Market Day!

A wonderful way to start the day.

A wonderful way to start the day.

It’s a cool morning.  After the blistering heat and humidity we had here last week, I’m a happy camper.  The van is loaded and we’re off to market in a little more than an hour.  Our market is small, it’s in an old converted barn (my stall is actually a stall) but it’s got a real sense of community.  We’ve been together for a few years now, us vendors, and we look forward to catching up each Saturday as much as anything else.  Lawson and Juanita make me breakfast, Katherine gets my coffee ready in exchange for a giant cookie.  Monic is next to me and her pies are to die for.  Alan and I talk about gardening and homesteading.  Jonathan and Maureen not only have lovely painted glassware, but are two of the most wonderful and kind people I’ve ever met.  It’s a real pleasure hanging out there on Saturdays.  

My booth at the Upriver Country Market in Bass River.

My booth at the Upriver Country Market in Bass River.

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My friend Natalie Richard, from Nourish Moi Health Nut. She’s a holistic nutritionist and sells a variety of local products from New Brunswick producers like Speerville Mills.

One of my most recent projects was wedding favours.  How cool is that?  My friend Helene’s daughter got married and I did mini jams up for her guests.  It was a lot of fun.  I also learned that putting little lid toppers on takes a lot longer than you would think.  But they turned out great.

Tiny jams, ready to be wedding favours.

Tiny jams, ready to be wedding favours.

There they go!  175 mini jars of jam.  Congrats Pam and Mark!

There they go! 175 mini jars of jam. Congrats Pam and Mark!

My vacation time is nearly up and I’m back to work next week.  Doesn’t it feel like you always need another two weeks off?  I have just started getting all my projects done.  The first week was almost just veg out a little and catch up on lost sleep.  The second week is where I start being productive.  So many projects to do outside and summer is so short!  My garden has been hit or miss this year.  Some things are doing well, other things haven’t come up at all, which is kind of frustrating.  We had our first feed of lettuce last night, and the potatoes plants look like they are doing really well in the new potato boxes.  What a neat thing!  I promise pictures and an update on if growing potatoes in boxes works as well as advertised.  So far, so good. 

Time to finish off my cup of tea, wake up the troops and head out.  Hope your day is as full of promise as mine is.  

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