After receiving another local order via the website, I had a light bulb moment. One of the options I now have available for my website is coupon codes. I have issued several; $1 off for product reviews and one for repeat customers. I am pleased to announce that local customers can use a coupon code for free shipping.... LocalOrder.
Read all about it on my new shipping page
... 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.
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 LOVE it! If your not familiar with it, it is a really dry feeling oil which is naturally high in antioxidants, carotenoids, and essential fatty acids. It has been popluar in Europe for a number of years, but just recently has come into the spotlight here in the US.
I make an eye cream, face cream and all-over body milk. I just restocked my argan oil eye cream and need to replenish my supply of argan face cream. I have also been working on a hair oil that together with some broccoli seed oil, delivers shine and a bit of moisturization. I have a formula that works, but I want it to have a bit more body (it was a bit runny in my hand), so I have been playing with various ingredients to hopefully come up with something soon.
Yesterday I finally made a new batch of my shea butter body bliss. This cream is really nice and I hope others get a chance to experience it. I am on the fence whether I should make an unscented batch, This batch is scented it with my scent du jour-Innocence.
I am also gearing up to make another batch of my semi-solid shaving cream soap. My testers gave it rave reviews. This time I am making a bigger batch.
this last weekend I also made up a bunch of votive candles (70 to be exact) that slated for a wedding. I hope she will be pleased. I used a new batch of wax that is nice and light and more lemony in color than previous batches.
I made 2 batches of soap recently and I am pleased with how they both turned out. since I have endless energy for carrying out my NEW ideas, I made the full moon soap first (on the day of the full moon) Since this moon is also known as the thunder moon, I used that as my inspiration. While it doesn't look like the roiling thunder heads that I envisioned, it has a very cool, more stylized look that is probably more appropriate for soap. Not sure I was totally successful in executing my vision of gray mist below, dark purple/blue and black clouds, with some white above the clouds. This is a cut bar. What do you think? Oh, and did I mention it smells WONDERFUL?
Then last night I made my breakfast bar soap. It is a slightly tricky bar of soap to make, since it has honey, goatsmilk, and yogurt in it, It also has ground oatmeal in it and some whole oats on top. I expected it to look darker than the last batch, but I was pleasantly surprised to find it looks almost the same. No pictures, since it looks the same as last time and its a boring soap to photograph.
This post marks a milestone for me. My website is done enough so that I can show the world and finally get some feedback. There may be some additions and changes, but I am pleased with the general look of things.
If you're reading this, please leave me a comment. I need to check to see how the process works. Thanks!
This is my first post in my new blog. Yippee!!!!!
My intent is to use this blog as a up to the minute resource on what we are up to creatively and where to find us locally. While I doubt it will be a daily blog, I intend on updating once or twice a week. We'll see how that works.
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....