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Farmer’s Market Finds: 5/9/2013

9 May

I haven’t made it to the Farmer’s Market in a long time!  It does run year round here, but I just haven’t found the time to make it.  Today, I finally made it back and also picked up some things from a friend’s farm as well.  She is going to be at the Community Market on Saturday, but I’m not able to make it then, so I met her today.

So, I’ll start with the items from Christie, from Basicfarm7.

Food from Basicfarm7I got 1 dozen fresh eggs, onions, feta cheese, and mozzarella.  I had almost half the feta crumbled on a salad for lunch (I LOVE feta!).  I chopped up a red onion and some of the greens to add to my stuffed shells filling that we had for dinner tonight.  I also grated one bag of the mozzarella for the filling and over the top of the stuffed shells as well.  The rest of the mozzarella, another onion, and an egg will go into making a Sausage & Potato Pie.  So excited as it’s been a while since I made it.

Then, later in the day, I headed to the Farmer’s Market.  Not much, but it was nice to walk around and see what was available.

Farmer's Market Finds


The maple syrup is pure maple syrup brought in from New York.  It looks really good, and I can’t wait to try it out on pancakes and waffles.  Then, I also got 2 books written by Suzanne M. Malpass.  She has written four books that are true stories about animals and have happy endings. Plus, they have wonderful illustrations.  A Lab’s Tale is for us to keep, and Colorado, The Flying Horse is for my friend’s daughter who loves horses.  Suzanne was there today and signed these books for me. To find out more about Suzanne and her books, you can visit Straddlebooks.com.  She will be selling them at a festival in St. David, AZ, this weekend, and then is headed back north for the summer. You can also find her books online, but if you buy them in person, she will sign them as well, which is neat.  My older daughter read A Lab’s Tale for her nightly reading log for school, and she really enjoyed the story.

Hopefully, I will get to check out the Farmer’s Market more in the weeks to come, instead of going months in between!


Scholastic Book Fair: Story Laboratory

1 Feb

My last 2 weeks have been consumed with planning and running a Scholastic Book Fair at my children’s school.  I was co-chair with another mom at the school, so we had to come up with a plan for the room, do some decorating, and run the book fair with some help from more parent volunteers at the school.

I love book fairs, I have for a long time.  But, I never realized how much work goes into them!  Scholastic has a great system.  They deliver cases full of books that you open and push up cardboard displays from behind.  Then, they send more books in boxes for you to display on tables, as well as an assortment of pencils, pens, erasers, bookmarks, posters, and other items.  This was the part that took the longest, putting out all the extra items.  It took about 4 hours for the 2 of us to get it all set up, plus the 2 hours I spent in the morning decorating the window and door.

Here are some pictures of it all!

First, the entrance to the book fair.  The spring theme was Story Laboratory, so we wanted to create a science lab feel for the room.  I used aluminum foil to cover the door.  I didn’t quite use a box of 75 sq ft, which cost me $2.88.  Then, I had yellow caution tape from car seat check events that I do, so I put that on both the door and the window.  Next, I got 2 neon green poster boards for $.77 each, $1.54 total, to create the green slime.  The sign on the door I created in PowerPoint (I couldn’t access our chairperson’s toolkit yet to get to the signs Scholastic has to download and print) and says “CAUTION: READING AHEAD”.  Add a roll of packing tape for $2.50 to tape it all up, and decorations cost me $7 total!

Entrance to the book fair

Photo courtesy of Sister Carol, school principal

Next, pictures from as you walk in the door and around the room to see all the cases and tables of books and other goodies.  There was a lot!  Oh, and the board with Teacher Wish Lists I have a separate picture of since we didn’t have it out on the table yet, it was on the table with the posters on the floor in front of it.

Teacher Wish List Board

Posters and school supplies Special Value and Preschool books Cases and lots of tables of books 775679_10151206200171437_1946415148_o

Scholastic also sends cash registers for the event, and we could accept cash, check, or credit/debit cards.  Here I am in a lab coat and goggles ringing up a customer on our first day during a school open house.  The lab coats I bought were 3M disposable lab coats in size 2X that were $4.07 each on Amazon, and the goggles were Hot Max safety goggles, which at the time were $2.90 each on Amazon, but it looks like the price has gone up.

Me helping a customer at the register

Photo courtesy of Sister Carol, school principal

The register also tracks all sales, so you can run a report each day of sales and merchandise sold, so you can make sure your drawer is correct and order more items that are selling well.  At the end, you can run a cumulative report to tell you total sales, and also breakdown cash, check, and credit sales.  This makes it really easy to submit the final reports and payment to Scholastic!

So, at the end of the 2 weeks, I’m exhausted from all the work, but the kids’ faces as they came through the book was definitely worth it! I worked the book fair almost all week before and after school, and as I walked in each day, I heard from about every kid I passed, “Are you opening the book fair now?  I have something I want to get!”.  ANYTHING to encourage reading!  Although, being there every day, we did more than our part to monetarily support the book fair!  I think I bought something every day.  I’m already looking forward to next year, and now that I know what to expect, I’m hoping we can make it even better!

Edited on February 3 to add a picture of the Teacher Wish List board.

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