Friday, June 20, 2014

Second Market Report

As hard as the work is (I guess it's not that bad), doing the farmers market teaches you some important lessons in life, and one of those lessons is that you never really know how things are going to turn out until they actually happen. With this in mind, there is no point to worrying and fretting about it, which of course is exactly what we do, but we're learning.

Two weeks ago the weather was supposed to be pleasant and nice and then it turned out rainy and cold. As a consequence, business was terrible, and we came home with a lot of product. We could freeze the falafels no problem, but everything else spoils, so we ended up eating as much as we can. Some of the veggies have a longer shelf life, but the lettuce goes bad in a day or so, and we can only eat so much salad before feeling like Peter Rabbit.

We came away from it bitter and disgruntled, and decided to cut back on production for the next market. Since we had so much falafel left, we only made a few more, and bought less of the other stuff. It was actually nice because preparation was a breeze, we didn't have to do much. The weather forecast was also beautiful every day except for market day, which called for thunderstorms. Don't you just love when that happens? We didn't have high expectations, and planned accordingly.

Well, as it turns out, the weather was nice, and it even became beautiful, with a nice breeze. The people came out in droves, and we sold out with about 45 minutes to go. We had people coming up to us near the end wanting food, and we had nothing. It just goes to show you, you never really know how things will turn out, and rather than fretting about it, it's good to just embrace a little uncertainty (within reason) and go with it. In life, you have to assume some risks and take some chances. Rather than living in fear and stressing out about controlling every situation, just realize that life sometimes throws you a curve, but often it sends you a fat meatball that you can hit out of the park. You take the good with the bad, and besides, even though we go to great lengths to control our cozy little world, things never turn out the way you plan them, so you might as well just let go and ride the wave. I'm learning that a little chaos and uncertainty is not always a bad thing.

Next market should be interesting. Stay tuned for more.

Until then, thanks for reading, and thanks to lolmanic for the pic.

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