Weekly Update: January 11-17

Yet another busy week! I suppose that I have the idea that I am going to have a slow week, and that hasn’t happened so far. That being said, I always am surprised and excited when I have a busy week full of orders! This week has been extra exciting because the winter indoor farmer’s markets have started. I have also had the most orders I have ever had in a week!

I kicked the weekend off with some Friday night baking. I stayed up much later than I usually do to try to prepare for the market the next day. It would be way too much to try to get everything done in one morning, so I decided to do some prep work the night before. I was able to make cookies, and brownies that night, and saved the cupcakes for the next day. I usually do a few items that I know will still be good if they’re left out for up to 24 hours, to make my life easier. It also adds variety to my spread. Cupcakes are one of those things that are best enjoyed within a few hours of baking, so I plan my morning accordingly. Saturday morning, I woke up at 4 AM, ¬†and packaged all of the brownies, cookies, and ingredients to take them to the kitchen where I have all of my cupcake stuff. I use a different kitchen for large orders and cupcakes because it allows more counter space than my tiny apartment. At around 6 AM, I started baking my cupcakes and made about five dozen cupcakes. I was all done, cleaned up, and headed to the market by 8:45 that morning. The market began at 10, so I had quite a bit of time to set up and get organized. It typically only takes me a half hour to set up, but I just wanted to make sure that everything was exactly the way I wanted it. Right off the bat, I sold a ton of desserts. I was selling a lot of the cookies and brownies and I started to think I might sell out. As the first hour passed, I had already sold half of my product. I was shocked since I made the same amounts of everything that I had made for previous markets. Another hour passed, and all I was left with were some cookies. Only a half hour later, someone bought all of my cookies, and I was sold out. At first I had an extreme fear come over me. I was afraid of being sold out. It had never happened before. I was afraid of disappointing the people who were hoping to get desserts that last hour and a half. I was afraid of getting in trouble for selling all of my stuff. After some time of sitting in panic mode, I realized that what happened was a good thing. I couldn’t believe that so many people wanted my desserts! I was left with a feeling of accomplishment, and even more motivated to grow what I have started.

The rests of the week has been busy with orders. I had a handful of orders at the beginning of the week as part of my Meatless Monday meals. I delivered all of those meals and got to rest for a day. As I write this, I am in the middle of prepping for my biggest meal delivery day so far. I am very nervous, but also know that I will finish and deliver a product that I’m proud of. I have a lot to do still, so I will share a full update next week!

Much like every other week, this week has reminded me why I am doing what I do. The more I get into my business, the more I find myself exactly where I need to be. Being busy tests my limits, but it also tests my commitment to what I am doing. This week has really showed me how much Vegan in Wyoming has changed my life in the most positive way possible.

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