I was still just setting up when one of our first visitors arrived - the man with his pretty bird. The bird sat on my hand for a minute, but he was not happy, so he went back on his owner's shoulder. He is such a conversation piece!
One of our new crafters is a woman who paints rocks. She actually buys rocks that 'speak' to her, like this one that said 'cat'.
Isn't that neat?
And the Dahlia Guy (aka: John) is back! He is here in the Spring selling Dahlia tubers during planting season, then he goes away and comes back later in the season with cut flowers. Check these out:
He has a whole tent full of them. By the way, these are now in my place. I get them every week until he stops coming later in the season, and I take them to work where I can look at them all day. Most people ask if they are real. Oh, yeah. No smell, but they are GORgeous!
I get mine in a vase (hey, he likes me!) and set them on my table for the duration of the market. People stop by and ask if they are for sale, and I direct them to John's tent. In exchange for the advertising, I get a few extra stems in my arrangement. ;-) One of the other vendors thinks I should sell mine for a hefty profit to people who show up after all John's flowers are gone. Heck no! These are mine!! Although, several people did ask how much I wanted for them. :-) I just tell them to come back earlier next Saturday.
Here they are in their new home:
And this is my favorite of the week:
Sometimes he has them as big as my head! I cannot wait to get one of those!
I got another monster cookie from the bread people (I really should learn their names ...), which by the way is just a sugar cookie, even though it is tri-colored, but it does taste a little like an almond cookie. I also got a loaf of Rosemary bread to have with my fresh tomatoes and basil. Yum!
And Farmer Mike had tomatillos, so I got some to make an incredible salsa recipe he got from one of his customers a few years ago. Don't you just love Summer?!?!?
Oh, and someone ordered two packs of my City Cards. Yay! And I did pretty well sales-wise, too. It's always nice when people don't just look, but actually buy. ;-) Though I know a lot of people will be back, and they know I am there every week, so that is a good thing, too.
Last, but certainly not least, is this bag:
Several customers have brought one to our market over the past few weeks, and I just fell in love with it. So even though I already have several of the canvas-type Whole Foods bags, I needed to get this one today. I was immediately inspired by the concept (plastic not in a land-fill), but today I noticed the colors. Don't you see Taken With Teal, Wild Wasabi (or Garden Green), Bashful Blue (or Soft Sky) and hmmm ... Gable Green? Or maybe the new Kiwi? Definitely worth pursuing.
I feel a nap coming on, and I need to make some cards for tomorrow's market, so I am off to create! Enjoy your weekend!