Thursday, May 14, 2009

Ottawa Old Town Farmer's Market

Saturday, May 9th was the opening day of market season for JAVA & Co. We attended the Ottawa Old Town Farmer's Market in Ottawa, Illinois. It was a charming setting - downtown, with tents set-up along their beautiful park - flowers were in bloom was SUPER windy. Did I say it was windy? During set-up our tent nearly became a 'cold' air balloon wanting to launch right there in the street. And yet, there wasn't any rain, so we were very thankful. We met many wonderful guests and fellow vendors; purchased fresh cut asparagus - what a treat - and since Saturday - we have grilled and consumed the entire 2 pounds of asparagus we purchased - YUM! There is nothing like the true flavor of freshly cut, from-the-farm vegetables.

In our off market season, we have been busy creating new products (JAVA Spice - Meat & Seafood Rub, JAVA infused Granola, JAVA Snack Bars, Lemon Iced Biscotti) and we brought a sampling of these to the Ottawa Market. I'm glad to say, they were a hit! So watch for us at the following markets this year. We will be rotating among the following three, plus grabbing markets in other cities as opportunities arise. JAVA & Co. (so far) hasn't been kept away by rain, wind or thunderstorms.

Ottawa Old Town Farmer's Market May 9th through October 24th, 2009
Saturdays, 8:00 am to 12:30 pm

Bloomington Farmer's Market May 16th through October 31st, 2009
Saturdays, 7:30 am to 12:00 Noon

Peoria Riverfront Market June 6th through September 26th, 2009
Saturdays, 8:00 am to 12:00 Noon

We plan to attend Bloomington's opening day this Saturday on the 16th of May. Stop by our syrup cabana. Brian and I would love to meet you!


Jamie Knoll

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