Unfortunately, dreary light rain fell for most of the market. Our meteorologist at Wunderground steered us wrong on that one.
Regardless, sales were strong and the product came out nicely. I was (finally) happy with our Sweet Poppy Babka -- getting the filling consistency right has been a great learning process. You want to stir the poppy candy on medium-high heat until you can see the bottom of the pan and the surface looks shiny and feels syrupy on a plate. Then, allow the candy to set without any stirring until it comes to room temperature -- any stirring after it stops boiling hard destroys the sugar's crystalline bonds and makes the candy go liquid.
New vendor: Under Bob the Trailer Guy's tent, we sidled up to a new vendor, Jo Pelligra, who sells her Spread vegan cheese in four varieties, Cheddar, Goat, Smokey, and Port Wine. It uses an almond base, and as a fellow Old West Durhamite, we totally support her gig!
Our awesome customers: ADK, Leia, Alex K. (great bartered cheddar biscuits (with whole wheat flour and cornmeal)), Crystal&Clinton&Dashielle, Bob P.
SZ with husband of giveaway winner, Wendy T. (we didn't catch his name)
SZ with giveaway winner Bob P.
DFM update: An inside source at DFM tried to convince me that our application was not as poorly received as I had thought. Out of 49 applications, ours made it to the final round where Chicken Bridge was selected over us because 1) They have a larger product line of more variety with greater capacity to increase future production (they currently supply four retail spots in addition to the Carrboro Farmer's Market); 2) This is the fourth year they have applied; and 3) The wife on the team is also pastry chef at Andrea Reusing's nationally-recognized Lantern. I think our Durham-ness should take precedence, but it sounds like Chicken Bridge was perceived as a bigger name/bigger draw.
Meeting of the baker minds: I finally had my first conversation with Ron Graff, owner of Loaf -- really nice guy. I will totally take him up on his offer of a tour through his new digs. His croissants are some of the best that I've had in the Triangle.
Da Crew: Big ups to SZ and RML. Rainy days at the market always take a special dedication and you guys have it. Saturday was the first day for strawberries at DFM -- eating those first pickings of sweet Spring fruit together is an awesome tradition to be shared by friends. Also big up to RG on the rainy delivery route.
Coming up: Passover 2012. Passover is kind of like the baker's anti-holiday, but we are going to try to come correct with some matzo, macaroons, and macarons.