Wednesday, October 29, 2014

What has gone before

Blessings and hello everyone!  I am happy to be back again with the blog, and I wanted to let you know what's being happening with us over the last few months.  I apologize for the long absence, but it was necessary for a variety of reasons.  Without going into a lot of details, I was involved in a serious car accident in February where I suffered an multitude of injuries including a head trauma.  While the healing continues, I am happy to report that I am much better now, and have a better handle on what I need to do to emerge onto the other side of better health.  I appreciate everyone who has offered support and encouragement to me over the last nine months.  Your expression of love has truly been a gift to me.

Farmers Market

Terry and I have concluded the final weeks of Farmers Market season.  As always, we enjoy our time with the wonderful vendors and shoppers at both the Midtown Farmers Market, and our newest location, at the Prior Lake Farmers Market.  Not only has there been an increase in traffic at both locations, but with the increasing attention being paid to organic foods and sustainable living, there have been numerous opportunities for teaching and learning as well.   Being sensitive to our "Peeps," we are always open to new suggestions for products to benefit our customers.  As a result, this year we have added several new baked good selections tailored specifically to the Farmers Markets, including Terry's Cranberry/White Chocolate scones, and her delicious Organic Wild Rice Bread, made with Native American ceremonially harvested wild rice.  The bread in particular has been so popular that it disappears by the end of the first hour of the market day.  Since everything we make is made fresh, only a limited supply of it can be made currently.  As time resources become more available, we hope to one day be able to increase production enough to satisfy the demand for this wonderful product.

This year we have added our wonderful friend Mary Ellen as valued part of the
Winter Goddess family.  Her assistance at the market and elsewhere has been a great boon for our business, and to me personally.  I would have been hard pressed to get things done in my current condition without her hard work, dedication and valuable insight.  She is truly a blessing to our lives!

Business opportunities have opened our way as well, and we have added Fine Acres Market in St. Croix Falls WI. as our newest wholesale partner.  With our newest out of state addition, we have officially gone regional!

Minnesota State Fair

While many of you already know this, I believe it is worth repeating for our blog followers who have yet to receive the news.  Terry has scored her second ribbon from the Minnesota State Fair for her organic baked goods!  Last year she received the yellow ribbon (5th place) for her zucchini bread.  In August, she received a blue ribbon (First Place) for her oatmeal muffins.  I am extremely proud of her accomplishments, and she is very happy to receive this endorsement of her baking prowess.   As I have told her time and again, she has "mad skills."

I thank you all for your patience with me as I continue on the road to recovery.  I look forward to posting on this site on a more regular basis as the days go by.  Be well and be happy!