Tuesday was our first farmers’ market of the season! Although I had been to the market before, I had never been on the work side of things. As I came into work that day I honestly had no idea what to expect, or how hectic things would truly be. The morning proceeded as any normal day in the Chamber office; Laura, the director, Jocelyn, the marketing director, and I each had our list of things to do and quickly got to work. Quick side note: when you work at the Chamber your task list is never ending! As you work to get the long list of to-do’s done, people come in the office with new tasks that need to be completed immediately. As a very task focused person it has been a little difficult for me to leave an unfinished task to work on another, but I’m adjusting to this fast pace environment quickly.
The afternoon hit before we knew it and it was time for load-in. We put on our neon orange safety vests and began to head out to Water Street, but not without a quick laugh. One thing I love about working with Laura is that she finds a way to turn any situation into a fun one. She had us take a picture to show how “official” we were and to make us all smile. We then walked to Water Street and put up barricades so people would know the street was closed for the market. Vendors arrived and we directed them all to their designated spot on the street and gave them some quick instructions on how to set-up. In the midst of directing vendors, we also had to run around and find the owners to some abandoned vehicles on the street. Once those vehicles were cleared all vendors were able to set-up with ease! Quickly we saw tents pop-up and things came together. All of the sudden there was a market and people were walking about enjoying the nice day and unique vendors.
The set-up process for the farmers’ market was a little chaotic, but it was organized chaos. The Chamber is one well-oiled machine and you can totally tell this just by the set-up of this large scale event. If you didn’t get the chance to stop by the market this week I highly recommend coming next week, and all of the weeks that follow! There are some really fun vendors, including homemade ice cream, and it's just overall a warm and inviting environment for anyone. I hope everyone has a great Memorial Day weekend with friends and family, be on the lookout for my post next week where I’ll be taking you all to look on the inside of a local shop!
Moriah Gerber is the Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Chamber of Commerce Intern, bringing you on the inside to learn about the full Chamber experience.