Ready, Set, Off to Market!

It’s all in the life of a small cookie business; plan, plan, plan, bake, and bake some more and finally, off to the market. All of this along with packaging and traveling (early birds catch the worms) can pay off. Weekly markets can really be a ton of work, and no different than selling at…

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Summertime Markets / Out with the old and the new?

Antique Fair, July 7, 2019 at Medella Vina Ranch, Tucson Arizona It’s time for summertime markets (meaning hot – 100deg+) in the desert, and the antique fair today was a perfect example; out with old and maybe the new as well.  More vendors than I expected, but a lower energy level and far fewer customers. …

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Market Dilemma

Business decisions are sometimes tough.  I believe it’s also pretty darn simple; are we spending more than we’re bringing in?  The hardest part here is remembering that we have to separate the business part from the personal part (coming straight from my favorite movie, You’ve Got Mail)!  And yet, personal is an important part of…

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Business Model update 7-23-18

Later this year, 2018, Pima County will be making some changes to the permitting and licensing of food establishments; in particular, mobile food establishments.  Still looking them over, but the county will be mirroring Maricopa County’s policies.  Here is a link to the basics and I’ll be posting the new Pima County policies as soon…

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Being "Organic" is not just about the food.

One of the first questions we always get at markets is if our cookies are organic. I really don’t like this question to be honest. I know its cynical, but I’ve often seen that “organic” label that is stamped on fruits and vegetables at the grocery store as a fashionable food trend, or a way…

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Farmers’ Market Etiquette

This post sounds a little intimidating, or perhaps snobby? Yet, farmers’ markets can actually be a snapshot about people and our society in general.  The good and the not so great!  Most of the time it is a pleasure to be a vendor at a market. People are attending because they want to be there…

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In Conversation: The Shoppers

In our first conversation post, we wanted to talk about the visitors to the markets. Below you will see both our takes on what we see at different markets, what we’ve learned from them (and about them), and more! Mom/Laurie:  Considering the fact that I never really liked to go these types of events, or…

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The Farmer’s Market Community

The farmer’s market is a community in of itself with rules, whether spoken or not, to help it thrive and therefore, be successful.  Really just like everyday life!  Follow the rules, everything is good. Our first venture, outside of the antique fair, was quite intimidating.  This particular farmer’s market was a highly successful one, although…

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Why are we Simple?

First things first! We love baking homemade cookies and brownies, along with selling and developing a relationship with our customers, even if it is only for the moment and a single transaction.  Something about real-time, personal interaction with humans, and of course, the non-human, four-pawed kind, is actually pretty special. Many times though, our conversation…

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A Simple Education

Okay, okay, the title is a bit harsh. But hear us out, first. The following discussion is about an extreme case experienced at one of our usual markets. Disclaimer: This does NOT happen every market, but to be honest little stuff like this does pop up often enough that we wanted to discuss it, for…

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