Monday, September 28, 2009
Rural Ramble in Renfrew County
What a busy weekend! Colin and I are so exhausted, but we had a great time. The Ottawa Valley Food Co-op had a site on the Rural Ramble, a few of the online vendors came out. We had decent sales and made lots of great connections. Saturday, we couldn't have ordered a better day. It was sunny and warm, without being too hot. Good sized crowds too. Miss Ella came out for a brief visit too. She was having a weekend at Grandma's and loving it. Ella's not the sit and be quiet all day kind of child, so I don't even try to do things like this with her. Ella and Grandma love having time together anyway.
Colin did a wonderful job decorating our area. Everything came from our farm. We had the nicest tent :) How do you like his pumpkin? Colin comes up with such great ideas. I don't even try to do them any more. We now sell "pumpkin teeth", they are pretty neat and glow in the dark. They were quite popular this weekend.
On a homeschool note, seeing the kids out and about this weekend and I have no worries about "socialization". Man, public school kids are little brats! We even had one that was trying to gouge out the eyes of our pumpkin. Meanwhile, my little pumpkin just ran around visiting the other vendors, chatting and being wonderful.
Sunday started out rather dismal. When we arrived at 9:30 (10:00 start) and didn't even unpack the pork. We really thought we would just pack up and go home. A few adventurous souls came out so we set up again. By noon it was starting to 'clear' (as in stop rain, not sun) and we had a half decent turnout, especially since it kept 'showering' off and on all day.
All in all, it was a very enjoyable day. I like talking with people about our farm and our life and dispelling a lot of the misconceptions out there. Especially about pork production.