Wednesday, September 24, 2014

More Markets, More Money, More Headaches

We are faced with a dilemma that in reality, is probably a no-brainer for people with common sense. This, of course, excludes us. A few weeks back we did an additional market over at King Arthur Flour's Harvest Festival, which we've done in the past and had a good time with it. It's pretty manageable and we've actually created a small following for our product, with people commenting that they came just for our falafels. I know, the human ego is such a frail thing.

Either way, it's not as busy as the farmer's market, and there's a lot going on, which makes it more interesting for the kids. Plus, since it's King Arthur, there are tons of free samples and treats, and they treat the vendors nicely. This year it appeared like we were the only vendors there serving food. Last year there were crepes and BBQ, but this year we seemed to be alone. This is both good and bad because on the one hand, it means more business ($$$) for us, and on the other hand, it means more business for us. How's that for optimism? Fortunately it doesn't get as crazy as the market, and this makes more business okay. Plus, it's a relaxed atmosphere so that means less stress. At one point we were scratching our heads because King Arthur has a killer cafe that serves good food, begging the question why we were there. It didn't seem to hurt us, though, and we did fine.

Okay, back to my original point. We were asked to do another festival in Tunbridge, and the idea intrigued us, but doing a second market is a lot of work, and we sort of got fried from doing King Arthur. My personal feeling is to skip this next one, but we haven't finalized our decision yet. We shall see.

Until then, thanks for reading, and thanks to Mario Zucca for the pic.

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