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First day at the farmers’ market!

First day at the farmers’ market

Up at 5 am, in the greenhouse at 5:30 to harvest more early lettuce and arugula. On the road by 6:30. Set up right at the 7 am opening. The photo is OK, though I find farmers’ market snapshots tend to look so stark and literal, they usually don’t capture the FEELING. Markets are fun because of the goods, you don’t expect a slick and snappy shopping mall presentation, your focus is on the food and crafts, and chatting with people. In pics, you see the mish-mash of basic tabletop presentation, but you don’t get the…experience. This one is a small market, 7 am-1 pm Saturdays, around 25 vendors, a dozen with fresh veggies, and usually about three hours of fairly packed traffic during the summer. Not like a big city market. I’m the only “certified organic” guy, and only one other stand has salad greens and a good selection of veggies beyond the standards. My stand is first on the right of the pic, with the newly repainted chalkboard and sharp new collapsing metal sawhorses debuting this season. I like the really basic display and circus-on-the-road feeling of setting up at 7, gone by 1:30. It was a good day, I was there mainly to show up, with only about 30lbs of the five-lettuce-and-arugula mix to sell (the first field crops won’t be ready for another couple of weeks). It was quiet, the cloudy, chilly weather didn’t help. Chatted with lots of regular customers, handed out some CSA flyers, and sold out by around 11… Fun!

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5 Comments

  1. Glad you had a fun day at the farmer’s Market. Here’s to successful future markets.
    Sara from farmingfriends

  2. Thanks, Sara. I have BIG PLANS in minimalist design for my stand at the market this year. An expanded display area, a better sign…more on the to-do list!

  3. Wishing you every success this year. I enjoy following your progress.

    Al

  4. Erin

    Hey!
    Just remembered you mentioning a blog last time we chatted and thought I would check it out!
    It is great to read!
    “…The photo is OK, though I find farmers’ market snapshots tend to look so stark and literal, they usually don’t capture the FEELING. Markets are fun because of the goods, you don’t expect a slick and snappy shopping mall presentation, your focus is on the food and crafts, and chatting with people. In pics, you see the mish-mash of basic tabletop presentation, but you don’t get the…experience…”
    I have tried on a few occasions to capture the feel and have been dissapointed with the outcome…just the way you phrased was so spot on!
    I am so excited to be a part, even if it is tiny, of this farm and hope that my schedule will allow for some volunteering next summer when I am working!
    Great!

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