Oakville Organic Farmer’s Market: Day 2 Recap

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Hello!

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Preparing for and working at a Farmer’s Market is never a dull moment!

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Before market open, you practice with your team….

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Not really, we are just dorky.

New friends across the ‘pond’…pond took on a literal meaning today, actually.

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This is Colleen from Enfleurage Organics. She makes the most delicious smelling handmade 100% organic soaps made from Organic Olive Oil, Organic Palm Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Hemp Oil, etc. Her booth is directly across from mine and the soaps smell so wonderful. I can’t wait to try them out.

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See anything familiar here?? :tongue:

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I had to meet the celebrity behind the scapes. Bahauddin (aka Bob) from The Fresh Veggies is just the nicest man ever. Eric said I looked like I was talking to a celebrity! I was a bit star-struck, I admit. [Eric just saw me on Bob’s website and he said, ‘Are you Farmer Stalking?!’] :lol:

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Bread, greens, and cherries, what more could you want?

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Blog friends!

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This is Callie from Callieflower Kitchen. She is a sweetheart. About 7-8 other ladies also came out to say hello! We had some really awesome chats about health, food, exercise, and lots of acronyms: GM’s, VOO, BSS, GS, etc. I’m thinking we need to start a ladies group!

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Just before the market opened it began to RAIN…

I thought, ok this will pass…

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No such luck!

Contrary to what the weather report said, it did not wait until noon to begin, it poured ALL DAY LONG. It rained, it blew, we covered bars, we uncovered bars, tarps went up, body chills, goosebumps, soakers left and right. You know the drill! Silly me was not thinking about rain + coldness and I didn’t bring a jacket! I was soooo damp and wet all day long.

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However, despite the weather we had an awesome day of sales! While the volume of people was down by over approx. 50% from Week 1 (our estimate), customers were buying higher quantities of bars today, with many repeat customers. We actually sold more than the 1st week!

Week 1, we offered a discount when you bought 10 bars, but this week we offered a deal on buying 3 bars and 10 bars. We found that many of the customers who only intended to buy 1 bar ended up buying 3 because they saved a bit of money. It worked well!

I also had one repeat customer tell me that he was in a meeting at work last week and had a really bad headache and was starving and he ate an Empower Glo Bar and felt so much better and his headache went away. It pretty much made my day! Then he saw another man who was at the same meeting, and he said, ‘Remember the Glo Bar I ate, this is it!’

It was a moment.

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A recruit for the future ladies group.

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Gifts for family we are seeing tomorrow…

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I can’t believe Eric came out again today. Brownie points are currently off the chart! On the way home we stopped at Home Depot and I bought him new tool as a thank you- a router that he had his eye on. Like a kid in a candy store, I tell you.

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Ok, let’s get to the goodies.

First things first, it should be noted that my green onion bulb after DAY 1 has grown almost 1.5 inches!

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I’d like to call it The Garden For The Gardening Challenged.

Here are the goodies I bought at the market…

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The upside to a rainy market day? Bread was 50% off at market close. SCORE!

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I cannot even tell you how much restraint it took not to knaw off the heel of the bread on the drive home. I kept saying ‘blog picture, blog picture, don’t ruin this beautiful bread’

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Whole wheat…

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Dear me.

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Have you ever seen a cuter loaf? What a cute bum!

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For lunch, Eric and I split a plate of multigrain bread slathered in Earth Balance, along with 2 cans of Amy’s Reduced-Sodium Split Pea Soup to warm our cold bodies. And piping hot tea.

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Words cannot describe.

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In the soup I mixed in some lycopene-rich tomato paste and I sprinkled it with 3 minute vegan parmesan cheeze.

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It should also be noted that I ate a huge hunk of whole wheat bread after the glamour shoot. I had to ‘test’ it.

I bought lots of juicy + sweet cherries. I plan on pitting some of these beauties and freezing them.

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Side note- does anyone have a cherry pitter and does it make the process significantly faster? I’ve always wanted to buy one…

SASKATOON berries:

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These are deelish…very similar to blueberries, yet they have a bit more flavour and character to them. They are a good source of calcium, folate, fibre, potassium, and Riboflavin (B2)!

And raspberries….(these were kind of hit and miss…some sour, some sweet)

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I also bought Dried Nettles, which I will use for tea.

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Nettles are supposed to be great to prevent or fight off colds or sore throats, among a huge list of things!

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I figured it would be a good idea to brew some nettle tea after working outside in the damp cold all day long. I mixed it with green tea and it was quite good!

I bought another weed and I completely forgot what kind it is…

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Anyone recognize this? The farmer said it is great in a stir-fry or smoothie.

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and….FENNEL!

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I was so excited to see fennel! I don’t have any idea what to use it for, but that is where you come in! :biggrin:

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Beautiful. Can I eat the flower? I’m not sure why, but I really want to eat the flower.

