Yesterday we held our last 2014 Farmers’ Market at the Tiny Diner. While we thought we might have to cancel due to the steady rainfall, we re-located the small market to the Tiny Diner patio under the wide umbrella of the solar array. Little did we know the rain drops in the background, mixed with accordion music, sweet TD honey samples, and bundles of fresh food would make the space feel as magical and as synergistic as it did.
For the grand finale, we invited our Tiny Diner Beekeeper Susan Brown of Mademoiselle Miel to be our information specialist. She spoke to visitors about the Tiny Diner rooftop beehives, gave out samples of our first TD honey harvest, and sold small samples of her delicious honey-filled bon-bons! She even brought her demonstration hive, where her lady honeybees graciously bundled up and joined us – creating enough warmth you could feel their heat through the ventilation window of the box. Thank you Susan for your time, smile, and expertise!
Our fabulous growers included Growing Lots Farm, Back to Roots Farm, Racing Heart Farm, You Betcha Kimchi, and the Tiny Diner Farm (rural and urban sites). Our artists and craftspeople included Laura Lund with wonderful African fabric clothing and Emily Floyd with leather jewelry. Jane P. played some of the best market music yet – and we even had some people take to the dance floor.
As the rain subsided, our table candles were no longer bright enough to see our vendor tables, so we all packed up and headed inside to share our favorites times of the market, eat some warm food and drink, and celebrate together – without working!
Co-managers Emi and I learned a lot about market promotion and organization, experimented a bit with farmer-to-chef connections and stamp card incentives, and had tons of fun seeing artists, musicians, growers, and neighborhood members every Thursday throughout the summer.
With such a splendidly warm finish to our cold outdoor market yesterday, we are excited to start market planning in 2015. But first, we have to preserve all of our market goodies and enjoy the season’s bounty. Thank you all for coming out. And remember to support this very local market next season.
The only way to have local produce is to support local producers – a fair wage through food purchases!
TD Farm Manager
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