“The supermarket represents the season of the world. The farmers market is the season of your world.”
–Deborah Madison, author and chef

Monday, June 28, 2010

Market Manager Report for June 26

Last week we talked with an intern from The Tribune and this week she was there again along with a Tribune staff photographer (who did a happy dance after eating a beignet!). She's coming back this coming weekend. She took lots of pictures and talked with vendors and customers. Can't wait to read her article. We don't know when/if it will be published. There was an intern last summer that interviewed some of us, but there was only a teeny tiny mention of the market in a broader article.

Sweet Corn!
Patrick said he thought he would have corn by the 3rd so I'll call and see if it's ready. Rosemary had some sweet corn, but sold out almost immediately.
Carol's Perennials may be back Saturday unless they are at another market.

Phil and Edie (Sutton) were great resources to have (from Purdue Extension). Several people visited the Event Tent.

The wind has been a challenge -- the tent kept blowing over even when we anchored it to a car and tied down with cement bricks. The surrounding metal strips that holds up the canopy are bent and must be weakened. Does anyone know a structural engineer? I have an idea that I'll try out this week. The tent works fine as long as there is no wind! We've had strong winds every Saturday so far.

Thanks go to Julie Hill, a librarian at the LaSalle branch and member of the Market Management team, for mentioning the Urban Garden Market in Saturday's Tribune article - you got the hours in and everything! Let's hope the library does open July 10th. We need to brainstorm about how we can help the library and increase our own attendance as well.

Vendors: Preston Farms, Jean Rudolph, Lynn-Joyce and her beignets, cookies, and pastries, Carol's Perennials, Wendy’s Cookie Hoop-Up, Backyard Gardener, Pat the Plant Lady (with cactus and other hardy houseplants), and Kitchen Gardens Goods with greens and flowers.
Customers: 118

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