Friday, June 09, 2006

Our First Fantastic Farmer's Market!

So this is the Farmer's Market of St. Andrews, it is held every Thursday starting at 8:30am. We do not have any vegetables or greens ready for sale, so we decided to take organic vegan baking to market till we have sufficient vegetables to fill up our booth.

To sell prepared foods at market someone needs foodsafe, so I elected myself to take the course in St. John, and visit family in the area as well.

The Course was all about salmonella, Ecoli, Camplyobacter, and other high-protein (meat) food-borne illnesses, so being a vegan I found most of this information wasn't a huge benefit, but ah well, makes me happy that I won't have to worry about all those fun little bacteria.

On Wednesday night, the night before market, I baked Raisin Oatmeal Cookies, Fruit-Filled Oatmeal Bars, and Peanut Butter Macaroons. I got finished up at about 11:30pm and was in bed and asleep probably around 12:30am. I woke up at 4:30am to start baking Muffins, I wasn't sure how long a quadruple batch of muffins would take to bake so I left a lot of time. I was done in plenty of time before market to relax before we drove into town.

One of our benefactors, Terry (Tony's Sister), lent us her car for the day. It was great having a car for market because we got to drive all the way into the market square and pop open the trunk and setup right there.

We didn't have a lot of things to setup a booth for market. So it was my mission in St. John, with the help of the Auntie Trudy Taxi Service, to find a canopy and some containers to sell stuff from. So our booth consisted of our newly bought canopy a plastic table that we were using in the greenhouse, a couple of bed sheets as table clothes the plastic containers full of vegan baking, terry's trunk as s seat, and a very old "Bantry Bay Farm" sign we found near one of the barns.

The day didn't look super nice but we had our first customer fairly quickly.

It was rainy and windy off and on throughout the day, so a few vendors packed up early and left we stayed strong until most of the baking was sold out and it was down pouring, then we packed up and called it a day. It was a great experience and nice being a crappy day so now we know that I can bake a lot more and on a nice day expect it to sell. All in all it was a fantastic day.


At 6/09/2006 02:05:00 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Bantry Bay Farmers,
How exciting it is to see things taking shape...Congratulations!!
I can almost taste the baking, smell the fresh "Maritime" air and hear the Brad's Mum

At 6/09/2006 04:28:00 p.m., Blogger lynnfield said...

Save me some of those peanut-butter macaroons! It all sounds great and hoping for better weather next week.

At 6/10/2006 03:32:00 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's beautiful. I've got a big ol' smile on my face! Thanks

At 6/16/2006 02:17:00 p.m., Blogger Anja Verdugo said...

You guys are my heros! The treats sound pretty tasty. We just discovered an organic/vegan bakery right around the corner from our house, they make such delicious stuff! How much did you charge for the snacks at the market? It's going to be so amazing for you dudes when you have veggies and it's summer and everything!


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