Welcome to A Tranquil Nook Blog

We welcome you to follow along on our crafty adventures. Frank is a farmer by day, jewelry and hand braided cord-maker by night. Jane simply fiddles with fabric and fiber any time she can. We share things about what we make, how we make it, where you can get it.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

A day on the farm Begins

In the early morning light, head out to do chores. High tunnel already soaking up light this chilly March morning. 

 In the barn latest calf is getting his bath.

 

Mom cow comes over to check out the camera.

Critters fed, head back to the house.  

Enjoy the warmth of the wood stove.

And a cuppa coffee

And so the day has started.  Typical spring day here at Tranquility Pastures.  

How does your day begin?  Do you too have a routine?

Thanks for stopping in and sharing another adventure.

Enjoy and have a great day,

     Jane  

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Selling at Farmers Market: so you want to be a vendor

Sherry Tucker of Laughing Earth Products & Produce
 Selling extra produce, your own home baked bread, wild berry jelly, or hand made items at a local farmers market is tickling the fancy of more and more greenies.  People interested in promoting a homemade, sustainable, organic food lifestlye.   Requests for information on how to get one’s own farmers market booth are popping up on different facebook pages and other online sites.  With a few years experience in a farmers market venue, though to share a little information that might be helpful to those in Northern Minnesota.
A Sampling of goods, vendors, activities at BNCFM, 2012
There are two farmers markets in Bemidji and other markets in surrounding towns. Most have an online presence: either website, facebook or both. Also many are listed by Minnesota Dpt of Ag via MN Grown  -- which gives you a chance to find out about each and which one might work for you.

My husband and I are vendors  in Union Square Parking Lot, at Bemidji's Natural Choice Farmers Market. 

BNCFM In Union Square Parking Lot, 2012
Fees last year were:

Full membership $50 a year - new year begins in April (I think)

Limited membership $25 (can only set up 7 times) a year
Stall fees levied for each day set up. Minimum $10/day if sell over $300 a sliding fee adds $5 for every $300 over base.

Times for 2013 will be May 18-Oct 26: Sat 8:30a-3p.  A second day each week starts in July.  July 2-Oct 29: Tue 11a-4p.  There may be more days in May and in December depending on weather and what vendors have available.


Rules & Regs: There are a number of state and market regulations, as always hoops to jump through. Still selling produce, homemade food, or arts & crafts one has more leeway than getting a commercial kitchen license to cater; or to open a brick & mortar business.  * If you wish to be able to accept WIC vouchers, it is critical that you get accepted into a market to be able to be eligible to attend a state training session on April 24, 2013. Held at MN Department of Health, 705 5th St NW, Bemidji.

Scenes from BNCFM, 2012

Printed applications and some of the rules information for Bemidji Natural Choice Farmers Market are available at Northern Surplus/Northern Outdoors. You can also contact the BNCFM Secretary, Ruth Eastling.


The other market in Bemidji is Bemidji Area Farmers Market. They set up in Old Pamida lot & are listed in MN Grown. There are also farmers markets in Bagley,  Fosston, Walker; Cass Lake & Red Lake in late summer. 

Each farmers market has it's own charm and style.  Look them over, talk with vendors, read the rules; jump in and have a neat summer experience sharing something you love to grow, make, do.

Hope you found this helpful,

    
Jane

*disclaimer:  the above are my views & understanding only, NOT an official statement from any market or government agency.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Success Looks Like This!

 The happiness of finishing a handiwork project.



Super joyful because it is uniquely Kristen’s own, even though it began with a class and a kit.

 
There is just something in needle felting that permits freedom of expression whether one is a novice or a master.  



Kristen started the felt ornament in a class in December, did the rooster side and more detailing of the star side at home.  Then it sat for awhile.  She brought it to open work time in Feb. when she added the lacing and tassel.  Viola! Yes Done. 
 

Each finished ornament is different.   These kits help crafters  get to the funnest part of crafting fast while still allowing freedom of expression in design.  

Am thrilled the Winter Ornament Kit hit the mark.

Thanks to Kristen and others who helped test the kit by taking a Family Centered Crafting Class at Apple Blossom Child Care Center. 

How do you feel about DIY kits and guidelines?  Do you want just the pattern and cut it out yourself or do you like the basic cut out done?  What type of kits have you used with greatest success & completion rate?  

Thanks for reading.  Opinions much appreciated.  

Wishing you a happy day,
       Jane