Charice McGill partners with Yard Brewing Company to make French Toast Bites Ale year-round.
LANSDALE — Area residents are mourning the death of a Philadelphia-area entrepreneur who left his mark on Lansdale. Carisi McGill, the longtime manager of the Lansdale Farmers Market, died this week at the age of 42.
“I loved her. She was a very good person. In my opinion, she was the soul of the Lansdale Farmers Market. She kept everything moving,” said market volunteer Lisi. Mackenzie said.
“She was the face of the market for many customers and farmers, greeting everyone with a smile and giving cooking demonstrations,” said Mallory Smith Peterson, executive director of the market committee, who said McGill was the first. I led the way and made announcements on the microphone.” I met her when I started volunteering at her market.
“Years after her career grew beyond the market, we still follow her example in some of our operations,” she said.
McGill, who lived in Delaware County, worked as market manager for the Lansdale Farmers Market from 2013 to 2018, where she debuted Local Artisan Foods, which started as a lemonade stand infused with herbs hand-picked from fellow market vendors, at the market. I was allowed to. Kimberton CSA, run with help from McGill's daughter Madison.
McKenzie said Friday that McGill “has become a hot topic in the marketplace and her success is largely due to her.” She had the support of her vendors, and even if she had to do something to keep the vendors in line, she knew how to do it skillfully. She has a sophisticated approach to things, which also showed when working with vendors. As you can see, she was able to get the vendor to do what she needed to do. ” he said.
After leaving the market, McGill's path continued to move upwards. She sold French Toast Bites under the name Local Artisan Foods at Philadelphia's Spruce Street Harbor Park in summer 2020, making news across the region and becoming the first Black woman in the American market. I did. Pennsylvania debuted its own beer that winter, had those nibbles and beers on shelves in 2021, and evolved the flavor into gelato in 2022.
Her continued entrepreneurial spirit was recognized by the Philadelphia 76ers last year when she was selected as the 2023 recipient of the team's annual 76ers Buy Black program.
Last July, McGill was appointed executive director of the Farmers Market Coalition, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening farmers' markets.
“I was stunned to learn of Charice's passing. She was such a bright light and will be missed by many,” said Carol Zellers, a longtime market commissioner.
Will Reid, chairman of the market's board, has known Ms McGill since she began working in the market in 2017, when she was manager, and says everything she knows about the company's lasting potential. He said he left a mark.
“Her passion for the market was obvious and contagious. She ran the market efficiently and effectively, making sure to get to know each vendor and their products. In the 12 years I have been on board, she has been one of the best managers we have ever worked with.”
Lansdale Borough Council President Mary Fuller said Friday that McGill is “a great hire for Lansdale Farmers Market Group, and she has taken our market to a high level during her tenure here.” '' he said he thought. As well as being friendly, I found her to be passionate about the Lansdale Farmers Market. ”
In a Thursday post on Local's Instagram page, the company she founded announced McGill's death, saying she would like to express her deepest condolences to “our immediate family, the French Toast Bites family, all of her friends, and the families of Philadelphia and the world. She has been an inspiration to her fans, students, partners, and colleagues.” America. “
“During this time, we are asking for your time, compassion, and grace. And we want you to know that we appreciate all the love, support, and condolences as we mourn this tragic loss.” “French Toast Bites and Local Artisan Foods will continue to operate in Charisse's memory. The venue will remain open and the partnership will continue,” said Local, whose account details the public memorial. It added that it would be posted on.
McGill's friend and publicist Cory Aversa said Friday that McGill is survived by his daughter Madison (Maddie) McGill, his mother Tina Jackson, his father Maurice Davidson and other relatives. She holds a huge place in the hearts of many of us, and she always will.” It is very lonely. ”