Well the much anticipated first Wheeler Farm Farmer’s Market is in the books. I did not get much sleep Friday night as I have been looking forward to being a vendor at a market for several years but I never felt like I had the time to commit to the endeavor. I spent most of Friday getting everything ready to go. My friend brought the utility trailer Friday morning and he took my boat in exchange. I loaded the three bins, painted my sign and built a few more compost screens to take to the market. I ran a few errands and by Friday night I felt like I had prepared for everything. I had a few glitches in the morning though.
I got up early and was ready to tie down the bins but I could not figure out how to loosen the new tie downs I had just purchased (no instructions in the box). I figured out how to tighten them but I did not want to get to the market and not be able to get them untied so I went with my old tried and true bungie chords. I used every bungie that I own and felt pretty confident that I could make it the seven miles or so to the market. I did not make it around the corner when the first bungies shot off. I had to stop three times but I made it with all the bins intact. I was able to find and pull right up to my vendor spot and I quickly unloaded the bins and parked the truck and trailer. My help decided to sleep in so I was on my own to unload and set up.
The set up went well but I found out the ground was hard as a rock and I could not get my sign post into the ground. I ended up propping it up with my worm bins and a bucket of compost that I brought to demo. My help showed up shortly after (with the tie downs) and they had a full day of hanging out at the market. My seven year old son Mateo kept asking me for money while I was talking to potential customers so to shut him up I gave in several times. I think he got me for about thirty bucks. He came back with face paint, two lemonades, two snow cones, a wrist band for the kid area and I think he padded his college fund. Oh well, it kept him busy.
I met alot of nice people and talked compost, bins, screens and worms all day. The kids had a good time seeing the redworms and I believe I have several people interested in purchasing bins. I will be following up on the email list that people signed for more information.
The world is indeed small. The guy in the next booth has a girlfriend who was in my intro to criminology class that ended last week. Good to make a new friend as he helped me load the bins back on the trailer at the end of the day.
All in all the market was what I expected it to be. I am looking forward to the start of the Farmer’s Market season at Wheeler Farm on June 3. Hope you come and visit. It’s such a nice venue to hang out on the farm. I appreciate my good friend London who showed up to visit with his two girls. He is a recent compost convert as he has a three bin that he is excited about. He is also smart enough to know how to use the tie downs. Thank god for friends as I made it home with no unexpected delays with the bins firmly tied down.
I think I like this retired stuff.