Sunday, July 4, 2010

Surprise Market for the Grateful Dumpling

In a good example of the fact that you just never really know what life has in store for you, we went into last week's local market with really low expectations and it turned out beautifully, except for the fact that we could have sold a lot more. In fact, we sold out about halfway through the market, but it was all okay. We went into it remembering the previous week where we ended up with so many extra dumplings. It was a bummer. Obviously we didn't want so much to go to waste, so basing our numbers on previous weeks, we went in with a safe number, and people came in droves. We're even developing a loyal clientele, which is a really cool thing.

We felt bad we sold out, and we lost out on developing new customers, which ended up going elsewhere for their meals, but we didn't seem to mind, because it was such a beautiful afternoon, and everyone had a great time. A&N's buddy came over with a peace offering after a traumatic playdate, and they ended up reconciling things, which we are glad for because he really is a nice kid, and we really like the parents, who are great people.

So the kids went off like usual and went crazy, we hung out and had a nice evening with our neighbors, and the other vendors seemed to do well, which is a great thing. Betsey Stewart played guitar and sang, and she was outstanding. She is a professional musician who performs throughout the area, and she has a beautiful voice and sang some of my favorite obscure songs, including Our Town by Iris Dement. I love that song.

She was nice enough to A get up and play, as well. She performed two of her own songs, and I just get a huge kick out of seeing her perform. Thanks to BS for being so patient and kind.

A also connected with a new-ish buddy, SR, I believe, but I could be off a little on that one.

It was a wonderful evening, the weather was cool, people came out to show their support, and everyone had a great time. I love our local market, it's such a nice time and a great way to rub elbows with friends and neighbors. People are saying that it is growing, and the numbers here at the Grateful Dumpling seem to support this, but only time will tell.

Until the next time, thanks for reading, and thanks to Marcel Hol for the pic.

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