A new year, a new market

It feels too warm for January. Our community garden is sleeping and we’ve been taking advantage of  the warm weather to build more raised beds and trellises.  I’m already itching to plant things and it becomes too difficult to wait a few more weeks before sowing seeds.

I’m using my time now as Market Manager to plan for our upcoming season. While our growers are plotting what crops to plant, I’m plotting on the best way for those future crops to reach our customers. I’m also searching for new vendors to join our group. I’m dreaming up ways to entice customers to come visit us on a Saturday morning.

I spent this past weekend at the Missouri Farmers Market Association’s Annual Meeting in De Soto, Missouri.  It was great to meet other people as passionate as I am about local foods and local farms.  Friday we toured several farms – learned all about alpacas, high tunnels, and maple syrup.  Yes, maple syrup.  Mmmm.   Check out the link.  You’ll see me making friends with a rather large Belgian horse at Single Creek Draft Horse Farm.  Saturday I picked up ideas from fellow market managers and vendors during the annual meeting and presentations.  I came home with a head full of ideas for our fledgling market.

It may be quiet in the garden, and our market area is empty right now, but I’m busy. And that makes me happy.