For those of you not fortunate enough to live close to me in Central Virginia, you may be unawares and the very bizarre Winter-Spring Weather we've been having. Truth be told it would seem that the entire planet is experiencing absurd weather patterns. Maybe climate change is a thing after all?
Regardless, this past Saturday was a true Winters Market. Friday before the market we experienced what was predicted to be a "light" snowfall, which ended up becoming around a foot of total fluffy stuff. With the temperature actually staying above freezing all day, the snow still managed to stick and stack until as I was finishing up getting ready for the market at around midnight, I was looking at a full foot, with snow still falling.
Stoked! I couldn't wait to set my booth up in snow and start making snow angels in front of the bar. Maybe an occasional snowball could be thrown to get a customer to come over and talk to me, that works right? Well as it turned out, with the temperature staying literally just above freezing the whole night, I instead show up to set up with no snow on the ground, merely visible in the treetops across the park. Sigh. Fingers crossed for one more snowfall this season, maybe it'll stick around, though the following day we were looking at mid 60s.
My sweet spot with the IX Art Wall as a backdrop (Handmade bar is holding up and I continue to find cool ways to make it more effective. This week I installed a non viewable shelf, critical)
Nevertheless dedicated market goers continued to walk past and.... Drumroll....... I was able to operate on a net profit! In businessy terms I've been told they call it operating "in the black" I've been telling everyone "in the green", I mean I'm a cash only business it makes sense to me.
After all the ingredients, jars, and vendor fees I was actually able to calculate a profit! Granted, the profit wasn't quite enough for my celebratory beer later on in the evening, but that's what my day job is for! For being my third week of operations I couldn't be more stoked that this experiment works.
I did ultimately decide to take a full time day job to support this venture. Luckily my friends at Snowing In Space Coffee Co are at terms with my relative nomadic tendencies and have let me start tending their bar on a frequent basis. This should allow me to start investing more in Solar Granolar, specifically the solar equipment.
Hopefully this positive trend of business will continue! There's only 2 more weekends left for the Winters Market. If you haven't had the chance to come hang out with me yet please do! Would love to see you, and there might be a treat waiting for you... just sayin, perks of being a business owner.
Today was an incredibly auspicious day, my second day at the IX Winter Farmers Market!
My first appearance at the Farmers Market was spectacular. I was able to show up (just barely in time) and start finally selling granola to eager stomachs in the Charlottesville area. Although the weather was... lackluster (consistently drizzly and low 40s), and my bar wasn't near as complete as ideal. I was able to show up with full spirits and was blessed to have met my first major stepping stone as a small business owner.
To aid my quest of cheerful spirits on a gloomy day, I was blessed with the phenomenal neighbors of "Waddle Om Farms". Two incredible new friends, one of whom is an accomplished yoga teacher! Seems you just can't keep your vibe from attracting your tribe. Between the three of us we were able to entertain not only ourselves, but whatever dedicated Farmers Market Attendees that were willing to brave the weather, including some very excellent local friends of mine that came out to support. A truly outstanding day! Although I didn't sell all too much granola, I was able to trade with some market friends (barter system for the win), and most importantly learned some incredibly important lessons (such as having the name of my company visible... duh)
Cue round two.
After spending much of the week recapping and identifying all of the things I would like to improve on. I was able to improve on several key features of my bar. For one, I attached my name to the front... that just seems key for some reason. I was also able to slap together a makeshift logo as I await a close friend to finish on my custom one. Pictures will follow.
It would also seem that the weather was on my side today, after a whole week of forecasted doom and gloom, the morning actually brought reasonable early March weather. Although the sun didn't make its appearance until about 10 minutes till the end of the market. We all saw an incredible increase in foot traffic, AND I was able to make substantially more sales. I even made enough to cover the market fee! Talk about success. Once more I was next to my Waddle Om friends, and we were joined by a local coffee roaster as well. Between us three vendors we were able to bring a veritable atmosphere to our small section of the market, and once more I was blessed to have a few close friends come out to visit and support!
Although I wasn't able to get everything done to the bar that I had envisioned, I was able to get several improvements done, and at least this way I have plenty of other tasks to take care of. It just doesn't seem like it would make sense for me to have everything put together by my second appearance.
Thanks for continuing to keep up with my website, and together lets see what next week brings! (Possibly snow)