We did it. We had our first Whisked! market. I will never again look at a farmer’s market stand in the same way. Whenever I see a stand I will think “Hmmm, how did they get their stuff there? What kind of van do they have? What kind of tent weights do they use?”
The day was kind of a whirlwind. It started at 6:30, when we started loading everything up in Stephanie’s fiance’s truck. We got to the market around 7:30 and quickly realized there were all kinds of things we needed that we had never thought of – like plastic wrap, and trash bags, and a trash can.
Once we had the tent set up and got our tables out, we started putting out all the cookies, hand pies, pound cakes, bar cookies, cupcakes, and savory tarts we were selling that day. And that’s when it kind of hit me that this was actually happening – after months of planning, wrestling with DCRA, recipe testing, pricing – we were actually running our stand.
I couldn’t have been happier with the way the day went. We went through all of our samples, sold out of the hand pies, and almost sold all of the bar cookies and cookies. We almost sold all of our savory tarts, and had a number of people say that they’d be back next week for one. We constantly had people coming by our stand – I think I stopped talking for all of two minutes during the entire four hour market. There were a ton of food bloggers and foodies who came out to support us – U Street Girl, Urban Bohemian, Frijolita and the folks from Borderstan, Metrocurean, Capital Cooking, DC Brit, Sangi Sarma, Thrifty DC Cook, VAScofflaw and many people I am forgetting because the day is kind of a blur.
Most importantly, we learned so much. We learned little things, like that we need to buy a hand cart to help us unload the truck. We learned that we have to sample everything. We learned that people love brownies with walnuts. We learned how we want to pack our coolers. We learned that no one buys cupcakes at farmers’ markets. After one week and one market we learned so much that our next market is going to be that much better.
Many, many thanks to Brian from Urban Bohemian, who took photos for us and helped us document our first day.