We try out a new event – the Cape Cod Canal Fest in Bourne, MA. This spot is barely a 1/2 mile from my house – it’s also the same spot that a major festival used to be located: the Bourne Scallop Festival. I always wanted to pop at the Scallop Festival, but they already had a kettle corn vendor. They moved to a bigger location further out on Cape Cod and took their person with them. When these guys contacted me, I jumped right on it. All the vendors weren’t sure what would happen crowd wise. Fortunately a parade was happening on the first day and they went right past our location. As you’ll see in the video, the town of Bourne basically descended on us after the parade. We figured that since it was cloudy but warm on the first day, nobody bothered going to the beach and came here. The next day (July 5th) was a perfect beach day and hardly anyone showed up.
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The town of Braintree held their 42nd Annual Fireworks at the high school a week earlier than everyone else so we jumped on board. We sit around for 6 hours, sell $100 worth of kettle corn, then just as things start to get good, it rains.
We did alright here. It’s harder to sell to completely new customers and we had plenty of other food competition.
The Connecting Point show on the PBS station WGBY in Springfield did a segment on Steve’s operation at the Springfield farmers market! I went out that day to help pop and hang with him and see his offspring. Steve got his own kettle corn tent when I moved to Onset 2 years ago and has been doing extremely well for himself. His fetish is to go to ski resorts, set up the tent there and pop in the snow and the cold. Go nuts Steve! Personally – I’d rather move to Maui and pop under a palm tree. He’s been calling himself “Velma’s West”. I pretend to show up from time to time from the ‘corporate’ office and give him a performance review.
In my search for winter farmers market, I had stumbled upon the Easton Indoor Farmers Market. What I didn’t realize is that there are plenty of OTHER farmers markets in a town called Easton, so I got all sorts of mixed signals when I went to “their” website. After figuring out I was looking at the Pennsylvania Easton Market (which was friggin’ HUGE), I finally got my story straight. They’re located inside the Simpson Spring bottling company. They sell all sorts of yummy flavors of sodas and bottled spring water. Apparently they are the oldest bottling plant in the country. The company started in the 1800′s and has changed hands many times over the years.
Dan noticed that Chris, the market manager and owner of the plant was very forthcoming when he contacted her. She immediately figured out that kettle corn and yummy sodas would make a good combination. She was very helpful in getting us into the market and helping us do the necessary paperwork with the town. The plant if really cool. It’s in an old mill building and has tons of space for everybody. We’re looking forward to doing business with these guys in the future.
Easton Indoor Farmers Market – 719 Washington St, South Easton, Massachusetts
Saturdays – 10-2 pm