The last couple of days have involved activities symbolizing ends. Today we took the Christmas tree out to the animals to eat. This represents the end of the Christmas season but also the end of the year and decade.
In this decade we had some losses in the family, but we became grandparents. My dad’s cabin burnt down, but we moved two Boles Aero vintage trailers there. We both moved into our fifties and have had some associated health issues. We have had some wonderful travels and adventures. And we are trying to downsize our farm but have become more successful at selling our products.
Yesterday we were invited to Patty Sweaney’s home for hors d’oeuvres. There she announced that she is going to retire from managing the Bow Market which means no more Bow Farmers Market and no more Holiday festival. This is due to the venue being up for sale, the massive increase in insurance costs, and her being burned out. We are trying to brainstorm how to continue the Fiber Day so stay tuned.
That year Tom brought his cider press to their Harvest Festival to press people’s apples. In 2012 we participated in the weekly market with our produce and pressed apples again at the Harvest Festival. Here is the post about it. I also started making dyed roving to sell at the market in 2012.
In 2012 we participated in our first Holiday Festival.
In 2013 we participated in our first Fiber Day.
By 2014 we had stopped participating in the weekly markets due to lack of time. But we were involved in Fiber Day again.
We also participated in the Harvest Market and the Holiday Festival in 2014.
In 2015 we were at Fiber Day.
We also were at the Holiday Festival. I had quite a range of products to sell.
In 2016 I had to miss Fiber Day due to the funeral of my brother-in-law. We were able to participate in the Harvest Market though. And we were able to sell at the Holiday Festival. Here is the poster for it.
Here is my table from the 2017 Holiday Festival (the last one at the Beau Lodge).
In 2018 I was involved with the Fiber Day. This was the logo then.
Here is my stand that day.
This year I made a lot of products for Fiber Day.
We made quite a range of products for the 2019 Holiday Festival. Here is the poster for it.
Here is our booth.
One thing I loved about these markets is that it was a chance for me to spin. Here I am spinning at a Holiday Festival
and here I am spinning at a Harvest Market.
I am really going to miss these markets. I am going to miss the vendors. I am going to miss the customers. I am going to miss the sales. And I am going to miss the spinning.