|Early morning, ready for visitors!|
As I told you in the previous post, the hours are from 8:00 AM until Noon, and that seriously cuts into the most productive solar cooking hours. Foods have to be prepared, solar-cooked, and available for tasting before we have to take everything down. And, my 'kitchen' is a little red personal table. I'm trying to use recipes with just a few ingredients that are quick to fix, and available for tasting within 45-55 minutes. Yesterday, I decided on an Ice Cream Bread. Two simple ingredients, pop in the solar oven, and you have a light, delicious, quick-bread in under an hour. Two cups of your favorite ice cream (my sister chose Butter Pecan) and one-and-a-half cups of self-rising flour was all that was needed.
|Butter Pecan Ice Cream Bread in the solar oven!|
It was a good day, with a steady stream of visitors taking solar brochures and signing up for my e-mail newsletter. A couple of sales gave me a chance to use my new Square that let me take credit cards right there at my tent. I had to ask the first couple to be patient because the sun was so bright, I couldn't see the face of my phone. And, neither could they. I finally had to complete the sale by dropping down below the tablecloth. Too funny. BUT, that's not the best part. What I'm trying to share with you is this fanastic little dongle you can put in the earpiece of your iPhone and receive credit card payments at only 2.75% per sale! That's it. No lease fees, extra bank charges -- nothing. And, the dongle is free! The fellow that invented it is Jack Dorsey, the same guy who invented Twitter! If you are doing any form of craft or service sales at little fairs and out of your home, this is the thing to have. It's fantastic. So, please go check them out. Having had a bricks-and-mortar store with outrageous fees for accepting credit cards, this is a godsend for the budding entrepreneur.
As I said before, it was a glorious day and from ten until we closed, they had a fabulous band to entertain us. Whether you're a hard fan of Bluegrass or not, just click on the following songs to hear a taste of what filled the air on Saturday. I know you'll enjoy it.
Sourwood Mountain Band, great traditional Bluegrass. Here's a few songs they did: They're MP3s on QuickTime "Waiting for the Boys", "Man in the Middle," and "Foggy Mountain Breakdown." Not a bad background for a Farmer's Market; eh, wot? The Commons was filled with young and old, alike, dancing, joining in the singing, and just plain enjoying the music. It was a glorious Spring day!
I'll be there next weekend, too, before going back to the regular schedule of every other week. So, if you're in the area, stop by and say hello.