Our First Market

by moderndomestic on May 8, 2011

Our first day at the 14th and U Farmers' Market.

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.

Sign!

Notice the stylish food handling gloves.

Our case, full of cookies and bar cookies. That case was one of the best purchases we made for the stand.

 

Stephanie and I, talking up our goods. You can't even tell we had only gotten four hours of sleep the night before.

Hand pies! Those little cupcake sign holders didn't survive the day. They all toppled over in the wind, even when we taped them down.

 

Stephanie's 7Up Pound Cake - her grandmother's recipe that she tweaked.

Stephanie, lookin' good.

 

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Olga @ MangoTomato May 8, 2011 at 10:30 pm

Congratulations!!!! So proud of you!

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Alice May 8, 2011 at 10:31 pm

That’s so awesome! I really want one of those hand pies now.

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Uncle Mike May 8, 2011 at 10:42 pm

Congratulations on your big success! Looks very professional – and tasty!

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Brooke May 8, 2011 at 10:58 pm

“Northern Style & Southern Charm” – LOVE IT! The hand pies look beautiful!!!

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FrenchTwistDC May 9, 2011 at 6:09 am

Congratulations ladies!! Hopefully I’ll be able to come and check your stand out soon. And buy lots of sweet goodies of course…

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Tammy Gordon May 9, 2011 at 6:43 am

Congratulations! You two are rock stars – can’t wait to get my Whisked! sample on.

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Victoria (District Chocoholic) May 9, 2011 at 7:18 am

Congrats! Sounds like a great start, which is well-deserved given that you offer high-quality baked goods.

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rebecca May 9, 2011 at 8:19 am

Tent weights? Wow I wouldn’t have thought of that either. I’m sure you will learn more and more every week, but I’m so glad it was such a success right from the start. The key lime pie that Jeff bought for our Mother’s Day celebration was delicious and loved by all.

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Rebecca May 9, 2011 at 8:43 am

So excited to come and see you next week!

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Kaydee May 9, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Congrats! That’s so exciting!!!

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Jim T May 9, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Congratulations on your first week! Your whole booth looks gorgeous and I wish I had one of those hand pies in front of me right now.

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Rachel May 9, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Congratulations! I’m sorry I missed it (was working at the Dupont market), but I hope to be able to stop by some time in the future!

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Capitol to Capital May 10, 2011 at 11:45 am

CONGRATULATIONS! Looks amazing.

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foxyvee May 10, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Wow! It looks like it was a great first day for you!

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Iddil May 11, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Congrats! Your stand looks fantastic and the food looks scrumptious! Our family hopes to make it out there sometime this summer!

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Aurora May 22, 2011 at 11:19 am

It looks great. I wish I could stop by and sample and then buy a bunch of those cookie bars. They look fabulous. *drool* Congratulations on your first market!

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Cook in a Bar June 7, 2011 at 8:21 am

Congratulations on your success! Great coverage in Daily Candy, too…nice! Good luck in the coming weeks of the market, I know I will try to make a stop.

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Dana @casacheesewine.com August 7, 2011 at 9:49 pm

What a great idea! And great to meet you at the DC Blogger’s happy hour. Everything looks amazing — I’ll have to check you out one weekend!

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