Getting so close!
Hey everyone! Good news! According to the folks at Fast Track Trailers, the work on the trailer should be finished sometime next week. They've been taking care of electrical work and a new door. After that I'll be painting, putting in a new seamless floor, and then loading up my equipment. That will be a relief, since right now it's doing a good job of taking up my garage. At this point I'm probably looking at mid-June as an opening date, depending on how things go in the licensing department- later than I'd hoped, but what can you do?
In the meantime I've been helping out with a collaborative marketing project for the State College farmers' markets. I built the website http://www.centralpafarmers.com, a hub between the three markets. There's a newsletter and a Facebook page to help keep everyone updated and reminded of when the markets are. This also allows the three markets to share marketing expenses, which is pretty exciting! I'm enjoying being part of the markets even when I can't sell there yet.
Speaking of, the farmers' markets have all started again for the season. When the trailer is up and running, I'll be at the Tuesday Downtown State College market, and the North Atherton Farmers' Market, which is on Saturdays at Home Depot. If you're local, even though I'm not there yet, please stop in at the markets and support other local vendors! We all need your support to be successful as a sustainable local food system.
I've also been keeping busy doing recipe testing. I heard from a lot of people that they've been craving soft pretzels- how do these look?
pledged of $6,500 goal
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Mar 1, 2011 - Apr 2, 2011 (30 days)
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