Saturday, August 24, 2013

North Island Farmer's Market

This morning I loaded up my baking and produce and headed off to my first market as a vender.  I have to say I was a bit unsure.....was there really a market for my "allergen " friendly foods ?  Have I made enough or too much?  How should I price things ? Will people trust that I've taken enough care, so they feel safe in giving it a try ?  So many questions.......

( individual berry crisps)

In the end I decided to just go with was just a test run after all !  The weather report was looking a bit damp & rain.....just a bit of wind and fluctuating cloud sun cloud sun :)  There were 10 venders today, 2 others with baking, 1 other with some gluten free brownies....the remainders sold their arts & crafts, produce, jams, teas and homemade soaps.

I didn't go all crazy with signage, displays or packaging this time......simple and too the point and it worked !  I have a bit of time until my next one to pull some of those things creative juices are already at work.   I started off the morning with a basket of veggies, 3 crisps, 2 loaves of bread, 20 cookies, 3 dozen chocolate zucchini muffins and 2 dozen coconut muffins......and returned home with NOTHING :)))  Everyone was really cool about it being my first time and excited about what I had to offer....enough to actually spend their hard earned cash :)

 ( Cheryl's Monster Cookies)

 ( Pole Beans, Scarlet runner Beans & Cherry Tomatoes)

( Chocolate Zucchini Muffins)

So.... my test trip to the market was a complete success !!!!  Yay :)  I'll be heading back for the last one of the season in a few weeks.  Switching up a couple of things and for sure taking more along.  I'm even thinking this will be the year that I actually get it together enough to be a vender at our big Christmas Bazaar :)

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