May 24th, 2017

I have been quite lax about this aspect of my job, and I apologize. For those who take the time to read these missives, thanks, and here is the latest blog…

I am loving this!! The Saturday market has been open 3 weeks now and managing it is exciting, challenging, and yet strangely easy. It is so beloved by the community that people are just there on Saturdays. Suddenly the market is swarming with happy shoppers, and our vendors are trying to keep up. Just as suddenly the market is over, we pack it up and drive away. Having a history of putting on a two-day festival, and spending a whole week setting it up, this instant event business is at first a bit dis-arming. But now I feel it’s perfect to have a lovely few hours to sell, buy, listen to music, eat, and enjoy a beautiful morning in a lovely setting, surrounded by neighbors and friends.

The next great challenge is the opening of the Wednesday Evening Market! Unlike Saturday, which has been going gangbusters for forever, the Wednesday market has not fared well. Both the day and location have changed in recent years, which has created a weak market, losing both vendors and shoppers as the weeks wore on last season.

This is changing. When the market opens June 7th, 4-7pm in the Cerri parking lot next to SHED on North St, it will be full: 26 vendors. That’s smaller than Saturday, which has over 40, but the quality and diversity will be just as good. There will be vendors which are not at Saturday market. There will be more prepared food vendors, because it is the dinner hour. Indian, Asian, Joe the Green Grocer, and even waffles and homemade ice cream!

We are working on opening a weekly wine tasting the first week of July. It will be held in the Wetzel Native Plant Gardens, adjacent to the market lot. It will incorporate two wineries per week, changing each week. It’s still being worked out, and the city approval will come mid -June so we’ll be advertising it as soon as we know for sure…but spread the word!

Thanks for reading…hope to see you at the markets!