As the sun slowly rises casting the early morning golden rays across the farmers market, tents are going up and the sound of voices and laughter can be heard as each of the vendors prepares for the day. As I set up our booth and the product displays, it is always fun to watch the day slowly awaken!
At 8:00 the market bell rings, and it’s open for business! And the busyness begins.
One of my favorite parts of market is all the interactions with customers/friends who come by. Talking about the weather, their children, vacations, or whatever else is happening in their lives at the moment. Answering questions and sharing about the health benefits of each natural product that we handcraft and sell. Exchanging smiles and waves with children who go by (and enjoying the faces they make when smelling different soaps.)
All of this and more always make Saturdays at the market much enjoyed!
Our Unscented Goat Milk Soap at the Market. A popular choice with those with sensitive skin.
Customers often ask which of the 17 different soap varieties are most popular. That can sometimes be a harder question to answer as it is often changing! One week it might be Lemongrass, another, Rosemary Lime. This past Saturday, Peppermint Tea Tree was the most sought after soap variety. The addition of 100% pure Tea Tree Essential Oil, which has strong antibacterial and antiseptic properties, makes this bar a customer favorite, especially for a facial soap.
As the sun rises and the hours go by, the crowds increase and the hum of voices fills the air, intermingled with music from the weekly musicians playing down on the West end. There are often families gathered around the music tent, some sitting on the grass or at picnic tables enjoying hot prepared food or ice cold lemonade from the market vendors.
The Columbia Farmers Market is much more than just a place to shop local for healthy, natural foods and products. It is a place to experience . . . to enjoy, visit, relax, and share.
Come out and join the fun Saturdays 8-Noon. Stock up on fresh vegetables, grass-fed beef, cheese and more from other vendors, and of course, goat milk soap and our other skin care products!
*Our September market schedule: we’ll be there the 9th, 23rd, and 30th. See you there!