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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Susan & Shirley's excellent adventure - part 3

On the weekends of June 18th and 25th Susan and I set up shop at the EverGreen/Brickworks Art Market. The market runs from 8am (Good God, do you know what time you have to get up to be ready to go at 8am?!?) to 1pm (Gotta say it's lovely to have had a full day and it's only 1pm, it's like have babies in the house again).

EverGreen/Brickworks is really one of the best kept secrets in the city. It's situated off Bayview at Pottery Rd. and it is a beautiful facility. The Pavillions is where the Farmers' Market is located. It's held every Saturday from 8am to 1pm.

Gotta say the Cinnamon buns at Alli's Bread are oh so good, you actually get a sugar high from them! There's Choco Sol, not only is the chocolate fantastic but their passion for chocolate, pairing it and the importance of local and sustainable is inspiring. There are crepes, waffles, Bhudda dogs, Susar's coleslaw, lemonade... Oh yeah and they have veggies too! :-) Clearly it's not just a Farmers' Market it's a full on food experience.

Having established the Farmers' Market over the last 5 years, EverGreen is developing an Artisans market too. It is situated in the open area between the Farmers' Market and the Garden Centre.

This is where 100 mile finds comes in. As we may have mentioned, right now Susan and I are all about getting the 100 mile finds name out there to the customer. We figured craft markets is the way to go. They are our people, through and through and neither of us could think of a venue better than the EverGreen/Brickworks that we like to spend a few Saturdays at over the summer.

On our first Saturday Melissa McColl from Vintage Baby Revival joined us as our guest star artisan. Not only is her work amazing, she's amazing too! We had so much fun. It's great getting to know the vendors personally and having Melissa there was a key component in making our first day at EverGreen/Brickworks our biggest day ever!

On Saturday June 25th, Cassandra from Tweek joined us. This special guest star biked down through the "closed for construction" section of Pottery Rd! Nothing's going to stop Cassandra, that's for sure. Cassandra brought a totally different energy to the show. She is so sweet and soft spoken. Her work is so creative, she really takes upcycling to a beautiful place. One of the many great things about meeting the different artisans and getting to know them a bit, It is so important for us to hear about their experiences selling their wares and what works for each different vendor. There are so many opportunities out there, it's just a matter of capitalizing on them all.

Join Susan this weekend, I'll be off cottaging! She will be at the EverGreen/Brickworks market for 8am 'til 1pm. Get there early and make a morning out of it. Make sure you don't eat breakfast before you get there. Yummy, yummy!

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