Truth be told, getting ready for the Farmers Market was not fun. It was really hard for me to figure out what permits and licenses I needed to have to legally participate. It was hours on the phone and hours pouring over paperwork and figuring things out. Here in Cheyenne anyway, it is a mess. I am hoping it will be worth all the fuss. It was frustrating because I am giving all of my time to making my Whole Foods Binder System fantastic, and all of the hoopla took away from that time. Oh, well. Moving onward and upward.
I juiced and mixed smoothies for 4 hours the morning of the Market. If I am going to have a job, then I’m glad this is it!
I made apple juice, carrot juice, apple carrot ginger juice, lemonade with stevia, lemonade with honey, a strawberry smoothie and a blueberry smoothie.
I put them in coolers with ice and packed up all of the tables and other paraphernalia I would need. I was more prepared than I thought I would be. Thank goodness for that! I could not have just run home for more supplies! Thankfully the things that did not get brought were provided by my good friend Verena who is very thoughtful.
I used my Jack Lalane juicer. It is not a high end juicer but I am very pleased with its performance. I have used nicer ones, but I couldn’t be happier with the one I have. It is fairly easy to clean and does a good job extracting the juice. There is a bit of pulp that makes its way into the final product, but I have seen that with more expensive juicers too. I just put a paint strainer over the rim of my pitcher and do a final straining before I drink it. That works good.
I put all of the pulp from juicing in our chicken coop. They can eat what they want and the rest decomposes and makes a nice fertilizer mixed with chicken droppings. I don’t feel like there is any waste this way. Some people save the pulp and put it in baked goods. I don’t take the time to bake very often and I don’t want my freezer filled with pulp, so it becomes chicken fodder.
I did good at the market. Juice is a good thing on a hot day for people who are conscious of what is going into their bodies. Soft drinks would be cheaper but they detract from health rather than adding to it.
I was so busy there that I did not take any pictures! I really meant to but it just didn’t happen. Next time…
I learned a lot and found which juices were popular, so next week will go even more smoothly. It is worth it after you get all of the requirements done.