Market Report: 1/30/10
How's this for setting a new record? This is easily the earliest Market Report I've been able to post in any year!
That's right, Local Roots reopened today -- but not as a farmers' market, as an honest-to-goodness store that features local foods. Producers didn't have to be on-site (though a handful were at least part of the time), and items for sale were arranged by general category (with shelves or tables for producers to display their products):
The new freezer and coolers housed locally-produced meats, cider, milk, butter, cheeses, and LOTS of eggs.
One row of display units featured racks of assorted baked goods (mine are on the top shelf here)...
...while the produce growers had the tilted tables in the middle of the floor loaded with potatoes, onions, squash, apples, and high tunnel roots and greens.
The new coffee bar does not yet have all the equipment needed for brewing freshly-ground locally-roasted coffee, but One Happy Guy offered samples of his coffees throughout the day.
At the other end of the coffee bar, a glass pastry case allowed local bakers to show off their special items: muffins, bagels, German lye rolls (oh, heaven!), and my specialty (far end of the top shelf), pains au chocolat, made with homemade croissant dough using local eggs, butter, and milk. (Sorry, I didn't get a better photo; they went fast!)
While we didn't have as many people stop in to shop as we did at the holiday farmers' markets, the crowd provided a steady stream of activity throughout the day, and most people seemed impressed with the store design.
As for me, I hung around for a while and did my shopping:
--a lye roll and hobo bread from The Photographer
--two everything bagels from another baker
--gorgeous and sweet Hakurei turnips from The Winter Harvesters
--cabbage from the Amish Farmer
--a Brie-style cheese from the Cheese Guy
--croutons from the Young Amish
I also had the fun of showing Emily from Eat Close to Home around the market, introducing her to a few of our producers and generally enjoying her enthusiasm for the place. When she headed out to return home, I followed her to drop my groceries at home before coming back to the market for a community garden discussion in the afternoon.
All in all, I did pretty well in sales: the only perishable item that didn't sell was a final loaf of bread, and the rest of what didn't sell (one bag of granola, some biscotti and cookies) will last until next week. The pains au chocolat were a very big hit, so I think I will have to make those again sometime (but not next week).
So here we go again -- another market season, starting early!