As I said goodbye to my last client Nancy on Friday afternoon, she said, “Got big plans this weekend?” To which I proudly replied…“I have been invited to attend and sell my chicken and duck eggs at the New Braunfels Farmers Market on Saturday.” “Really?…she said. “I have never been to that market, how is it? Maybe I’ll drop by!” Well, she did. And by the time she reached my booth, she had homemade bread and baguettes from C’est La Vie Baking Company, vacuum packed pork shank from South Texas Heritage Pork who believes that happy healthy hogs produce exceptional pork, as well as a plastic bag of the most beautiful tomatoes and okra, I had ever seen from Peralta’s Farm. In perfect alignment with her desire to stay ahead of the aging process, I spied a tub of Hemp Facial Scrub in her bag from my new buddy Christopher, the owner at Hemp 360…who has a booth directly across from me in “producers row.”
You see, Nancy already buys my duck eggs at my day job…the salon, so even though she didn’t need to stock up, she found plenty of great things to fill her bag.
The day was a success! We sold out of 32 dozen duck eggs and all but a few dozen chicken eggs. Yay!
Prior to being part of the market in New Braunfels, I had this idea in my head that a farmers market was supposed to be about the farmer. I wasn’t interested in a bunch of art and coffee and soap. I wanted it to be about the farmer. The market not only opened my eyes, but my mind…to all of the possibilities. Being with people who just want to be part of the bigger picture is more than I could have asked for. The day was one that came so simply. One of welcoming your neighbor with a smile, a hot cup of coffee and a bar of soap to clean up with, after a long day.
As I pulled away with my signs and table neatly packed in the back of my truck, I felt like I may have a chance at being part of that bigger picture. One of sustainability, one of hope. My sincere thanks to Risa, who brought it all together and made sure that I had everything I needed to have a successful first market, and the countless vendors who made me feel like I was one of them!