Sunday, July 6, 2008
First Market Week
Well we have survived the first Farmers' Market Week. Wednesday in Charlottetown was pretty quite and the other vendors said it would pick up as the summer went along. Our produce sold very well and I was quite pleased with the response. The CSA pick up went great and I hope everyone was pleased with their shares.
The first farmers' market in Summerside on Saturday was crazy. We had received much publicity in the days leading up to the first day and the people came out to show their support. It was overwhelming at some points with so many people lined up for veggies. It was awesome. Derek and I were moving our hands as fast as we could counting change, packing peoples purchases in bags and trying to have at least a second to chat with them in between. We had the following items for sale the Summerside Farmers' Market.
New Potatoes (neighbors from up the road)
We were basically sold out a little after 10:00. We have never had those kinds of crowds before and I had not harvested nearly enough for the demand. I'll know better for next week. We had great response from customers about the new market location. Everyone said it had such a "market feel" and many said they were very impressed. Alot of work and planning had gone into the first day by so many people. Arnold Croken from SRDC, Pat Ross contractor, Gerry Reicheld market manager, Arthur Davies farmers market co-op board, Peggy Miles promotion, and many others did so much to ensure Saturday's first day was a success.
We also were highlighted on CTV news Saturday evening at 6:00. Dan Veo did a few interviews during the market and I was one of them. I have never been on tv before, it was pretty neat.
Unfortunately I did not get many pictures this past week as I forgot my camera down in Charlottetown and I was so busy yesterday that I didn't get a chance. Here are are a few pictures from the garden.