Us folks at Deep River Brewing decided to head down to the Clayton Farmer's Market this past Saturday. We made our way into downtown Clayton around 11am and found ample parking around the market and plenty of vendor booths to explore!
As soon as we got out of the car we ran into Bruce Naegelen (Clayton's downtown development coordinator). He was quick to ask us how the brewery was progressing and we were more than happy to provide some updates! To our surprise, Bruce was performing as a one man band that day! Wow, can he sing!!
After the quick chat we made our way to the vendors that were on the perimeter of the town square. We were surprised how many there were. There were folks selling all kinds of things such as blueberries, honey, flowers, cakes, spices and artwork. Our goal was to meet the vendors and let them know we support them and would love to partner with them at some point.
Our first stop was the Creekside Farm booth. They had all kinds of blueberry concoctions such as blueberry jam, blueberry syrup, blueberry cider, and a whole table of other great things. We discussed partnering up to do a blueberry beer with them!
Our next stop was Cornerstone Tea and SpiceworX. Cornerstone had a great variety of herbal teas, fantastic freshly brewed strawberry tea and some fabulous shortbread cookies! SpiceworX provided homemade dip samples made with their homegrown herbs. They were all super tasty!
Next we stopped over at the Clayton Bakery and Cafe booth. Wow were we blown away at the varieties of bread they had there. We are carb feins here at DRBC so we had to hold back from buying everything. We ended up taking home the Jalapeno Cheese Bread and a loaf of Rye bread. They were awesome!
We swung by Shamrock's Buzzy Bee honey stand and also In Good Heart Farms booth. They both had great displays and were very enthusiastic about what they do. Lynn particularly loved the mini honey bear shaped bottles!
One of Paul's favorite stops was Nancy Jo's Homemade Bakery and Sweet Synergy. Nancy Jo's had fabulous banana bread, white chocolate cranberry cookies, and peanut butter cookies. We brought a few home and they were gone a few hours later! Sweet Synergy had a to die for Sweet Potato Pie cake on a stick. It blew us away! We both agreed it would be a great pairing with our JoCo White Winter sweet potato beer!
Last but not least we purchased some farm fresh brown eggs from Sonny Side Up. Those were some of the best tasting eggs we have had in a lonnnng time. Plus they were cheaper than what you pay in the grocery store! Worth every penny especially when 100% of the money goes to a local company.
Now, more than ever, we see the importance and excitement behind buying local. The fact that 100% of every purchase we made that day went directly to local businesses gave us a lot of satisfaction. Let's help each other stimulate the economy one cookie, cake, blueberry, spice or BEER at a time!!
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