Saturday, July 4, 2009

Opening day!!

Warning - photo heavy post....

Today was opening day for our new farmstand. What a wonderful day we had. I woke up to blue sky and yes, sunshine! After 29 days of rain and gloomy weather, we had sun and the air smelled crisp and fresh.

We have been working incredibly hard to get this stand ready for opening and 4th of July seemed a good day. We opened at 10 a.m. and had our first customer at 10:10 a.m. A steady flow of customers throughout the day and promises of folks returning each weekend. A good omen I think.
I tried to set up a slide show of the new stand. I'm feeling technologically challenged and after a celebratory glass of Australian Shiraz, I just couldn't get it to work properly. I apologize :)

The best support crew ever - my family. Mom, Steve, Tom & Ty
They are in front of our little petting zoo area. This was a hit with adults and children alike. We provided handwash to use before and after petting the animals. Worked great. Washable & Dryable sheepskins - soooo soft!

Today veggie selections - mesclun mix greens, a variety of mixed loose leaf lettuce, radishes, beet greens and rhubarb. New curtains - I really wanted to make them myself but just couldn't find material that suited me. These look great in the shop and I got them at a bargain price. The knitting corner - a few hats, booties, socks, dishcloths, etc., I hope to add to this but I don't have much time to knit in the summer months. The hat racks are old bobbins we picked up at an antique shop.

~Our first dollar ~

Our greeting card rack - people love the photos of the animals

The yarn boxes are filling up - the dye pots are going every day now.

This beautiful shawl was knit by my friend Diane of Oasis Farm Fiber Mill. We have a new line of yarn this year, "Symphony" which is a 50% pygora, 50% merino blend. It was a natural gray color that she overdyed this beautiful green. It is incredibly soft and light. The pattern, one of her own :) One of my handwoven roving rugs made from the wool of our sheep. I have room in the new shop for my big loom. I'm very anxious to start weaving again.
We also offer in our shop whole & skim milk, heavy cream, duck & chicken eggs and natural raised lamb. Hopefully next week I will have had time to make a few gourd bird houses and feeders.

Tomorrow......surprise babies :)

Have a safe and happy 4th of July!


Sharrie said...

Everything looks awesome! You have a great variety of products. Best wishes for a successful business.

Candy Duell said...

Oh, wow. It looks great! As Sharrie said, what a great variety of things in your business. I wish you all the luck to make this a smashing success for you and your family. Great job everyone!

kristi said...

How wonderful!! It all looks so great and the more you have to sell, the more they will come back!! I love the cards! What a great idea! Thank you for sharing your opening day:)

Adkins Family farm said...

Not to be redundent but it does look great and the petting zoo is a great idea. I really thought the range of products you have are amazing. I hope it is a great success and it looks like it will be.

Callie said...

Fantastic! What a wonderful place to visit and shop. And a petting zoo! I so wish I could be a regular customer.
Lots of wishes for continued success!

Paintsmh said...

Wow the stand looks great!!! I wish I lived close enough to stop...Surprise babies? Sounds very promising!

threecollie said...

Congratulations! If you were closer I would be a steady customer. glad it went well.

Cathy M said...

Congratulations on your new venture. The shop looks great. Maybe I'll have to take a road trip.

lisa said...

Looks great! I'll send some towels for you to sell! Ha

Nancy K. said...

What an awesome job you and your family did pulling it all together in time for opening on July 4th! I have a feeling you'll have a regular clientele in no time and be taking orders for good in advance.

Well done!!

Deb said...

Thanks so much!

Thanks - I couldn't have done any of it without my family!

Your welcome :) Thanks for all your support and kind words :)

Adkins Family Farm,
Thank you :) Everything in the shop really is from the farm. That was our main goal for people to see that nothing is wasted and also what you can achieve with a small farm.

I would love to have you as a regular customer - we could sit on the porch and have a glass of tea :)

Thanks :} Makes for a nice road trip!

Thank you :) I'd love it!

Cathy M,
Just be sure to let me know when your coming so we can have time to "chat" :)

That's a great idea! Your towels would put my things to shame :)

Nancy K,
Thank you :) WE really had a great time meeting our neighbors and it was so good for my Mom - everyone is looking for fresh veggies this year and our gardens are doing ok inspite of the rain.

Joanna@BooneDocksWilcox said...

If I'm ever in Maine...
I'm coming to your stand, it looks so welcoming and wish you all the best.

Throwback at Trapper Creek said...

Wow the stand looks great! And what great weather for your opening!

Hope you're not too busy to keep us up on the goings on this summer:)

Deb said...

Thank you :) I hope you do get to visit us - it would be wonderful to meet you and Mike :)

We were so greatful to have the nice weather -
I'll keep posting for sure as long as you all are interested in what's going on around here :)

Lisa said...

It looks LOVELY! I am proud of you!! I can't wait to come see it sometime soon!!

lisa said...

I had to come back and mention that loom that I see behind the rug, you will have to post it so, I can see what it looks like!

lisa said...

Ooops, I am back again to say, that your stuff is beautiful!!! My husband told me to tell you that if we knew how to get to your place we would be glad to come for a visit!!

Deb said...

Thank you :) Looking forward to your visit.

Thank you :) I have an old model LeClerc 8 harness loom - I'll post a photo so you can see it.
As far as directions to get here - it's easy! I used to travel out to Vernon Down and to Monticello raceway often when I lived in VT. I believe that's headed in your directions somehwat.
Would be happy to give you directions! Would love to have you all visit!!

DayPhoto said...

Oh, Joy! I get to see what you are selling!

Gosh and you get to sell stuff right from your farm, plus other people consignments!

Great for you!


Michelle at Boulderneigh said...

Your new endeavor is SO awesome! I'll admit it; I'm a wee bit jealous. :-)

Gayle said...

Your shop is wonderful. I wish you the best of luck!

Bush Babe said...

Fabulous... I might do a little 'how to' on the slideshow I use - would that be useful?

Love your handiwork (am so handy-handicapped it ain't funny!).

thecrazysheeplady said...

Wow - looks great!!!

Rayna said...

Ooo that shawl is gorgeous! Very nice stuff :)