One of the many projects which has kept me busy this year (and subsequently away from the blog and messageboard) is my hand in helping to foster the birth of a new local Artisans and Farmers Market. You may remember from a few months back that I had quite a falling out with my previous market over ego-trips and a general "do nothing" attitude as well as their disallowing of local artisans (and dismissal of some produce vendors). Luckily a local civil group called Washington County Awarness had targeted a Artisan and Farmers market as their class of 2011 project!
I was extremely lucky to hook up with these forward thinking folks made up of citizens, who also want to see a local food and art shed thrive, in order to develop and foster a new market for Washington (and surrounding) counties which will highlight the amazing breadth of local goods available to consumers living locally and regionally! To boot we got the support of my hometown Pekin Indiana who offered us the lovely Pekin Park (Gill's Grove historically) in which to host our main season market from April-October!
On top of all this we decided to exploit the winter months to offer artisans and farmers a place to sale their wares at a time of year when income on a farm is at it's lowest. Once again my community stepped to the forefront offering Pierce Polk Vol. Fire Dept. as a venue for a once monthly winter market hosting up to fifteen vendors in concert with the fire dept. holding a benefit breakfast. The first of these markets is knocking on our door as I type.
November 19'th from 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM we will be at the first ever Washington County Artisans and Farmers Market peddling our homegrown Face Of The Earth Seed, Wood Crafts, and our brand new project; Penn Wilsons Circle W Soap (which I will write about in short order).
Come see us if you get a chance!
By the way perspective local vendors, theres still room in our main season market for many more, just shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
-Alan Bishop, Vice President of WCAF and proud Anchor Vendor of a new and growing market for the betterment of mind, body, soul, and community!