Barbara Martin was selected to be the 2011 Citizen of the Year by the Penrose Chamber of Commerce & local residents. In 1987 the Gooseberry Patch Restaurant was listed for sale. As a real estate agent, Barbara came down to show the restaurant & Barbara’s mom suggested Barbara & Tim buy it & fix it up. They planned to buy it, fix it up, & sell it. That was 25 years ago.
The Chamber received many nominations for Barbara to be the Citizen of the Year. For several years Barbara & Tim have allowed the Penrose Chamber to hold their Flea Market in their parking lot & have never asked for a dime. The Martins believe in the value of a small rural town & act on their belief by hiring local people to work there. The community has depended on Barbara’s good will for years as she bakes somewhere around 70 pies every year for our Apple Day Festival & that free slice of apple pie that everyone receives.
When the Penrose Chamber of Commerce started looking for a local place to hold their Annual Banquet Barbara & the gang at rhe Gooseberry Patch Restaurant accommodated its needs beautifully, with delicious food, sparkling décor, & a very friendly staff. Barbara always has a smiling face & a helpful attitude. She is also the one who writes the nice articles during Apple Day advertising. She’s a true booster for Penrose. Barbara & Tim took a tiny restaurant & turned it into a successful regional landmark. She has gone the extra mile to host the Penrose Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet for the past 23 years. The Gooseberry Patch Restaurant draws people from throughout the region. If anyone deserves the honor of being Citizen of the Year, it truly is Barbara Martin. Congratulations Barbara