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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

 
 
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Hi there! Mama here.

Phew! Who knew it was so much work to get a business going?

To prepare for the Grand Blanc Farmer's Market in just about a month from now, we here at Sweet Home realized we'd need more than a shelf and a few hundred bags for our goodies... A tent to protect our stand from hot sun and heavy rain? A folding table that will fit in the station wagon? A real cash register? We never even thought of those things! So we've been scouring craigslist, watching dumpsters, and thinking of ways to repurpose things we already own in order to meet the needs of this growing little business of ours. We were recently blessed with some extra funds--hooray!--so we haven't had to take out a loan, which was one of our goals from the start.

On that note, today we scored a used cash register for $50 on craigslist--a great deal!--which is a must if we're going to be at the market. The more efficiently we can complete our sales, the better we can serve our customers. Selling to one or two people from home with a receipt book and a sales log is no big deal, but when we're talking about multiple sales in a short amount of time, that cash register will come in mighty handy.

Also, we didn't read the fine print and just found out our next bulk food order won't be delivered until the week before the market begins, so it looks like we'll keep getting our goods from the grocery store until then. Ah, well--another valuable lesson learned. ;)

Until next time,

Sweet Home à la Mama