You know I like to blog about locally-owned businesses, but this blog is about a female-owned business called The Comfort Farm – a business that sells everything from divine home-made foods to repurposed crafts. In fact the owner, Marie, talks a lot about repurposing – in her creations and in her life.
We actually repurpose a lot in real estate, so don’t think I’m getting too far off track. We often see what were once single-family residences on Cherry Street in midtown Tulsa repurposed into law or medical offices. We are seeing a lot of repurposing in the downtown Tulsa revitalization with old warehouses and buildings in disrepair being repurposed and transformed into trendy restaurants.
So what is repurposing, you ask?
Repurposing is to give a new purpose or use to something – in other words, adapting something for use in a different purpose. And as the professional and upcoming generation these days focus more on their carbon footprint and recycling, repurposing is becoming a very respectable thing to do!
Marie’s home is The Comfort Farm and her hub for repurposing. She transforms produce from the farmer’s market into delicious treats made from scratch. You can purchase her embroidered cookies, pies, sweet potato butter or spicy fig orange jam, to name a few items.
And yes, taking 40-pounds of ripe tomatoes and transforming them into a basil tomato simmering sauce IS repurposing.
By the way, Marie won first-place in a contest at her farmer’s market for her spicy fig orange jam, so you’ll definitely want to buy some of that.
Repurposing doesn’t stop with Marie’s amazing cooking because she repurposes what some would consider junk into pieces of lovely home decor. Wait until you see the Christmas ornaments she makes out of oyster shells – now THAT’S repurposing!
Marie is known as the Paint Junkie, and I can just imagine her opening a can of paint right after her first cup of coffee in the morning. Do check out some of her clever crafts.
Seems repurposing produce and junk was not enough to keep Marie busy, as she also digs around for old farm furniture and refinishes her treasures to be something useful and beautiful in your home. Check out the “Farm Vintage” portion of her web site.
I haven’t yet met Marie, but feel like I know her through her lovely blog – I encourage you to make a cup of hot tea and spend an hour reading her relaxing and inspiring blog posts. As you can see from her photos, she’s got a lot of spunk and positive energy.
And if you’re like me, you’ll jump on PayPal and order some pastries and enjoy shopping!