Well, I wanted full summer ...
... and I definitely have it! Yesterday, was the first market day of the East Side Green Market and today will be the first day of the Riverwest Gardeners Market. Hopefully the weather holds out!
But that's not the whole picture... we also have markets on Wednesday and Thursday. You can view our calendar here, but I will outline it in detail here.
Wednesday is the Waterford River Market. Although it has been going on for a couple weeks, This coming week will be our first week there. Its located in Ten Club Park, which is a quaint park on the river, in the downtown area. It runs from 2pm-6pm.
Thursday is the St Andrew Farmers Market which is on the north side for Racine (technically in Caledonia, but I wouldn't have known that without the market being there), on Four-mile Road. It runs from 2-5:30 and has been going on for at least a month. It was off to a slow start, but I think it will be a lot more busy as the season progresses. Getting there can be a bit challenging though. There is construction on hwy 32 south of Four-mile Rd and also Four-mile road itself, west of hwy 32. I have no issues getting there though, since it is a breeze to come in on Hwy 32 (rather than the hectic I94) and then a left run on 4-mile rd, Go down the road a couple country blocks and St Andrew Church is on the right.
Saturdays we are signed up for 2 markets over the course of the summer and this is where the calendar comes in handy. Early on, we will be at the East Side Green Market, which is in the Beans & Barley parking lot. It runs from 10am-2pm. If yesterday was any indication, it will be a great market. It has a nice, synergistic feel. Later in the Summer we will be at the Whitefish Bay Farmers Market. This will be our third (fourth?) year at this market and I LOVE it! Although it is right next to a busy commercially lined street, it is actually situated in a residential area with lots of trees lining the streets. It is not so much of a "drive to" market as a "walk to" market; usually with dog and family in tow. Of course, I can't neglect the ESGM for 2 months, so I plan on skipping a day here and there at the WFB market, to keep customers happy at the ESGM. Consult the calendar for where we will be.
Sundays we are at the Riverwest Gardeners Market. This is a new market for us, so I hope it works out well. It is in Garden Park, which is on the southwest corner of Locust & Bremen. It runs from 10am-4pm, so people have plenty of time to shop!
Beyond the weekly markets, I am also considering other events. At the moment, the only thing I am doing for sure, is the Waterford Balloon Festival in late July. I LOVE hot air balloons, so having a front row "seat" for the event is very exciting. It is an all-weekend event, but we will only be selling our wares on Friday night and all day Saturday.
New Event Set-up
I was accepted into a new event called RitzCrafters in Madison and it was held last weekend. First off, Thanks to all that came out!
Since it was held at the high Noon Saloon, which is a great location, but a bit tight for a art/craft event, we were all allotted 6'wide and 5' deep. WHAT? I am used to 10'x 10' for my summer markets, so scaling down to such a small booth required a change. And I was allowed to bring my honey... which needed its own space.
Several weeks back we bought a whole hiveyard of old beekeeping boxes and pallets. Most were rotted out and not salvageable, but those that weren't, had STORIES. They are made from wood not readily available anymore, with names of apiaries stamped, burned, or carved into the sides; years of use showed with layers of beeswax and propolis. We took seven of them, cleaned them off, sanded, scraped and later waxed them to use them for my display. The shelves and backs are parts of salvaged beehives as well.
This is my set-up at the event. Sorry for the goofy lighting, it was a bit dark, so we needed lights and there was a series fo windows beyond my booth, which made picture taking a bit of a challenge.
I really like how they turned out, however they *could* be a bit lighter! What they allow me to do is to carry and store my product in the same box. Before, I would need to carry my items in separate containers and individually set them up on shelves. Now, I just set it upright, and do a bit of arranging. Works awesome!
Thanks to Danni for the following pictures!
Art vs Craft 2011 - the aftermath
Thanks to all for making the 2011 Art vs Craft event a great success!!!
I will be making some additional products over the next week or so, for those items that were sold out. I will post when I have them completed.
The felted soaps literally flew off the shelves and there were a number of people that needed more. This is a rare opportunity to get something custom made for no additional charge, Send me a message with your scent and color choices and if possible, I can get those made up for you. Turn around time is about a week. Right now, I don't plan on keeping more than a handful in stock.
Just a reminder about the Boulevard Bash this coming weekend. Looks like a wonderful event. You can view the poster here. We will be located close to 52nd St on the North side of the boulevard. Stop by and say Hi.
I forgot to mention that I will also be involved in a neighborhood event - Boulevard Bash on August 27th. I am donating one of my new gift sets - 'My Sunday Ritual' for the event's silent auction.
'My Sunday Ritual' contains my favorite regime for Sunday nights... right before bed I fill the tub with a bubble bath. While in the bath, I first clean my face then apply a face mask and relax. (I focus on nothing but bubbles popping in my ear.) Once the mask is all rinsed off I go to work on my feet and other problem areas. Once I'm out of the tub, I slather on lotions and foot cream and crawl into bed. PERFECT!
I got selected for Art vs Craft!
There is an event that happens here every year around thanksgiving. Every year, I have people asking me if plan on being there and every year, I kick myself because I missed the deadline to apply. This year, the organizer was at my farmers market and she let me know when the window for accepting applications opened. Of course, I *almost* forgot about it AGAIN.
I believe I will be one of 100 hunderd vendors. Which sounds daunting, but I believe they put a lot of thought into getting the mix of vendors right, that it will be awesome for everyone involved.
I will post more information once more becomes available. Yippee!!!!
I like to walk the line between the creative and the analytical. Making soaps and other body care products allows me to explore both sides. I am always in awe of bees and what gifts they provide for us. There are many things to be learned....