The Market seems to monopolize my time these days. Only two more Saturdays, then a break until April. I'm looking forward to my "hiatus" to experiment with some more felting projects and catch up on my dying and spinning.
On Friday, I called the Market manager and asked her if I could be outside. I feel that if people are cold, they are more inclined to buy something warm, right? So, I had a beautiful location, with my tent set up right in front of the Pavilion. Other vendors offered me heaters, or thought I was just plain nuts. But I did really well, kept warm, and had a terrific time.
It amazes me that there are so many fresh vegetables still available, especially since we have had such cold weather. In this picture is Hopewell Farms, who are right down the road from me. Well, actually, just about all of the farmers are "just down the road" from me, in County terms.
That is something that took me awhile to get used to when I moved here. If you don't live in Bellingham, you are "out in the County". It's like the hinterlands, or the North Pole to the City Dwellers.
This is Rabbit Fields Farm. I just love her display and her products, although if she was really Rabbit field, she would have nothing to show at the market!! It's quite interesting to also note that most of the farmers are women!
This is our manager, Caprice. I had to go through a strict inspection to be qualified as a farmer here at the market. They inspected the farm in September, and I demonstrated all that I do with the fiber, and I have "qualified". It seems everyone is more friendly and accepting of me now. I know they had doubts that everything I was selling was actually from my alpacas, but I showed them.
Now, last, but certainly not least, since this is the master of the household, Leroy is modeling a cria coat that I had just repaired. He thinks this is very nice and warm, and didn't want it removed. Sorry, Leroy, Centennial still needs it.