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Friday, October 6, 2006


Ferns Country Store 8 Lowell Street, Carlisle 978-369-0200

Marc Berlin enjoys his morning coffee on Ferns' patio. (Photo by Ellen Huber)
Have you tried dining on the patio at Ferns? If you haven't, it is time you did. You can sit under an umbrella at a table with a view of life in Carlisle while indulging yourself in a sandwich, or whatever, of your choice.

Wednesday was a perfect day for this. From the outside it looks pleasant but inside the patio, it is so much more than that. There is a beautiful border of plants, some for the season and some just beautiful even after the blossoms have gone and only the leaves remain. The lovely fountain with natural materials adds both relaxing sounds as well as terrific visual appeal. Ferns might find some people lingering a very long while.

The menu at Ferns is extensive, offering interesting daily specials as well as their signature sandwiches. Choices include the Carlisle Village: maple honey ham, smoked turkey, Romaine lettuce, tomato, cream cheese and black olive, all spread on sourdough bread; or the Ferns Veggie, with greens, Muenster cheese, red and green peppers, red onion, cucumber, tomato and olive oil with basil in a spinach wrap. All these are served with a dill pickle spear.

The Ferntastic classics are delicious. The chunky chicken salad with everything on it is my first choice. Ferns' menu is quite flexible, with 1/2 sandwiches available with soup for $6.40 and chili or "chowda" at $6.85. Mornings, Ferns has fresh coffee and a marvelous selection of croissants, bagels and rolls. If you have a night when cooking is too much to contemplate, there are dinner entrees and quiches to pop into your microwave and onto the table.

Reservations are not necessary, only your appetite. I think you will find something to please everyone in your family at Ferns Country Store.

2006 The Carlisle Mosquito