The mirabelles sold very well. Most went to Felicia's Atomic Lounge and we sold another 25lbs to patrons and pedestrians on the sidewalk outside the lounge during a friday Happy Hour. They invited us to set up a table outside. And since they're serving drinks with some of our fruit..it sounded like a good connection. It turned out to be a fun time, and we did it again last friday with a few plums, tomatillos, tomatoes, basil, and magic molly potatoes. Other than selling some produce while tasting the amazing fruit drinks and pizza made at Felicia's (all while visiting with our friends), the coolest part of the evening was having Stefan and David from Wide Awake Bakery stroll by with baskets of their bread. They have a drop off of their bread CSA down the street at the Ithacamade store. When they're done they stop by Felicia's and sell their remaining loaves. We traded our leftover tomatillos for a few loaves of their amazing bread (which was made from our friend Thor's wheat grown and milled at Farmer Ground Flour). Talk about a local deal.
Sunday we caught up with a few friends at Todd and Christine's wedding celebration. We found out that the Piggery will be opening up the cafe side of the Piggery Deli this tuesday! They also sell at the Ithaca Farmer's Market and through a meat CSA. We're excited to try everything out, and we'll be bringing down some dill for their potato salad. We've been leaving nose prints on their windows (they're across the street from the Farmer's Market) for a few months, and checking out the big harvest table made by another friend, Maria at Double Dog Timber Works, and watching the progress as they transformed the space.
One of these days, I'll sit down and write about my beliefs on the valuation of an economic multiplier for purchasing local food, and how it is under-represented in traditional economic impact studies. But right now there are tomatoes, plum, and pears so ripe they're just falling to the ground, and the birds are raiding our elderberries. And the much needed rain has stopped, so I'd better get back out in the field.