This Friday will be my fifth week at the farmers market so on Thursdays you'll usually find me in the kitchen....stirring this, mixing that, proofing the other thing. I'm finally getting a routine for the market; cookie dough during the early afternoon, bread made/risen by the evening & into the oven late that night, cookies cut & popped into the oven early Friday morning.
Grandma took Rhiannon for a while today so I was in the kitchen a day earlier making cookie dough. Got two batches in the freezer!
Last week at the farmers market was a (very small scale) success. Every week I make a little more money. Last Friday my sales totaled a whopping $35! Yeah, yeah, I know. But even after material costs, it pays for a bag or two of goat food.
I sold cookies, breads, goat cheese and even a bar of goat milk soap. And I got a few more milk customers lined up. I just gott'a figure how I'm going to sell to them as I really don't want everyone coming down to the house. Probably meet them up at the main road or bring their pre-ordered milk to the market on Fridays.
Honestly, there aren't more than a dozen vendors at the market (me, veggie guy, other veggie lady, honey guy, worm poop guy, plant lady, dog sitting lady, crafty lady, fudge lady, muffin lady) and last Friday there were only seven of us. And the foot traffic could definitely be increased if the city would actually put in a tiny bit of effort to advertise or actively pursue getting other vendors in there. But oh well. Maybe I'll take the initiative and try to round up some people. Or not.
Oh, and I got a line on some blemished produce! You know, for when we get a pig to grow out (can you hear Paul screaming?). I finally got the courage up to ask the veggie guy what he does with his old produce & he said that he gives it to a lady in the other farmers market in the "big city" when he's there (he sells at both markets), but if I wanted the old stuff from our market he would give it to me at the end of the day. Whoo hooo! Doesn't hurt to ask! And doesn't hurt to pass out homemade cookies to the other vendors either :)
He also gave me about a dozen peaches, some sweet potatoes and onions (not yucky, just not "perfect" for selling) to take home so I gott'a make sure to hook him up with more cookies on Friday. I LOVE bartering & swapping!