Final Market Saturday!

December 22, 2007 at 9:20 am Leave a comment

Here it is the day that we really wished didn’t have to come…our last day at the Lexington Farmers’ Market. It’s going to feel so funny not having to wake up at 2am on Saturday’s anymore. We’ve been doing that for 10 years. We were talking about how much we are going to miss some of the farmers, our customers and the general “happening” feeling that the market brings to each of our Saturday’s. But then we remembered that the reason we are no longer going to be members is because the “happening” feeling seems to be gone. We have felt like we were going to a resellers market for the last few years and that just isn’t our idea of a real farmers market. Times sure have changed at the market. Folks used to make a day out it and now it seems like most are stopping by, getting what they need and heading home without enjoying what used to be a great atmosphere. I can’t say that I can blame them. The market just ain’t what it used to be.

Drew and I have agonized over our decision to leave…it’s been our livelihood and lifestyle for the past 10 years! It will be life altering to say the least. But, we just didn’t feel like it is heading in the direction that we want to go. We’ve never enjoyed the flea market atmosphere and that’s what it feels like to us now. The resellers are in abundance.

And, don’t get me started on the “rules!” Rules are great and every organization needs to have them but they should be the same for all members…not just a chosen few. We’ve watched vendors/farmers break rules left and right and then two booths down it’s perfectly okay for that person to do exactly what the other person was told not to do!!! It’s become more a matter of who you know, not just the fact that you have paid your dues and expect to be treated equally. Speaking of dues…they doubled this year!  It seems like they don’t want us little guys anymore. Oh well, it’s time for us to move onward and upward.

We’re scared stiff at the thought of losing our weekly income but we have high hopes that we can make it on our new plans for the future. Herb’n Renewal will go on and hopefully we’ll be better than ever. I know Drew and I will feel better once we get over the shock of changing our lifestyle.

Enough talk about the past, let’s move into the future, with one exception…the recipe from today’s market sampling! 🙂 This is a great and no hassle recipe for some wonderful party fare.

WING’N WIENERS

2 12 oz. bottles chili sauce

2 tbsp. worcestershire sauce

2 tbsp. lemon juice

1 cup grape jelly

1 heaping tbsp. Cajun Wing’n Season

4 tbsp. Bourbon

3 lb. hot dogs, sliced 1/2″

Bring first 6 ingredients to a boil in a 4 qt. pot, stirring constantly. When well blended, add hot dogs and return to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer one or more hours…stirring occasionally. These are great kept warm in a crock pot at parties!

As a final thought for the day we want our customers and fellow farmers to know how much we will miss not seeing you each week but we hope you understand how we feel. And, we hope you will continue to follow us into the future!

Hope you all have a great day and stayed tuned for more developments in the Herb’n Renewal life! 🙂

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