Music at the Mentor Farmers Market
One of my favorite places to go on a Saturday morning is the Mentor Farmers Market (in Mentor, Minnesota). My sister and mom are vendors there, selling produce from their two-acre garden between Gary and Fertile. Because Mentor is so close to where I live in Erskine and is within the school district where I teach, I know many market frequenters.
I do help my sister and mom when needed, and I usually buy a few things from the vendors, but I really go to the market mostly so I can visit with the vendors, because they’re truly the nicest people you’ll ever meet.
One friend who was there nearly every Saturday wasn’t a vendor. He was the entertainment. Alex the Fiddler set the atmosphere for the whole morning. Unfortunately, he is now off to college and will no longer be fiddling there.
Anyway, that’s where I come in. I was asked whether I’d be interested in taking over for Alex. I took some time to think about it, but honestly, I couldn’t be more excited at this point. I’ll need to go keyboard shopping so I have something portable to play, but the music is ready. I have so many songs that I have written that I’ve retired over the past few years. I’m looking forward to playing them again, and perhaps even selling my remaining stock of CDs that I made but didn’t sell three years ago. Maybe this will inspire me to write more music too.
The Mentor Farmers Market will finish up its season on Saturday, September 26th. I, however, won’t start playing at the market until the next season starts on May 7th of next year, because I’ll be so preoccupied with school starting. I hope to see some of you there next year—not necessarily to hear me play, but for all the reasons I mentioned above!