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Counting Down to the Ligonier Country Market!

Pre-pandemic Market Setup

Excitement is building as we fast approach May 15th. We are all very much looking forward to the opening day of the Ligonier Country Market. We have two weeks until the big day, and we are busily readying for our favorite venue. With excitement comes stress and a bit of anxiety. Although we feel like we have mastered market preparation and set up, there are always jitters surrounding the opening day.

Soon, we will be setting up our tent in the garage to make sure it is in proper working order and void of tears or loose parts. For the first time, we will not be in a corner spot at the market. This, too, creates a dilemma of perfecting the optimal setup and design. I have been sketching out on paper different ideas for the format, but what works on paper doesn't always work in real life. Of course, The Bibbed Wonder will weigh in on the setup as well, and let's face it; we aren't always in agreeance with what is best. I'm sure this will pose many interesting conversations. I'll be sure to keep you posted...insert wink.

Last year, we had all our seasonal soaps completed before the market season began. This year, we only have up until Father's Day completed. This is a bit unnerving for us. On a side note, I love the new soap for Father's Day. Although it is on the masculine side, I believe it will be popular with a broad audience of all genders. Not only does it smell amazing, but it is also beautiful. Stay tuned to Facebook, and you will soon see the latest creation. I have a few new tricks up my sleeve to create stunning new effects; this will occupy my evenings for several weeks. I am excited to introduce our new soaps and products as the season goes on.

We are also very excited about our new spot at the market. Not only is it located on the central aisle, but it is also close to our favorite market friends. It's nice to be close to friends not only for social purposes but also to help and support each other throughout the day. I cannot say enough good things about the wonderful people I have met at the market. We are indeed looking forward to seeing friendly, familiar faces. If nothing else, this pandemic has made me appreciate the people in my life and the gift of socialization. It has been a long winter, and I am ready to see new and familiar faces.

I suggest a day trip to Ligonier to visit the Ligonier Country Market and the lovely little town if you are local. The market runs every Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon. I suggest coming early to ensure the best selection and beat the crowd. I also recommend coming with an appetite. There are so many amazing vendors who take care and pride in their products. Just to name a few are: Aunt Julia's Donuts, The Darkside Coffee, Gosia's Perogies, Logan Burgers, Gyro's, and Fired Oven Pizza. None of this is on my diet food list, but I will make an exception once in a while to partake and enjoy. Good things are happening soon, and I can't wait.

As always, dear reader, stay safe, stay smart, plan a day trip, and wash your hands.

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