My First Day at the Farmer's Market
I took my baking. I had homemade graham crackers and homemade vanilla marshmallows. I made granola and granola bars. There was a Hummingbird layer cake, oatmeal haskap squares, rhubarb muffins, Cape Breton style oatcakes and onion & poppyseed savoury crackers.
I did not factor in the fact that I could not complete the making of the cinnamon dough last night. I forgot how long it takes to heat my steam assist oven to 450F. And then the jitters of feeling like I might be judged by peers on this, my first time, at a Farmer's Market.
Long story short, I put the cinnamon bun dough in the fridge. Too much work, too little time. I felt I was running late on baking my bread so enlisted two round heavy duty cake pans as bread pans. Thus I baked all 4 loaves at the same time. I decided that the two round cake pans were better than using my Le Creuset pots! Who would have thought?
My colleagues at the Market were wonderful! So supportive and helpful. I felt right at ease and welcome. It was a slow day but the afternoon picked up. I had so many positive comments from clients because I was trying to offer some new-to-them items. Gluten-free is a definite market that I will explore further.
I was literally giving away my Hummingbird Cake. But, hey, do I want to eat an entire layer cake? Students from my substitute classes and friends came by so I rewarded them with some cake. Anyone who bought a piece could decide the size of their piece of cake. They were happy, I was happy!
Being the analyst that I am, I kept detailed notes on the weather, the time of day that every item was purchased, male or female choices, the hourly buying patterns and more.
I am now another day smarter! Thank you to all who stopped by, whether you purchased or not. I enjoyed your comments and input. It all helps me to better serve you. I am even more blown away by the advance orders for more bread and cinnamon rolls (which did not even materialize today...but they will in two weeks because I have a pre-paid order!)