Do you love going to farmer’s markets as much as I do? This season, The Log Home Kitchen decided to become a vendor and made their first debut at the local farmer’s market.
It’s a small town with big heart. You can’t help but feel the richness in community spirit. The fruits of the labors from local farmers to bakers to artisans are staged to show their best. Since this whole soap-making thing started to grow, I decided it was time to do a little bit of show and sell. Besides, everyone wanted to see what I had been up to. With a little bit of confidence in tow, along with a dedicated dear friend and helper, I took the plunge. Hello 2016 season! It’s not as easy as it looks. It’s kind of like moving. Every. Saturday. The canopy, weighted sand bags in case of high winds, tables, chairs, display items, and inventory. Then there’s the box no one sees with bags, markers, water, snacks, bug repellent, inventory sheet, and cash drawer. And lots of lip balm (and lipstick, of course). Load. Unload. Set up. Sell. Take down. Load. Unload. That’s the drill.
At first consideration in making the commitment, I thought absolutely no way. The idea of getting up at dark-thirty to schlep my wares to an outdoor market didn’t sound like something that was in my wheelhouse. But I’ve gotta tell ya, I’m glad I signed up. You all know the old saying, “It takes a village…” That’s what it takes to put on a farmer’s market. It takes people coming together to share the fruits of their labors with their community. It’s about showing up. Because if no one showed up, there would be no market. Not only that, it’s a meeting place for folks to meander about and catch up with others they don’t get to see very often.
We’re richly blessed in that the setting couldn’t be nicer. The grounds are kept immaculate with a lush carpet of green grass and clean restrooms (very important). The backdrop of the mountains is breathtaking. What more could you ask for? The temptation is killer at these markets. The baked and canned goods are plentiful. It’s all I can do to restrain myself. I’ll share more of the offerings next week now that I’ve settled in a bit and have a handle on the drill.
Now, I could opt to take this show on the road. But why? To elbow with the masses in hopes of selling more? Mm, no. Besides, it’s not so much about bringing in tons of money (though I need enough to build my business), but for the reasons I just mentioned. Even though it’s a small town, it’s my town. Our town. A beautiful little berg filled with all the color and quirks you would expect in a remote place. And you know what? I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
With July 4th weekend coming up soon, and the annual River Days festival, more people and vendors are expected to converge on the market. With that, I best get back in the shop and start churning out more inventory. We were wiped out of bath bombs, so I expect we’ll be pressing a bunch more this week. Not to mention more soap!
Do you have a local farmer’s market you go to in your area? We would love to hear about it! Large, small and any size in between.
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