This past Saturday, Sammy and I got to enjoy our first Farmers Market experience! Ohhhh I was soooo nervous!
Setting up was....a bit stressful. Unloading the car and carrying everything to our spot made me tired before we even set anything up! It was pretty windy out, so we put the walls up on our canopy (I actually love that look and think it makes the booth look more professional), but we had to make sure everything was secure and wouldn't flap in the wind or blow away, and that took some extra time. And it's no secret that I'm a little OCD, haha, so everything had to be displayed just right and I wasn't satisfied until everything looked perfect. It was truly a race against time. We got there at 7:50 and market opens at 9. However, I had to leave Sam at 8:45 to go to Mother's Day Tea with Molly at her preschool, so we were really hustling. We managed to pull it off and by 8:45, everything was done and set up and our booth looked wonderful! We will more than likely arrive earlier next time, just so we are not rushing our set up and so we'll feel more relaxed.
I got back from Molly's Mother's Day tea at about 10, just in time to see a few friends stopping by to visit. :) It was so nice to have our friends periodically stop by throughout the day to see our display and lend support. The day was truly a blast. It was fun seeing our towns people and we really enjoyed chatting with everyone. We had so many people stop in and tell us how awesome our display was and how cool they thought our crafts were.
We made a pretty nice profit....and I've heard from our market friends that if you make any profit at all after product expenses, market expenses, and gas to and from, then you're doing good. I'd have to agree. We definitely are not in this to make it rich, and we don't expect that at all. Neither do any of the other vendors at the market. Of course, a profit is always nice, but we've been told over and over again by the other vendors that what they look forward to most is sharing their fresh produce, goods and knowledge with their community to better it. So awesome.
If you stopped by the market and had the chance to see us and all the other booths, thank you! Your support for us and the market as a whole is greatly appreciated! If you didn't make it out for the first day, make sure to get down to Ekone Park in Goldendale anytime between 9am and 2pm! With the expectation of this month, which is a little wonky, Sam and I will be there every 1st and 3rd weekends of the month until the end of the market season. Our next market day is the 24th.