It is only natural as we begin a new year, to look back at the one just past. It was the year of the unseasonably warm winter and early spring followed by hard frost that brought us early spring crops, but took a toll on the fruit trees. We saw asparagus, rhubarb, and lettuces in abundance and then the peaches were gone almost before they had begun and apples and pears did not have a long season either. Summer drought affected many farm crops across the state and across the country.
The Market welcomed some new vendors in 2012 and lost a few too. This was our first season without Ross Faris of Your Neighbor’s Garden and Barry Chapman of Earthly Delights. They were sorely missed on Saturday mornings. And although Capriole Farmstead Goat Cheeses and Natural Born Juicers were no longer able to do farmers markets, NBJ had their juices available at Raw Gourmet Delights and Capriole’s goat cheese was sold by Smoking Goose Meatery, both new vendors at our Market.
We welcomed Compean & Sons, Chocolate for the Spirit, and Byrne’s Grilled Pizza to our Saturday lineup after they had been part of the Wednesday Market the year before. We also welcomed Blue Moon Perennials, Harvestland Farm, Anna Belle’s Garden, Humboldt County Tea Co., Ludwig Farmstead Creamery, Pete’s Peaches, Raw Gourmet Delights, and Smoking Goose Meatery. Second Helpings also became a monthly guest.
Later in the season we added Nicey Treats, U-Relish, and Simple Taste to our list of vendors. We also had visits from Naptown Chickens, several new musical guests, and two cookbook signings to liven up the Saturday schedule. We were delighted to have Mulberry Creek Farm with us for the whole season in 2012 after missing most of 2011, and to have Wild Alaskan Salmon & Seafood and the American Persimmon Co. make their seasonal visits.
We launched our new and improved website, did more on Twitter and Facebook, joined Pinterest, and continued to try to improve our weekly newsletter. All in all it was an eventful year and looking back, we are pleased to see how much we accomplished and hope you our customers have been happy with the results. We look forward to even more exciting changes in 2013!