Market Day

Today was my first day as a vendor at the Farmer's Market. After a week of long lists and very exhausting labor in the garden I woke up early with butterflies in my stomach. I put the lids on the blackberry peach cobblers I made late last night, threw on my clothes (thank heavens for hats and aprons), cut my herbs and flowers, washed the new potatoes, and loaded the girls into the van already stuffed with supplies and coolers full of washed, prepped produce. My Dad came by to help me get everything loaded up and be my partner in my booth.
I don't think my hands will ever be the same, and my heart is changed for good.

Growing food is a labor of love. Selling the food you grow to the community and connecting with the people who will fill their table with your produce is deeply satisfying. After just a few months as a market gardener I will never look at a potato the same way again. I don't think I can look back now...this feels so right. I know there will be devastating challenges in this endeavor, but I feel that everything I've done for the past few years has led me right here.This is all that was left at the end of the day. A very nice sampling of almost everything we sold. Baby carrots, Red Pontiac potatoes, Yukon Golds, All Blue potatoes, basil, rainbow chard, Cylindria beets, and Chiogga beets.
Now we celebrate.

Comments

  1. It's my dream to someday be a market vendor. How fun -- your day looks like it turned out wonderfully! Your booth is beautiful and all of your produce looks super yummy!

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  2. Congratulations! You have been working towards this for a long time...I'm impressed and you deserve to celebrate. Hope you kept a cobbler for yourself!

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  3. You sound so happy, content and peaceful. Just as it should be!

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  4. Looks like a great day! FedEx me some of that blackberry/peach cobbler...yum!

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  5. Oh, my..I do know, absolutely, the amount of work, love and caring that has gone in to this endeavor.
    Good for you and you deserve to be proud of yourself. Amazing!
    ellen k.

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  6. I am so proud of you, and happy for you, Heather. Your booth and all of your offerings look so wonderful. YAY!!!!

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  7. Yae for you!!!! What an accomplishment. You have a lot to be proud of indeed! Too bad you are so far away ... you'd have another customer ;-)

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  8. I'm so proud of you, Heather, and wish I could have stopped by to be a customer of yours. I would have given in to the cobbler along with fresh veggies for sure. Your heart is finding a new home, I can tell. And I love that your Dad was there with you. Very sweet. Happy late birthday! xoxo

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  9. Congrats. What a beautiful journey you are on. Thanks for sharing it all with us. xo

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  10. Congratulations! Looks like you done good, girl! :)

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  11. OH, fun, fun, fun!!! You go girl - what an exciting endeavor!!!

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  12. Everything looks wonderful... if you were here I would be having a piece of that cobbler right now! Good luck!

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  13. Oh My Goodness, Heather! Congratulations! Everything looks so delicious and beautiful. I'm so proud of you - and you must feel soooo good.

    Hooray for growing and sharing.

    xoxo

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  14. Congrats! This is so exciting! Your booth and your bounty look fabulous!

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  15. Congratulations!!! Last weekend, my husband and I were discussing our cute little back yard garden (in our pretty big back yard) and talking of how much we would love to be market vendors someday...how we could expand the garden...how much better our lives would be...

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  16. Wow! Heather. So amazing. I can hear the smile in your heart.

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