Having checked three years of Table shopping statistics, I wasn’t upset when we were off to a slow start Tuesday morning. Heck! December 2014 was down from a record-setting November, and the number of shoppers we saw Tuesday morning was up from last year. Evenings are always slower than mornings. 75 people came in the morning session so using logic and numbers, I was expecting maybe 60. Gotcha! 108 shoppers!! The good news is that we did not run out of food. We upped the amount of non-perishables people could take when the produce pickings were really low. Everyone went home with enough food to keep them going until next week. Next Tuesday will be busy since it is the last Table until Jan. 5, 2016, and I’m not guessing how many shoppers or which session they come to!
From Vicki: “Our computer program was much slower than normal… So I frequently thanked people for their patience, apologizing for not having the wherewithal to speed up the program. One of our guests put his hand on my computer, and prayed that Jesus would “heal it.” We laughed, but you know from then on, the program responded more consistently and more quickly!!! LOL!” A new solution for computer problems?
Candace made 200 bags of homemade Christmas cookies to send home with shoppers. What a treat for everyone.
Donna volunteered to re-bag large bags of flour into smaller ones and spent the evening in the kitchen doing that. Unfortunately, she came in wearing all black and left looking like Frosty the Snowman.
Wendy had samples of roasted veggies out for people to munch on, a good way to introduce them to produce they had never tried. Amazing how quickly the butternut squash, beets, kohlrabi, turnips, and Daikon radishes disappeared. Sadly, crops in the field are almost gone. We should be able to get greens and root veggies until the middle of January, but after that it’s back to commercial sellers.
Wear your Christmas sweaters, colors, hats–whatever you have–next Tuesday. There will be Christmas music to serenade shoppers and lots of joy to spread around.