order any of the 100 items or so that we have at our Findlay Market location and have them delivered to your home or office the next day. You can find out more about these and other services we offer at www.daisymaesmarket.com.