What a difference a little sunshine and warmth can make!
Let’s face it…the winter months were hard. We were caught in a consistently bad weather cycle that saw high-winds, deep freeze, and torrential downpours in 8 out of the last 12 Saturdays. It was a challenging time for our vendors dealing with elemental circumstances beyond anyone’s control and the resulting relatively light foot-traffic.
But this weekend we saw what a normal weather-free market should be!
At One Loudoun, the Saturday Farmer and Artisan marketplace started at its new and permanent location on Atwater Drive with great visibility to Route 7 traffic. As a result, the return of many long-standing faithful customers was accompanied by many new customers who specifically mentioned they were attracted to the market activity while they were driving.
The market started at a relatively moderate pace but rapidly and consistently picked up momentum after the first hour. In all, there were close to 500 people passing though the market enjoying the professional music, hot breakfast and lunch choices, live farm animals, and the many wonderful vendor products. Of course, with Easter weekend in particular, it was also great to see the many, many families with children enjoying the Easter Egg hunt! It was so busy that nobody really noticed the formal market closing time as people kept coming in!
Not to be outdone, the new EatLoco Sunday market at Brambleton also had an exceptional inaugural day. With customer counts nearing 600 people, there were many local residents expressing both gratitude and excitement about having their very own weekly farmer and artisan market right out their font door. With a myriad of vendor products and services to choose from, the live entertainment, and the sound of children’s laughter all thoughout, it was a very special day indeed.
EatLoco is extremely thankful to its vendors, supporters, sponsors, and especially to its customers who made such a wonderful weekend possible.
All we can say is “Thank You!”