My mom and I run a small baking business out of our house called Hester & Pearl. Our baked goods are stocked in a local cafe, and we also sell online. Our favorite venue, though, is the farmers market in the next town over, Sayville. We finally received our certification from New York State around mid-August last year, so we've never participated in a farmers market for a full season. Two weeks ago, the market opened for the 2014 season, which runs mid-May, all the way through November. Every Saturday from 8:30-2, we hang out and sell some stuff. Cookies, breads, brownies, and so on.
The market is held at a small park called the Islip Grange, and it's a beautiful place for a market. The Grange serves as a small historic village with some very old structures and replicas of structures from ages past. In the fall, a Long Island Civil War reenactment group throws a festival on the grounds. Last year they staged fake battles. I'm sure this comes as no surprise to my Southern friends...
We're so excited to be back this season because last year in just a few short months, we became such good friends with the other vendors. Stan, the farmer. Nancy, the soap lady. Melissa, who sells homemade soup/dip mixes, hot sauces, and herbed goat cheese. Joy, the pickle lady. The market has created somewhat of a bartering system. Sometimes Nancy will give us a bar of soap for a small banana bead. Stan will offer some leftover broccoli. Steve, a retired chef, sells packaged raviolis and makes a spectacular chili on site. Melissa just recently took over the market and is working to get more vendors in for next week and the weeks to come. I heard mention of a local brewery possibly making an appearance...they can set up shop right next to me :)
This year, I've decided to sell some of my own goods. I've made a display of bags, purses, and some leftover jewelry from past craft fair seasons. You never know when someone needs an anklet! Here are two photos I posted to Instagram yesterday:
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