So Close To Home For A Change
As much as we really enjoy our Saturday and Sunday trips to Oliver, British Columbia to vend at the Oliver Indoor Flea Market, the Princeton Chamber “Make It, Bake It, Grow It” Markets are not just in our hometown, the actual venue is located just a single kilometre from our home. George pointed that out to me last week and took full advantage of that fact when we got set up for our first vending date there. He actually had a plan of attack to make vending here weekly a bit easier on me. First, he selected about 25 JamBusters! products from our over 50 to feature at the Chamber Markets. He inventoried what we had in Oliver and I filled some blanks with new batches last week. Second, he loaded the car with our canopy, tables, decorations and assorted other ‘set up’ stuff and unloads it and me at the venue first. Then he goes home and gets the product that will be featured at the market. So far, and only two weeks into this, it seems to be a good plan.
So Far, So Good
Our first Tuesday selling JamBusters! was great. We sold quite a few jars and George’s idea of just focusing on 25 or so items from our product line made everything easier. Plus, we got to see some local ‘regulars’ who normally purchase our products when we were vending at other local events. Being able to have access to us more frequently in our home town is going to be attractive to some of them, I’m sure. Both George and I are very encouraged by the response and anticipate the outdoor, mid-week market becoming an even bigger event as the weeks pass. There will be a total of ten weeks that this will be held and although we are not sure if we will be at it each Tuesday, we do see potential in participating just the same.
Fruit And Veggies
If there is a downside to this time of year, it is that a lot of the fresh ingredients I use in the JamBusters! product line is entering harvest time. We got a lot of cherries, last week we picked up a huge load of Red Russian garlic and earlier today (July 24, 2018) George and I were picking apricots for other recipes that will become JamBusters! products. It is a hectic time and as much as George tells me to pace myself, I know I need to get my hands on these fresh fruits and vegetables while I can as we have such a full vending schedule ahead of us in August and September. I know both of us will be looking forward to a holiday break in the fall. But for now, JamBusters! is keeping us busy and that makes us both very happy.