Long Days

Friday night our faith community sponsored an art show in town that we really wanted to attend. Foolishly I thought that it might be possible to finish picking and prepping for the market in time to make it to show.  But as it turned out we were still working into the night to get ready, so we missed it.  Then we were up at 4 a.m. to prepare, load up and set up before the market opened.  Fridays and Saturdays are our busiest days on the farm.

For those of you who are farmers market vendors, obviously you already know this. For everybody else, remember that when you see your farmers on Saturday morning they’ve been up a long time after likely putting in a very long day on Friday.

But I don’t mind the long hours on Friday and Saturday (except on those rare occasions when that interferes with something else we want to do).  For me, as with most of us I assume, it is a labor of love.

And it was especially satisfying that yesterday was our best day ever at the market,  just as last Saturday had been.  Our community is beginning to support local food, and our farm, in a very encouraging way.

 

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12 comments on “Long Days

  1. Bill, I’m glad to see that your efforts in the community on food issues are starting to have an effect. After the rocky start this year and the deer challenges, it must be a satisfying feeling to see things starting to come together. Following your blog through the gardening year has given me a behind the scenes look at what, I expect, most of those farmer’s market gardeners go through to get produce to market. I now have a better understanding and appreciation for the people that decide to make their living providing food so others can eat. Thank you so much for giving a daily peek into the life and struggles of a farmer’s market gardener.

    May your market Saturdays continue to out do the last one for the rest of the season.

    Have a great long day of satisfaction.

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    • Bill says:

      Thanks Dave. Things got off to a bit of a rocky start but looking back at it now I can see that I put too much emphasis on the things going wrong and not enough on all the things that were coming together well. The demand for local food and the appreciation for how we do things here continues to grow. Hopefully that will continue.

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  2. Tina Schell says:

    We are big fans of local farmers markets and greatly appreciate the incredible work that goes into every item that’s sold. Here’s hoping the community continues to grow and become prosperous! Keep up the great work.

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  3. This is so encouraging and I’m so happy to read of this progress … I remember when it was a struggle to get people to buy and you had to cart stuff back home … so glad it’s changing.

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    • Bill says:

      Things have improved a lot. We worked hard to get the message out and it seemed to largely fall on deaf ears. But not anymore. There is definitely light at the end of the tunnel. 🙂

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  4. shoreacres says:

    Word of mouth plays a tremendous role. The folks I email-order from each week had about a dozen orders set aside the first couple of weeks. This week, they had at least 61 orders, because that’s the number a woman gave when asked for her order number. They’ve had to hire two local people to help them work the booth.

    It’s either a Zen koan or St. Augustine or both: “Focus on the work, and the good result will follow.”

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    • Bill says:

      We’ve benefited greatly from word of mouth advertising. People who try and like our food tell their friends, who tell their friends, etc. That kind of thing is vitally important to businesses like ours (and I’m sure yours too), given that we have no advertising budget.

      And I definitely agree that the key is staying focused on the work. Patience helps too. 🙂

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  5. bobraxton says:

    be encouraged; and, when possible, get rested

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  6. avwalters says:

    Congratulations. It takes time to get established and to be recognized, but it pays in the end.

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