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Hi there! Mama here.

So we've got two weeks off from the Farmers Market, due to the Grand Blanc Family Fun Fest this week and then the Fourth of July next week. If you can make it out to the Fun Fest, I highly recommend it! There'll be carnival rides, an expo and activity tent, a classic car show, a pie-eating contest, a talent show, a beautiful baby contest, and more!

While we're sad not to be able to go to Market for a while, we're looking forward to the Fun Fest and also to...expanding our product line! Even as we speak, Papa is perfecting a new treat that we're super excited to share with you when the Grand Blanc Farmers Market re-opens July 11th!

Other than that, we're enjoying the time off and trying to make the most of it as we prepare for market and get some much-needed R&R.

Until next time,  

Sweet Home à la Mama

 
 
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Hi there! Mama here.

Farmers Market Week 2 is a wrap and 3 is on the way, and once again I'm wondering how in the world things all manage to come together. It seems like the first three days of the week are a whirlwind of label-making, baking, and bag-filling, then Market Day rolls around and it's calm and laid back for a few hours while we're there...then it's back home to put Baby to bed, unload the car, and pass out!

I was sharing a laugh at our Sweet Home booth with my new friend Timmery from R&C's Homemade Goodness (we met at the market for the first time two weeks ago) as we talked about getting all geared up for business during our kids' daily naps. We know we've got a deadline, and it makes that limited time seem very valuable! It looks like our stands will be together every week, so I'm looking forward to seeing her and her husband Bill (and their yummy Nutella no-bakes) as we work at the market together this summer.

In any case, the weather was perfect, there was a great customer turnout, and business was booming, so all in all we had another great day at the market. But now to reflect on the past two weeks and how things have been going here in the Sweet Homestead.

For starters, I tried an alternate version of our Cherry Almond Biscotti...and had less-than-thrilling results. Don't get me wrong, it was still good, but it tasted more like a cookie than biscotti and by and large everyone who gave me feedback preferred the original version. I guess that old adage is true: If it ain't broke, don't fix it! Next week we'll happily return to the original version. You'll forgive me, won't you? "Well, we'll try harder, OK? Just give us a second chance. Just don't go and cancel us without giving us a second chance!" -Garth Algar, Wayne's World

On a better note, we made an Excel spreadsheet (or at least Ubuntu's version of one) with all of our expenses and earnings to date, with a big red indicator that shows how far we have to go before we actually start making a profit. As the number we need to reach gets closer and closer, we're motivated to keep moving and work harder to get there. The spreadsheet is a great visual of our progress, and I totally recommend it to anyone trying to reach a monetary goal.

As far as the next few weeks, we're looking at having some business cards made up because people are asking about our website...and as much as I love writing, it would be so much easier to hand over a card than grope around in purses and pockets in search of a pen and paper. Some people were able to visit the site from their phones right there at our booth though, which was great!

If you're becoming a regular here at our blog, be sure to check our home page often because that's where we advertise our specials. For example, in honor of Father's Day (here's looking at you, Papa!), dads got 10% off their total purchase when they mentioned our site. BUT if you're a dad and you're just now seeing our site for the first time, don't worry--mention it at the market this week and we'll still take care of you. ;)

Which reminds me... If you've seen us at the market or tried our goodies, why not let us know what you think? Go to our contact page and send in a picture or testimonial of how you've used our products, and YOU could be featured on our website! Wouldn't that be sweet?

Until next time,

Sweet Home à la Mama

 
 
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Hi there! Papa here. 

The title implies Farmers Market is a big produce-laden brawl or something, but it's really about as peaceful as you can get on a Wednesday evening--I just say "Round 2" because it sounds exciting!

Last Wednesday I left for work, leaving Mama and Baby at the homestead, not knowing what I would find in downtown Grand Blanc when I got off work (I had seen the demo stand set up temporarily in our living room with the assorted decorations, but it's not quite the same as the real thing). When I got to the market, it was so fun to see my wife and son in their aprons, busying themselves around the supplies. When I saw the "Sweet Home à la Mama" banner and the cash register all set up, I couldn't believe it all really materialized.

Tomorrow will be a busy day for both Mama and me. At 6AM, I'm going running with a friend of mine who wants to get in shape and needs some motivation. I also realized I need to start running again when I got winded the other day going up a flight of stairs! After that, it's a full day of work, and then off to the market to help wrangle Baby--erm, I mean, sell granola.

What will tomorrow hold? Will it rain? Will it be windy? Will it just be a sunny day? Will there be enough Biscotti after people see this appetizing picture?!

Until next time,

Sweet Home à la Mama

 
 
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Hi there! Mama here.

Our first day at the Grand Blanc Farmers Market is officially a wrap! It was the first Wednesday market of the season (they run it on Wednesdays and Sundays) and there were six or seven stands lined up alongside the road in downtown Grand Blanc.

We were assigned a spot between Sweetz Sugaring (a maple syrup company based in Imlay City) and R & C's Homemade Goodness (a cottage food operation in Fenton that sells breads and yummy Nutella no-bake cookies). We could feel the energy in the air as businesses unloaded their trucks and set up their tents, and we got to meet some of the other vendors as we walked around to check out their stands. A woman from the Porter's Orchard booth even brought over some apple cider slushies to welcome us to the market...and boy did they hit the spot in that late afternoon heat!

We learned a few things (take inventory before we go, bring weights for the tent), met some great people, and all in all had a thoroughly enjoyable first day. Baby even managed to entertain customers with little dances in the walkway, so there was never a dull moment!

It's hard to describe what it feels like to have reached our first major goal as a business (selling at GBFM). Do we cry? Jump for joy? Twiddle our thumbs and decide what to reach for next? A little of each? Maybe it's best if we just go to bed...after all, it's been an exhausting (albeit highly satisfying) day!

Thank you to everyone who came out and stopped by our shop!

Until next time,

Sweet Home à la Mama