Farm Life

Meet Me At the Market

What a month so far!  Summer is in full swing here and we have been very busy.  This summer I am attending 2 farmers markets.  My tried and true market in Winfield and the up and coming market in Andover.  I was reluctant to make much mention of my market schedule.  I really didn't know if I would be able to handle attending market this year.  Last year I was lucky enough to have Mark milk for me on Saturdays.  This year, since the commercial milk market has tanked along with the economy, Mark has had to take a town job.  That leaves me with all the milkings.  I've given it a few weeks though and things are going well.  I am really enjoying this market season so far.  My 2 youngest boys are also getting a taste of business off the farm.  They are selling lemonade and tea right alongside me.  Learning many lessons along the way.  They are saving up for some Legos.  All though they still have to practice on the saving part of it a bit.  I am selling lots of my beautiful soaps as well as tasty farm fresh eggs at this time.  I'm hoping to add ground beef and pork again later in the season.  

If you live near the Andover area I strongly suggest checking out the Andover farmers market.  It is a newer market so still on the small side but it has a well rounded selection of goods for sale.  Of course I'm there with my soap and eggs but there is also an excellent baker who makes delicious cakes, cookies, and breads.  There are local made salsas and jellies.  Another vendor has excellent BBQ sauces and spices (I highly suggest the Apricot Cajun BBQ sauce).  There are fresh cut flowers and lots of vegetables as well.  We have some talented craftsmen at the market who make unique lawn furniture, lawn ornaments and wooden puzzles.  Of course every market is not complete without a jewelry maker.  One week a vendor had gorgeous orchids for sale. I can't forget about the wide selection of pasta and sauces to please your palate.  All in all a great little market that I think is really going to take off.  I'm really excited to be a part of things.  The Andover market is on Wednesday afternoons from 3:30 to 6:30 at the beautiful Central Park.  After the market be sure to check out the new playground or library.  Then of course I will be at the Winfield farmer's market on Saturday mornings from 7:30 to 11:00.  Winfield's market is turning into quite the event with over 25 vendors to choose from!  

So meet me at the market.  I'll have my boys save a glass of lemonade for you!