Ready. Set. Go!!!
Our page is www.facebook.com/mjfarmersmarket
Attention all MJFM fans: We are giving away a basket of the best the market has to offer - coffee, jams, bread, honey, etc.! Just get your friends to "like" the Mount Jackson Farmers' Market Facebook page and tell them to leave a comment on our wall telling us you sent them. The person who has sent the most new fans will win the basket! Contest ends at Noon this Friday! The winner MUST be able to come to the market to pick up their prize this Saturday (or make arrangements to get it.)
Ready. Set. Go!!!
Our page is www.facebook.com/mjfarmersmarket
We had 7 vendors today, along with a few more potential vendors stopping by to check us out. We are still working on getting more produce in, as well on continuing clean up of the interior of the building. Little by little we are forming a wonderful place. Our latest addition is a "temporary" sign to the front of the building - temporary because we hope to replace it int he near future with a more permanent installation, but until then we needed something. It is a rather nice sign though, if I do say so myself.
What's been the most satisfying is to see both the vendors and the customers becoming a micro-community unto themselves. We all help each other at the Market. I think I can safely say that we all care about one another as well. What I love most is that we are all local small businesses, turning out quality products that customers love.
If you haven't been out to the market yet, please make a point of stopping by, even if just to say "Hi!" The enthusiasm is infectious. Also, if there is something you want and don't see at the market, let us know. We will work on finding someone local to provide it!
Hope to see you on Saturday.
With all the preparations for Irene, we're preparing for one of our greatest days at the Market tomorrow. In fact, we've heard that much of Washington is coming to the mountains. Yipee! Come on Irene! We hope that means lots of new customers.
The Beachy Family will be at the Market tomorrow morning with their famous Fried Pies! Be sure to get your cup of coffee, a peck of peaches, and a fried pie at the farmers market tomorrow morning before Irene hits! We'll have Tara's delicious homemade Raisin bread, Mom's banana bread, and a few watermelons too. Stock up on all the Market's goodies and weather out the
Don't let Irene keep you from the market - the storms aren't supposed to hit until late afternoon, well after the market is over.
If you missed the market this week, you really missed a good one. We have several new Wednesday vendors, with more being added every week.
This week, we had our regular vendors of Paugh's Orchard selling fresh peaches and tomatoes, along with a variety of other things; Lucas Roasting Company with their wonderful fresh roasted coffee; and Eileen & Chuck Lucas' local honey (no relation to Lucas Roasting Company). Joining us was Aunt Esther's Attic with hand sewn aprons, oven mitts and other items, Wildtree gourmet culinary blends and Six Days Bread - their cinnamon rolls and Italiant .
Stop by on Saturday between 8 AM and 2 PM to catch a new group of vendors!
Circa 1930s - Courtesy Shenandoah County Historical Society Morrison Studio Photographic Collection
Check out what we found!!! Actually, the Shenandoah County Historical Society was kind enough to supply the image. This is circa late 1930's, early 1940's. Anyone care to comment on the age of those vehicles?! Wonderful to see how the old building used to work - get your supplies, then get your gas and go! One stop shopping.
As anyone who has ventured by the market knows, we need signage! We were introduced to this contest through one of the sign companies we have used in the past. Please vote for us starting on TOMORROW, August 22, and help us win $10,000 in new signage! We are #122!!! You can vote once a day. It takes a community - and Great signage.
Thank you all for coming out today to support us in our infant stages. It REALLY matters. How? It lets our vendors know that there is a market where few others have ventured. This helps to attract more vendors.
And, to the incredible vendors we have so far - a HUGE thank you!
We were incredibly disappointed that the music didn't show. It was tentative. However, this is something we will indeed be spreading the word on - music jams are a fun time for everyone involved, including the musicians.
We hope to be getting signs in the coming week to increase traffic. And have begun a bit of interior clean-up in preparation for the renovations to come. It has been fun to give tours of the old place, hear a few stories of its former years, and begin to breath new life into it.
In the coming week, we do have a few additional vendors lined up for Wednesday. They weren't able to attend the earlier markets due to previous commitments, but are well on board for the week ahead.
Wednesday's market has been changed to 2PM to 6 PM until further notice.
We probably should have done this weeks ago. Then again, for those who have already been out to the Market, you have first hand experience of what's going on. Either way, better late than never!
Your feedback is greatly needed and appreciated. It will help us to develop a farmers market best suited to the community's interests. It will also help us to attract new vendors.
And don't worry, the Survey doesn't record any information except the answers. Thanks!
Thanks again for your participation. See you at the market!
Hope you are planning on coming out this Saturday to the Market - we'll be open at 8AM to 2 PM, and plan to have some fresh baked breads. As always, Paugh's Orchard and Lucas Roasting Company will be on hand for all your produce and coffee needs. We also have a tentative commitment to have a fiddle/banjo Jam Session. It's so beautiful when community comes together!
While it wasn't elbow to elbow, there was a fairly steady stream of traffic today as folks get to know that we are here and open for business. Lots of new faces and new friends.
The day started with a former owner of the Farm Supply stopping by with wonderful stories about the building.
As the day went on, we had a great young couple come by; he plays fiddle and she plays banjo. They're planning to come back on Saturday with a few friends for a jam session!!!! Wow! Our first (tentatively) scheduled musicians.
In any event, like fine wine, we will continue to get better with each market.
Our to do list this week:
1. Work on signage!
2. Work on getting the word out! (If you can help, but re-posting this to your Facebook peeps, and spreading the word, we'll be much appreciative.)
3. Submit our historic rehab application so that we can begin work on the building!
That's it for now. More great updates to come as the week unfolds.
Bye for now,
Gerald, Tara & Mitch