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I’m off to eat another Dark Chocolate Coconut Macaroon and see where the evening takes me! Wouldn’t you know it the sun came out and it is gorgeous outside. Might have to go for a relaxing walk later.

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Have a great night!

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Rachel Randolph June 29, 2010

First of all, love the green onion idea! I’m the only one that eats them in our house and I have to work hard to eat them all before they go bad on me. Will def be starting a green onion water garden!

Also, I had a recipe for a nice fresh corn & apple salad that called for fennel bulb on my menu this week and I couldn’t make it because I couldn’t find fennel and wasn’t sure what to sub for it. :(

Here’s the link: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sandra-lee/corn-salad-recipe/index.html

That Farmer’s Market looks so much better than any I’ve been to down here in Texas. I think the weather here makes it harder to grow fresh veggies and it’s almost impossible to find organic AND local grown fruits & veggies. So glad your Glo Bar & Ball sales are going well, there.

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Melissa June 28, 2010

congrats on a great day 2 at the market. Too bad the weather was not cooperating!
Love those breads and the nettles! Fresh baked bread is a whole new world!!
I have lived in Canada my entire life and never have I tried a saskatoon berry! They sound delish! Maybe I’ll be able to find them out west somewhere.
I want to know abou a cherry pitter too as its coming to be cherry season in the okanagan and I need to stock up
As for the weed-I think someone told you it was purslane-its super duper high in omega 3’s so eat up! I even bought some purslane seeds that I have planted (funny that I’m planting a weed!).
Love that chocolate macaroon..yum!!

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Katie June 28, 2010

Aw, look at your cute husband, all proud of you… :D

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Marin {Lemonade Crate} June 28, 2010

I have been so lax in blog reading lately. Are those the chocolate balls? I am soooo glad to see someone enjoying the recipe. Bill thought that they were a little bitter. How did you get around that? I was thinking agave. Oh well, Yay! Glad you love them.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) June 28, 2010

Nope they are chocolate macaroons!

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jENNA June 28, 2010

aww..stinks it rained…but thats cool you still had a good turn out!

your bread looks AMAZINGLY GOOD!! I love fresh berries too!! shoot i just want eat this whole freaking post!!

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Erin @ A Girl and Her Mutt June 28, 2010

Your set up looks great!

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Therese June 28, 2010

So jealous of your farmers market time!!! And seeing that we’re in desperate need of groceries in the house I’m also now craving tons of veggies after seeing all of those pictures….thanks a bunch! :P

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Jackie (Peaces of Earth) June 27, 2010

Ahhh, those farmer’s market finds look AMAZING!! I love the farmer’s market so much. :) Farmer stalking…hahaha!

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April Nguyen June 27, 2010

Hey Angela!

Hope you are well- still reading and loving your blog! Just wondering, have you heard of Chef Chloe Coscarelli? She just won Food Networks’ Cupcake Wars with vegan cupcakes (against traditional ones)! Her website also has a couple vegan recipes you might be interested in. Have a great day!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) June 28, 2010

No I havent but I just found her website! I wish we had cable! LOL

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Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter June 27, 2010

What a great farmer’s market you have there! Congrats on getting even more sales!

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laura (Starloz) June 27, 2010

i just want to eat some of that glo dough, it looks delicious

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Katherine June 27, 2010

let me know if you expand to markets in the south! I’d love to get to sell your bars :) seeing as I love walking around those fresh markets so much; rain never keeps me away
Katherine

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Jen June 27, 2010

Looks like so much fun! I just went on an edible plant walk last week and I think that weed might be purslane…it tastes kind of like spinach. Our instructor said you can use it like you would use any greens.

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Lisa (bakebikeblog) June 27, 2010

ooooh I am so glad to hear that your 2nd week at the market went well!!!!

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Colette June 27, 2010

WOW – your farmers market stand looks amazing! Congrats! And all that fresh fruit and veg is making me drool. The cherry pitter is essential. Makes life so much easier. And congrats on the green onion! It’s the only way I know how to garden without killing anything. :-)

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Jen @ Happy Heart, Happy Mind June 27, 2010

Your Farmers Market looks awesome! Your purchases are giving me a rumbly in my tumbly!!! :)

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is June 27, 2010

That is so great about the farmers market. It just sounds wonderful!

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GirlonRaw June 27, 2010

I HAVE A CHERRY PITTER and yes it makes it so much easier and quicker for me. Congrats on doing so well again at the Farmer’s Markets. You are in inspiration to us all darling!

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Heather @ Side of Sneakers June 27, 2010

Gosh Angela, I am FOREVER impressed by you & your amazingness :)

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Sarah June 27, 2010

Your farmers market posts always have me wishing I lived close enough to go!

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Camille June 27, 2010

Congrats on another great day at the Farmer’s Market!
Rain can’t stop you!

