Sometime, a few weeks back or so, Frank and I came upon the idea of a kind of farmer’s market trading post thing. We’ve heard about them, read about them, and recently someone left a comment about how they’re doing this very thing in their area on the article, Homestead News, Volume 14.
“You two lit a fire under me – yesterday Bruce (66) and I (65) drove 600 miles to pick up two AGH [American Guinea Hogs]/ Kune Kune six week old barrows. Hopefully the gilt and boar will come later. What cute tubby little guys. As I look off my back deck at the fences patched with baling twine (chuckle). I am grateful for all we have and will have to offer.
The small community that is ours – boasts 180 souls. Some of us ladies of this burg started a small farmers market this past summer – small, social and we think needed. Those of us with incubators have shared eggs and hatched many chicks for those wishing to start flocks – all sage advice, good and bad, shared with humor. Our volunteer fire department – always in need of funding, will receive all the $ from our local chestnut harvest sold at the market. Time is short – Please keep blogging. Nurse Claudia”
She’s right, things like this are needed all around the country in many shapes and sizes, with formats to meet the needs of the
surrounding communities. It really struck me how simple something like this can be. I’ve also thought it doesn’t have to be only a farmer’s market with vegetables, eggs and the occasional rabbits or chicks. It could be anything someone wanted to sell, or trade or barter. Not a flea market, per se, but the time is coming that what you have is what you have, and if you need something, trading or bartering may be the only way to get it.
We’ve told you about Emmet digging ditches for us. This week he had worked enough hours that he went home with two radios. That is what we bartered for. We needed the help, he wanted some radios. Good trade.
Our questions for you are:
- Are you or have you participated in a trading post before?
- How did it go?
- What recommendations do you have?
- What didn’t work?
- Are there any draw backs or problems?
- Or anything else I forgot to ask
Frank and I aren’t looking to start a trading post, but the idea is there. Our small communities have places that could be utilized, so that could be worked out if there was interest. People could bring their own tables or use the tailgate of their truck to ply their wares. There is a possibility that tables and chairs could be used from a community center building.
One of the reasons this idea has great appeal to us is not to bolster the trading, bartering, buying or selling between people in our communities, but to bring people together, get people talking and possibly helping each other. We need to know each other better. This will familiarize people, not only with their neighbors, but with their neighbors abilities, or lack thereof. Fortunately, or unfortunately, it could showcase those who are the workers, the takers, the loafers and the givers. There is always someone looking for a handout, but there could also be people looking for a hand up.
Right now, Frank and I are just in the thinking, pondering, brainstorming stage. There are folks around we will start talking to about this idea and see what they think. We know the two of us can’t be an island in the coming storm. It’s time we take a more active role with our small communities. We all know that sometimes with just a little encouragement, someone will step up to the plate and help organize and support an idea like this.
So this article is a little different. We would appreciate all of the input you can give us. And like Nurse Claudia said, “all sage advice, good and bad, shared with humor” can help make this possible venture more successful, not only for us, but maybe for a number of people and communities. We look forward to hearing from you.
Until next time – Fern