Posted on May 7 2012

First Day at the Market

I did it!  My first weekend at the market was such a whirlwind, but so worth the rollercoaster of emotions, and the lack of sleep.  I slept about an hour of sleep at some point in the morning before we had to be at the market at 7 am.  Dan was amazing, stayed up with me, and was incredibly supportive with any task or emotion I would throw at him.

I wanted to keep the table and the menu really minimal, and that’s exactly what happened.  I had only four items on the menu, and kept the stock of goods below the table.  Of course, everything wasn’t perfectly the way I wanted it.  I didn’t have a sign, didn’t account for a slanted table, and had to iron out our system of operation on the fly.  Luckily, I had lots of help.  My mom came into town to watch Jack, and I had Dan and my amazing/hilarious/loving friend Anne helping me peddle my wares.  Oh, it was SO COLD!  I showed up in a bright orange spring dress, and was shivering.  I don’t function well when I’m cold, so I ran home and changed right before the market picked up.

Understanding the flow of patrons is important, and something I didn’t really grasp until the end of the day.  That first wave of people was comprised of folks who were flying solo with a specific list of what they were getting that day, and were focused only on their task at hand.  For the first twenty minutes or so, I thought I was going to be eating croissants and tea cakes for weeks when no one would even throw me a glance.  Quickly though, people started stopping by and that’s when the fun began!  I forgot I was exhausted and cold.  I think at 2 am I may have said something along the lines of “What am I doing?!  This is going to be terrible!  I’m never doing this again!”  Yeah, that may have come out of my mouth.  But when people were stopping by, trying samples, and pouring on the compliments I wanted there to be a market every day!  So, either it was the tray of samples, or the rousing tribute that Anne and I busted out to the Beastie Boys’ “New Style” that had people stopping by.  Honestly though, it really made every bump in the road completely worth it when I saw how much people were enjoying what I’d worked so hard to make.  I met so many amazing people, got to talk about good food, and saw so many familiar faces and friends stop by.  We were sold out by 11 am!  I was having such a great time that I forgot to take photos!  I grabbed a couple with my phone, but I was bummed I didn’t take any good ones of the whole set up!  Next time!

With one market under my belt, I am so excited to polish things up and make even more good stuff for people.  For those of you that stopped by, I can’t thank you enough for supporting me and my little adventure.  And, for those of you far away, I wish I could send you some!  I guess a vacation to Kalamazoo is in order for you!

  1. NicoleD says:

    I’m so happy for you! Your croissants look amazing!! Can’t wait to see a picture of the whole set-up.

  2. Amy D. says:

    I’m so happy and proud for you! I am looking forward to coming on over with the kiddos to try your goods!

  3. Anne says:

    Everybody needs a hype girl in a housecoat. Next time I’m taking candid photos of people’s expressions after they taste the samples.

  4. Stephanie says:

    The little snap shots of your table look great! Sold out by 11am is pretty impressive!

  5. Ali Presley says:

    I’m SO PROUD OF YOU! I only wish I could have been there to be your first customer.

    • Emily says:

      Thanks so much, Ali! That means a lot! If you’re ever hankerin’ for a Midwest getaway, you know where to come!

  6. Katherine Ross says:

    Congratulations, I’m happy to hear it went well for you! Living the dream :) Will you be there every Saturday? I live just east of Portage… I wasn’t able to make it last weekend but definitely want to swing by sometime soon!

    • Emily says:

      You’re so close! I think I’m going to aim for twice a month to start off with. I look forward to seeing you there! :)

  7. Lindsey says:

    Hey, nice work! How exciting! Are you going to be at your market every week? Do you think you will open a permanent bakeshop? Love the title, I just love saying “whisk”

  8. Lindsey says:

    Just realized you answered my question in the above comment. Awesome!

  9. Rebekah says:

    I love the name Whisk Bakeshop!

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