One of the fun things about being at farmers’ markets is entering into serendipitous conversations with curious passers-by. A couple weeks ago at the Noe Valley Farmer’s Market, Cam and I met a very nice man named Carlos who, intrigued by our signboard, came over for a closer look. He tasted some of our chocolate, and then proceeded to recite (from memory!) a poem by Arnold Adoff. The poem is included in a book of poetry dedicated to chocolate. Called Chocolate Dreams, the collection is ostensibly meant for children, but I think it can (and should) be appreciated by anyone who enjoys chocolate, poetry, humor, or any combination of these things.
Mr. Arnold Adoff was kind enough to grant us permission to share the poem with you in its entirety. A big thank-you to Carlos for bringing it to our attention, and an even bigger thank-you to Mr. Adoff for writing such lovely poems in the first place!
Reproduced with permission from Arnold Adoff’s Chocolate Dreams. New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, 1989. Please visit Arnold Adoff’s website for more information about the poet.
Come by and impress us with your artistic, musical or literary love for chocolate! Alternatively, just come by to say hello. You can find us at the Mission Community Market every Thursday from 4-8pm, and at the Noe Valley Farmers’ Market every Saturday from 8am-1pm.