Sunday, June 1, 2014

First Farmer's Market

With this post, now you all will know one of the reasons why I haven't been blogging quite as much as of late :) . . . the past month or so in the midst of regular busyness, I have been getting ready for my first farmer's market!

Some of the preparations involved were designing business cards and having them printed, making tablecloths, making lots of soap, designing signs, finding and getting frames, baskets, etc. for the display, finding and getting a tent, and more.

Soaps curing

 The business cards

With all of the preparations done and a weather forecast without rain, yesterday morning found us up early in the morning, getting the chores and milking finished, loading up the last few things in the truck, and then heading out.

At the market when we were setting up

Since this was our first market, my Dad was so thoughtful to want to come help us set up, so we three had a fun time together doing that! He's also the one who took the photos . . . I didn't even think to take close-ups of the table, but you can see what it looks like in it's entirety in the photo below . .  .


It was a wonderful morning, and Leah and I enjoyed not only spending time together, but visiting with the other vendors as well as the customers. Many of them were older people and we had some lengthy and much enjoyed conversations with some of them!

Our honey ended up being quite popular and especially the light-colored spring honey which we just harvested. So I know one thing I will be doing this week . . . bottling some more! Now that things are going to be at a slower pace what with all of the preparations for market being finished and also having almost our whole garden in, I should have a little more time to post. At least that is what I am hoping. :)

There is much to share what with the final post about the conference (I have been working on it and have it just about finished), as well as about the garden, beekeeping/capturing swarms/extracting honey, a family outing to a conservation area for my Mom's birthday and more.

And also sharing about this . . . .

So cute!

 A friend of ours wanted to take photos of her three-month old son with our baby rabbits so she and a friend of hers and her little boy came over for a few fun hours.

He wasn't quite so sure about everything at first!

Once he got down with the rabbits and his Mommy started 
talking to him, then the smiles started coming!




Rebecca was helping him 'pet' the rabbit

By the time the photo shoot was over, all the babies were worn out . . .


He fell sound asleep as I held and rocked him while the rest of us
had an enjoyable time visiting

So there are some of the highlights of our week! (And thank you, Lydia, for sharing the photos!)

10 comments:

  1. Your tent at the farmers' market looks wonderful! My family and I used to sell our sewn items at farmer's markets. We had fun and met some lovely people.

    Your bunnies are soooo cute! : )

    -Sarah

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  2. So nice to hear of your debut into the world of farmer's markets. Hope it continues to be as success for you!

    The photos of your baby rabbits and that cute little boy are so sweet!

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  3. Glad your first Farmer's Market was a success!

    Aww! It's so cute! My favourite picture is the one of the bunny just about to kiss the boy. That's so precious!

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  4. I'm sure you had to put a lot of work into getting ready for the market, Sarah. I have done some Charity sales in the past and I know how much planning goes into it all. Your stall looked lovely, especially having flowers on, such a nice idea.
    Sweet rabbits!

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  5. Sarah...it is so satisfying to see how much y'all do for yourselves in your endeavors. To think that you raise the goats and made the soap...you keep the bees and work to process the honey...you planted, nurtured, picked, and arranged the flowers...you or Leah no doubt designed the business cards...you raise the rabbits...and so on. Truly a self-sufficient gal! Your example is inspiring. Keep up the beautiful work you do! It's a beautiful testimony.

    ~ Betsy

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  6. Thank you, Sarah! I am sure you have some wonderful memories for your family’s time at farmer’s markets. We certainly enjoyed our first time!

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  7. I am glad that you enjoyed it, Anna, and thank you!

    They are! And it was even more so in person. :)

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  8. Thank you, Leah! That photo was one of our favorites, too. She had her camera ready at just the perfect time as it only lasted a moment!

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  9. It was, Elizabeth! But it was fun work, too. Thank you for your kind words! I had seen a photo online of a farmer’s market table with fresh-cut flowers, and I loved how it looked so copied the idea. I am hoping that our flowers will provide enough of a steady supply to last the season!

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  10. Thank you for your kind and encouraging comment, Betsy! It’s an enjoyable life to live . . . a lot of work, but so worth it. Thanks so much!

    (And yes, I designed the business cards. :)

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