Today is Friday, and that means prepping for market tomorrow. Originally, when I first signed up for market, my intention was to sell my fiber, along with my polymer clay figurines. But I don't always have my yarn and roving back from being processed when market begins on May first, so I needed something to fill in until I had all of my wares. I decided that, since I like to bake, and darn it, I am pretty good at it, I would bring a few cookies along to sell. I guess the cookies have taken on a life of their own....not like the Sun Pickles, that is all together different. Now that I have started the baking, people expect their favorite flavors of cookies every week, and boy do I get in trouble if I can't accommodate.
One of the most popular varieties is the White Chocolate Macadamia nut cookies.Of course I make regular Chocolate chip, Oatmeal Raisin, Peanut Butter, Snickerdoodles, and Sugar cookies, but one of the big favorites are the Double Chocolate Chunk cookies. If you like chocolate, these are your guys. Soft Chocolate cookie dough with lots of chocolate chunks. Kind of a cakie, fudgie, chocolaty thing all going on at the same time.
Once everything has been baked and cooled it needs to be packaged and labeled.
New this year are the Salted Nut Rolls. You may have heard Miss Effie mention them a time or two...they are slightly addictive. I feel like a drug dealer at market. I have people walk up to my booth, and in a hushed voice say, "Miss Effie sent me....do you have any nut rolls?". I am a little afraid when I run out.
I am thinking of bringing some of my Sour Cream Pumpkin Bundt cake to market when the weather cools a bit. It is really yummy with a cinnamon, brown sugar filling. I figure that would probably be a good way to make delicious treats and use up some pumpkin......... Okay, you already know that I am strange by now, so here goes. I was at the grocery store a few months ago, and I saw that they had the Libby's canned pumpkin (the big cans) on sale for 25 cents. What? Yes, 25 cents. I thought that maybe it was about to expire or something, but no, the "use by" date was April of 2009, the clerk told me that they had just ordered way too much and had a good deal on it. So, by golly, I decided to buy some....okay, a lot....okay, like 60 cans...whatever, don't judge me, I'm OCD I can't help it. So we eat a lot of pumpkin. Also sheep and chickens enjoy pumpkin, as do the dogs...not so much with the horses..........need any pumpkin?
So that is what I do on Friday's. My neighbors are all aware of my Friday baking routine, and interestingly, they just happen to stop by to say "hi" on Fridays. Coincidence? I think not.
The last thing I do to get ready for market, is pick any produce that I will be taking. Mostly peppers, but my apples and pears are almost ready to go too. Since I have become obsessed with canning stuff, I have less to bring to market. Maybe I should talk to someone about my hoarding tendencies?