Abby Thatcher creates artfully arranged platters and grazing tables featuring local produce, cured meats and cheeses, and usually some edible flowers for added flavor and beauty.

ACTON — Abby Thatcher’s inspiration for her business, Grazing Platterboards, grew from a simple request from the Concord family for whom she was a nanny a few years ago: She was asked to make a cheese board for a party.

Her creation was a hit, and the rest is history.

“It snowballed into this little business and Grazing Platterboards was born,” said Thatcher.

Since 2018, the Chelmsford resident has been renting commercial kitchen space at Orange Door Kitchen on Arlington Street in Acton. She creates artfully arranged platters and grazing tables featuring local produce, cured meats and cheeses, and usually some edible flowers for added flavor and beauty.

Her offerings, which range from mini-snack boxes to large grazing boards, feature local products from Idylwilde Farms and Trader Joe’s in Acton; she sources her microgreens and edible flowers from Neighbor’s Acre Farm in North Chelmsford to use for salads and garnishes; the homemade jams and jellies are courtesy of Grateful Tastes of Lowell.

A self-taught chef with a flare for art, Thatcher began networking with local farmers and producers she met at the Chelmsford Farmers Market when she started out. She also uses products made by other folks who rent space at Orange Door.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has left many small businesses negatively impacted, this has not been the case for Grazing Platterboards. In fact, Thatcher has seen sales increase, which is due in part to altering her business model and offering meal prep services.

“It’s actually been so busy because I also started meal prepping and people are trying to be healthy. I do portioned meals,” she said.

The menu, which changes weekly, consists of healthy meals for customers to take home and just heat and eat. Kits include a protein, grain, veggie and side salad.

Thatcher, who is vegan, also provides vegan, keto, paleo and gluten-free options.

Prior to the pandemic, Thatcher catered baby showers, bachelorette parties and other large gatherings. The long oak grazing boards used for such events are handmade by her father-in-law.

While those types of events have stalled due to the effects pf the pandemic, Thatcher still offers an on-site setup, but with COVID-19 safety protocols in place. She also offers contactless delivery to neighboring towns.

Thatcher is also planning to teach virtual cheese board workshops in the fall.

For more information, visit grazingplatterboards.com.

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