Kale queen finds her subjects in Comox Valley

Dear editor,

I'm writing to say how wonderful it was to be with such enthusiastic kale-growing (or prospective kale-growing) folks.

QUEEN OF KALE Sharon Hanna loved her first trip to the Comox Valley so much she will return.

QUEEN OF KALE Sharon Hanna loved her first trip to the Comox Valley so much she will return.

Dear editor,

I’m writing to let everyone know how wonderful it was to be with such enthusiastic kale-growing (or prospective kale-growing) folks.

The book signing on Friday at the Comox Library was so full of people — it blew me away, actually. I’ve never had so many people show up (and so enthusiastically!) at a book signing.

Seventy-one kale lovers were in attendance and I think Martina, owner of Blue Heron books, was pleased.

She also probably wishes she’d had more books, as many participants seemed to want one, and she actually ran out — a fairly uncommon occurrence these days for an independent bookstore.

Saturday Farmer’s Market at Courtenay was just fantastic. It was my first time there, and a few of us were lined up in a Kale Fest, which had been organized by Arzeena Hamir (my friend, of Amara Farm).

I got to sauté onions and leeks and kale and other goodies on a Coleman stove in a cast-iron fry pan, and seduce attendees with that wonderful aroma in the great outdoors.

Arzeena’s lovely daughters Inara and Amina helped out. Inara was a great help in the stir-fry department, and Amina is very good at selling!

The weather co-operated completely, and once again, everyone wanted to buy The Book of Kale. I had brought 22 books but could have probably sold another 20 easily.

A huge thanks to everyone for their gracious and warm welcome to the Valley. I’m going to be visiting a lot more in the future!

Sharon Hanna

Editor’s note: Sharon (Queen of Kale) Hanna has written The Book of Kale.

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