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Jess @ MTL Veggie June 27, 2010

Your pics are making me so homesick! I hope I get a chance to head home and check out the market this summer.
I am amazed by your will-power- there is no way that bread would’ve made it home without a missing heel if it were in my hands. Congrats on another successful day at the market! :)

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin June 27, 2010

That’s great that you had such a successful day despite the weather!

I’ve seen that Organic Flours shop in Burlington but never dropped in. I think I’m going to have to go get that multigrain loaf. It looks so delicious!

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sportsgirl June 27, 2010

Congrats on the fruitful day at the farmers market.

Your purchases look yummy and fun!

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AGS June 27, 2010

Wonderful recap of the market. Hearing your story, makes me happy that I go back to my local market vendors for produce. ;)

As for the cherry pitter. . . my family used to go to local orchards, picks huge quantities of fruit, and then wash, prep, and freeze huge ziplock bags of peaches, blueberries, strawberries, cherries. My dad’s job was pitting several buckets of cherries. He used a hairpin (not the bobby pin that is flat and close together, but the wider more flexible kind). So, perhaps you could try the hairpin method before purchasing another gadget.

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~Jessica~ June 27, 2010

Oi Freya, no praying for rain! It’s about time the UK got some sun :P

Huge congratulations for the rise in sales, and in such bad weather too! I think it must have been your trademark Glow radiating sunshine from your stand.

That bread looks just divine. Curse my wheat-rejecting tum!

Hope you’re having a much deserved day of relaxation today :)

xxx

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Freya @ Brit Chick Runs June 27, 2010

Great job on the market, despite the rain!! Reading about it actually makes me want to have a stall at one :P and I have to say – I’m jealous about the rain :P it’s SO hot here! I could have used some rain on my run just now….
Is that just the fennel flower? I like actual fennel sliced reaaally thinly then roasted – it has a great flavour :) raw fennel has a bit too much of a celery taste for me :s

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Candice June 27, 2010

Congrats on another great day of business…despite the rain even! I’m so excited for you! And not at all surprised that people came back from more Glo bars. Awesome!

I love the pictures of all the produce. You are lucky to have such a great farmer’s market!

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Kristina June 27, 2010

aww!! I saw Callie’s post and was JEALOUS. :) I wanna meet you ! :)

#2 ( #1 is that I wanna meet you!)

okay, #2 – AWESOME that Eric is there for you again – Not Surprised, He;s AWESOME!

#3 – YAAAY for green onion bulb ! :)

# 4 I ALWAYS say my bread has a cute butt ! NO KIDDING !! … well, and my dachshund, but that’s another but… ;)

XXO happy your Day 2 went well!

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Jenn (GH) June 27, 2010

Bummer it rained but CONGRATS on your sales. Sounds like you had a great attitude about the whole day too.

Those pictures of the fruit make my mouth water. I LOVE cherries! YUM!

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Mimi (Damn the Freshman 15) June 26, 2010

Aww, congrats on your market blow-out! Glad the rain didn’t deter sales. You’re booming!

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Amber K June 26, 2010

Yay! I’m not surprised that you had repeat customers. And that is such a neat story about that man’s headache going away.

I hope those who live near you know how lucky they are!

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Noelle June 26, 2010

Great post!!

Let me tell you, a cherry pitter is SO GREAT! You need to get one. It cuts the time by half. I freeze my cherries since I buy so many and the pitter comes in handy. I like that macaroon. Looks delicious!

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Brynne June 26, 2010

SO glad you had another successful week! You deserve it!

PS – I had Amy’s pea soup for dinner tonight too! Delicious!

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Callie @ Callieflower Kitchen June 26, 2010

It was great meeting you today! I’m glad to hear that you got great sales in spite of the bad weather. All the bars and glo dough looked delicious and your setup was so cute :)

All the produce you got looks great – I’m hoping I’ll get a chance to come back another weekend and take a closer look at everything :)

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Callie June 26, 2010

Glad you had a good day at the market. I wish I could have been there… Those globars look so good.
Wow. That onion sure did grow! Haha.

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Mikki June 26, 2010

Way to go at the market lady! I am drooling over your haul…and that bread bum OMG! so freaking cute! As for cherry pitters… here is a link to probably the cutest cherry pitter ever! I saw it on another blog a few years ago and actually the froufrou kitchen store near my house actually carries it.

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Michal June 26, 2010

I love my cherry pitter. It CAN be messy, but it definitely speeds up the process. I hold it in the bowl as I use it to minimize the mess.
I also use purslane in salads – I haven’t followed any particular recipes, I just toss it into whatever salad I’m craving.
I’m glad you had a good Farmer’s Market day! Wish I could get up there to buy some bars. Someday!

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Stephanie June 26, 2010

Great farmers market pics! I don’t think that’s fennel either though, I grow fennel in our herb garden and it has a dill-like look to it… definitely no flowers or leaves like that?

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