Summer is here and my farmers markets are a go!
Covid-19 has forced some changes though. Both my Saturday and Sunday markets are in different locations and have rules in place to keep everyone safe.
I am fortunate that this "new normal" has keep me busy. Like everyone else out there, I worry about personal safety. I LOVE doing farmers markets, in part, because I get to interact with a lot of interesting people. This year, social distancing guidelines dictate that we should not do that. I have done a lot of soul searching about how I market my wares. the result is that I have decided to cut back on the number of markets I will participate in this year. Right now, I am not sure how often I will be at the market, but I am considering once or twice a month. Initially, I will be limiting my selection to honey and soap. Other items can be ordered in advance, and I will bring them to the next market. To make this as painless for everyone, in these new times, I have created an online form to order items for pickup.
My thoughts with this form is that an order place in advance, would allow me to package up an order and have it bagged up and ready for pickup at the market. Once I figure out my market schedule, I will update the form with this information. The form does not have a payment option nor does it track inventory, so there could be items that are sold out. Please give me a couple days notice before the order is to be picked up.
of course, the safest is for people to use my website. I have added our honey to the Beehive Alchemy website, although it is labeled with our Wildermann Apiaires brand. I have an option at checkout that allows for "in-store" pickup. Orders are not charged shipping and a note at checkout lets me know where the items will be picked up. Orders can also be picked up at my house if that is more convenient or timing is problematic. In some circumstances, I would also be willing to drop off orders on "off" weeks.
Below are the markets I will be participating in this year. I have added links to the Facebook pages for location and safety information.
Saturdays - Whitefish Bay Farmers Market - 8 am to noon (Starts July 11th, 2020)
Sundays - Riverwest Gardeners Market - 10 am-3 pm (Started June 7th)
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....