We have long been known for our delicious food. A couple of years ago, we were able to obtain a catering license for our kitchen because of how we were inspected, changed. Then a little over a year ago, we began offering our Delectable Creations classes through our D4LC program which gave creation to “Meals Out the Door”, our meal preparation program. Last week, we embarked on a new journey, the Aurora Farmer’s Market!
Last Friday evening, John, Chaz, and I, set to work to bake mini loaves of white bread and banana bread, caramel pecan rolls, cinnamon swirl coffee cake, and kolaches. All favorites of our TLC guests and most available for order though our “Meals Out the Door” program, we were excited to share them with new friends! We nervously packaged our baked goods and prepped for the market. We printed labels, made pre-order forms, counted the money box, and then double and triple checked everything.
After a bit of sleepless night, we rose early and headed to the town square. Justice and the Aurora Chamber of Commerce, did a great job with organization. They ensured all the vendors had space, table cleaner, hand sanitizer and all the other Covid-19 related mandates covered.
Once we were up, things took off pretty fast. Though we weren’t offering single serving portions or u-pick bakery options, folks seemed pretty excited about our bread and our kolaches. By 10 o’clock, we were down to a package of mini loaf white bread, one pan of caramel pecan rolls and 4 boxes of Kolaches. By 10:50 a.m., we were sold out! We even had pre-orders for the next market! We were stoked.
Throughout the process, we learned a few things:
- Have more change in the cashbox than you think you need.
- Offer smaller portions.
- People can tell if you are smiling, whether or not you are wearing a mask.
- It’s okay if you aren’t the cinnamon roll booth or the flower booth or the kolache lady form York…or Wilber…
- At this point, everyone is just happy to be out and about, talking to other people. It is okay to chat with someone and not make a sale…as long as you asked!
- Have fun.
Needless to say, we were elated with our first Farmer’s Market experience. We’re excited for next Saturday. Be sure to come see us and all the great vendors at the Aurora Farmer’s Market on Saturdays from 8 a.m.-11 a.m. in the Hamilton County Courthouse parking lot. We look forward to seeing you!
PS: Click here for pre-order forms: Farmers Market Pre Order Form