For those that know her, Crissy Stiles isn't just a hardworking downtown shopkeeper. She's also a witty, generous and passionate soul. In late March, undeterred by downtown construction, Stiles put her passion and generosity to work, as she planted her first vegetable garden in elevated planters outside her book store.
Stiles, owner of Barrel of Books & Games, planted Jalapeno peppers, tomatoes, asparagus beans, lettuce, broccoli, and cauliflower. Many of her crops were harvested and eaten. However, the greatest challenges was not enough sun for some vegetables, according to Stiles.
"The asparagus beans have run their course, gave most of them away. I'd be glad to give away the lettuce and tomatoes to anyone that wants them. Lettuce is ready now, tomatoes should be ready for picking in about a week", said Stiles.
Stiles says passersby have been cooperative by not looting the garden and adds, "If anyone would like anything just come inside and ask. Happy to share."