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Incognito as a Market Customer

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I had taken off from the Market this weekend because I’d initially had ideas of going to the beach with my main squeeze for the long holiday weekend. The iffy weather ruled that out, though, so we stayed home and did A LOT of Spring Cleaning that didn’t get done this Spring. 🙂 Yesterday morning, before I got down and dirty with house cleaning, I decided I needed to stop by the Market for essentials like veggies, granola, soap, and cookies.

To my delight, I had to wait in LINES to pay for my purchases! A lovely steady breeze and plenty of shade made it the perfect morning for waiting. Bilrey Farms was packed with customers. I got some local red potatoes, onions, and butternut squash. I’ve never cooked butternut squash before, and when I mentioned that to the vendors, I got recipe ideas galore from both the vendors AND the other customers! It seems like the hardest part of preparing this squash will be deciding which delicious way I should prepare it! Bilbrey Farms is also now accepting applications for their CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Memberships — You could pick up your very own box of fresh, organic, locally grown produce every week at the Market beginning in October!

I got a chance to browse a few other booths on the North End of the Market. This is a rarity in my life these days since I’m usually manning my own booth. I’ve been a vendor since December, 2012, so I was really amazed to see how much the North end of the Market has grown! I haven’t been able to give much of a shout-out to the North End of the Market thus far, and regretfully so. Those of us on the South End are only half a Market without the guys and gals on the North End!

As I made my way back to the South end, I found Sugarbuzz buzzing with customers wanting Peaches & Cream Cheesecake and Snickerdoodles. (I may have done myself a disservice by letting out the secret of their fabulous Snickerdoodles!) I was really glad that during my Spring [Summer] Cleaning, I found the mixing bowl that went with Ron’s antique mixer — my mom had the same mixer when I was growing up! I brought it to give to Ron and now he has a complete, working antique mixer!

I also brought some fabulous wool yarn I’d had for a while and gave it to my buddy Stephanie, whose booth is at the extreme Southeast end of the Market. I know some knitting basics, but not enough to do this gorgeous yarn justice, so I was glad to find it a worthy home. Next week, I am going to bring my knitting needles and my basic knitting skills, and Stephanie is going to give me a refresher!

I got hugs from my buddies Janet (Dutchy’s Granola) and Sharon (The Soap Magician). Granola and soap, of course, too! I wrapped up my visit with a lovely Peach Rooibos iced tea from Matt at Teaki Truck.

It’s so hard to stay away from the Market for even one week. I was glad I got to visit since I couldn’t be there with my booth. I wasn’t unproductive in my time off, though! I finally got my sewing/art studio set up in the backroom of my house! It’s a great feeling of accomplishment to see my mental picture take shape in reality, and I can’t wait to work on new creations for the Market now that I have an organized and beautiful space to work in!

Perfect long desk/workspace from Ikea -- Plenty of room for my machine and cutting mat!

Perfect long desk/workspace also from Ikea — Plenty of room for my machine and cutting mat!

All of my fabric, notions, tools, etc. organized neatly in my Ikea cubbies!

All of my fabric, notions, tools, etc. organized neatly in my Ikea cubbies!

Best of all, I have my kitchen back, which previously housed Swan City Stitchery’s HQ. 🙂 Lots of counter space for trying butternut squash recipes now!

There are only THREE Saturdays left in this Market season before we close for August! If you haven’t been out to see us in a while, take advantage of the time you have left! If you’re a regular, we appreciate you so much and look forward to seeing you during our last couple of weeks!

What are your plans for your Saturdays in August? I know I have lots of sewing designs in mind that will be taking shape in my brand new studio!

Peace,
H.

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2 thoughts on “Incognito as a Market Customer

  1. Thanks for visiting our booth and the North end of the market! We hope you enjoy the veggies, especially the butternut squash which is among our favorites! ~Bilbrey Family Farm~

    • Was very glad to make it down your way! I’m very much looking forward to using your veggies in a dish tomorrow evening. Thanks to Pinterest, I now have plenty of ideas for butternut squash (I’ve eaten it before – just never cooked it myself), so I’m sure I’ll be back for more! 🙂

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