Thursday, November 15, 2012

Farmer's market in review

My first summer vending at my local farmer's market ended a couple of weeks ago.  And it was an adventure!  Besides being fun, and profitable, it was also educational:

While I've thought the recent encouragement of "shopping locally" was a good and even obvious concept, being immersed in it over the summer gave me a new perspective and appreciation for a very old tradition...a practice that should never have changed.  Through the market, I was introduced to another locally-owned business--a really lovely store--Wild Flower Collectibles, who asked to carry my soaps.  I love supporting people, not businesses, if that makes sense. At a farmer's market, I can talk to the people from my own community that make and/or grow what they sell.  They have a knowledge and passion for their work that is non-existant in a retail store. And I learned so much besides this. I swapped recipes, gardening tips, heirloom beans, kombucha starters and stories galore with customers and vendors. And it wasn't even so bad during slow times--it gave me more time for visiting. :)

And the shopping--I miss that tremendously!  Here is one treasure that I bought this fall.  Looks like a beached seal, doesn't it?  It's actually a 25# plus banana squash and I have it on good authority from another vendor (a lady who knows pretty much everything about gardening and canning) that it tastes like a finely textured pumpkin.  With 16 quarts, I should be able to make all the pumpkin recipes that I've been pining to make this fall!  It lent a slightly disturbing touch to my kitchen, though, I have to confess; giant orange bananas were not the motif I've been going for.


Besides all the produce I lugged home weekly, (because apparently I didn't grow quite enough of my own?)--I'd been eyeing these handmade shopping bags most of the summer and was able to snatch one up before she'd completely sold out of them!  Now I can take this snazzy bag with me when I shop instead of the tacky one that badly needed to be retired.


I do have some tweaking and rethinking to do over winter, however, to make next summer even better.  This weekend begins the winter market, once a month all winter.  I'm grateful for the break from a once or twice a week market, but by next spring I will be SO ready to be back outside at my market stand.

3 comments:

  1. I'll have to visit you next summer at your market stand!

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  2. I'm glad that the farmer's market was such a great experience for you, Amy! And congrats on getting your soap into a local store. I've never heard of banana squash before. If you can't eat it all, you can always put it in soap! ;)

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