We had a Rain Out in National Farmer’s Market Week (but you get Free Shipping)

This week is National Farmers Market week. We attend a lot of Farmers markets.  We enjoyed attending Farmers Markets before we started Glynne’s Soaps, it was fun to walk around and see all the different items. We also enjoyed finding that special item we wanted to take home and of course we enjoyed the fresh local veggies we could enjoy each week.

Marshall at the Farmers Market

After three years of getting up early and schleping our goods to market 2-3 times a week from May to December we have a different perspective on Farmers Markets. We have a huge respect for all the people each week who work hard to bring their goods to market – on time fresh and local. But there is more, it’s the people who spend their time to coordinate the effort (these things just don’t magically happen). There are people who make sure the little details are attended to and that all the vendors are arranged and cared for. Then there are the customers, the people who come each week. They stop to say hello, even on weeks they may not need your product. They are truly the reason we get out of bed some weeks – the thought of their friendly encouragement.

Because of the recent surge in buying local in-season produce, Farmer’s Markets have experienced growth of 10% in 2012 after a 15% growth in 2011 and Glynne’s Soaps is proud to be a part of two local markets – The Carolina Beach Farmers Market and The Poplar Grove Farmers Market.

We had planned this post to go today and coincide with today’s farmers market at Poplar Grove, but unfortunately, for the second week in a row we suffered a rain out at this market. There still are a few diehard vendors that are at today’s market, but water and soap mix great for using, but not so much for selling :)

We have great hope that God will provide a dry Wednesday some day soon (not that we don’t appreciate the rain) and we’ll be back at the farmers market at Poplar Grove. However, our website is always open  and for today only we’re offering FREE SHIPPING – just use coupon code ‘RainOut’ so hop on over to www.glynnesoaps.com and we’ll ship your order to you.

Go enjoy a farmers market this week! You’ll be glad you did and so will the vendors.

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Where We Have Been

2011 was a great year for Glynne’s Soaps.  We have grown and expanded in almost every area.

New Products

Our product line is always growing.  Some new things that were developed in 2011 include:

Glynne's Soaps NoZes & ToZes Paw Balm

Glynne's Soaps Llama Loofah

    Llama Loofahs – available in 2 scents, these unique exfoliating soaps caused quite a stir
    Simply Olive Oil soaps – made with 100% olive oil, these soaps are very moisturizing and come in three scents – lavender, lemon balm and unscented

    Flip Flop Balm – for flip flop friendly feet, these are a hit during the summer
    Rescue Lip Balm – a carob flavored lip balm that gives back, proceeds go to dalmatian rescue
    NoZes & ToZes - balm for your canine friend’s dry nose and feet
    Breath Spray for Dogs – an effective all natural spray for your dog’s breath, reduces tartar as well

New Festivals

Gayle & Marshall at Riverfest

In addition to the Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market, Pleasure Island Fresh Market and other festivals, in 2011 we also participated in the Leland Farmer’s Market, Azalea Festival, Riverfest, Wilma’s Holiday Expo and a larger number of fairs and festivals.  Look for this to increase again in 2012.

New Locations

Glynne’s Soaps also expanded our number of wholesale locations to include places like The Veggie Wagon, Carolina Farmin‘, Artful Living Group and more.    We also were accepted to be a part of Abe’s Market, an all natural online marketplace. You can see a full list of our locations in the sidebar to the right.

New Staff

How Can I Help You?

In March of 2011, we added a new employee.  Marshall joined us from Kentucky to become the Assistant Sales Manager.  If you visited us at a farmer’s market, you might have had the privilege of meeting either him or Wrigley.  Getting out and meeting

Thank You For Visiting Glynne's Soaps

our customers is one of their favorite activities.

Thank you all for participating with us in our journey.  We are looking forward to the new things that 2012 has in store for us.  Stay tuned for our next post “Where We Are Going” to get the inside scoop on some things that are coming in the new year.

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Farmer’s Markets are Great

Marshall

Hi everyone!  It’s me Marshall, the new assistant sales manager at Glynne’s Soaps.  Everyone else is hard at work and not paying attention to me, so I’m hijacking the computer to write a blog post.  I’ve been working at Glynne’s Soaps for about 4 months now and am getting the hang of how things work.  There are lots of perks including cookies, snuggles and regular baths with a great soap.  (=

As I learn more about working at Glynne’s Soaps, I am getting to participate more in the business. One of the best things Wrigley and I get to do is go to the farmers market.  Going to market is great fun because there are all sorts of people who are very interested in paying attention to me.  Sometimes they don’t know they want to pet me, but I make sure they get to anyway.

Marshall & Friends

Just yesterday I was at the Leland Farmer’s Market and the vendor set up next to us had three boys that were the perfect ages for playing with.  The four of us found an open area where we wouldn’t disturb people and ran and ran.  We took a few snuggle breaks and made sure to get lots of water, but mostly we ran.  I’m still exhausted from my adventure, but it sure was fun.

There is still time to come see the Glynne’s Soaps staff at a local farmers market.  Wrigley and I go as often as we can.  We are at the Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market every Saturday from 8-1 and at the Leland Farmer’s Market every other Sunday from 11-3.  The markets are a great place to get Glynne’s Soaps products, local foods and crafts.  We can’t wait to see you!

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Farmer’s Markets – not just for Farmers

The dictionary defines a Farmer’s Market as a “group of stalls and booths where farmers and sometimes other vendors sell their products directly to the consumer”. Farmer’s Markets have become a very popular way to purchase natural, fresh and local alternatives to many things that are usually purchased in grocery stores or other big box stores.  They also draw communities together.  Jenn’s father would go to his local farmer’s market religiously every Wednesday morning.  He rarely returned with any purchases, but was able to spend time interacting with members of his community.

A report put out recently by the USDA states that the number of farmer’s markets operating in the US increased 16% in 2010.  This means that there are currently over 6,000 markets operating in America.   There are many benefits to this type of shopping.  Buy purchasing locally, you know where your food is coming from.  In many instances, you can interact directly with the person who produced the product you are buying.  The people selling most likely are environmentally conscious and concerned about the health dangers of eating processed food and the dangers of chemicals and pesticides.

Glynne’s Soaps has been gearing up for the Farmer’s Market season of 2011.  We will be participating in at least four markets this year, the first of which opens on March 19th in Carolina Beach.  The Pleasure Island Fresh Market will run for 6 weeks this spring at the marina in Carolina Beach.  Beginning in April we will also be at the Poplar Grove Farmer’s Market on Wednesday morning and the Leland Farmer’s Market every other Sunday.  And beginning in May, you can find us at the Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market.  For a list of the exact dates, you can check out our calendar.  And, if you happen to be out of the Wilmington area, you can search for a local market here.  You can also check out a map showing all registered Farmer’s Markets in the United States here.

If buying all natural, fresh and local products is as important to you as it is to us, make an effort to check out a Farmer’s Market in your area.  You will be glad you did.

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Weekend Woes

It was an absolutely glorious weekend here in Eastern North Carolina. Here at Glynne’s Soaps we spent the entire weekend recharging our batteries and renewing our spirit for the upcoming Farmer’s Market season. As we discussed in our last blog post spring has sprung and all things are waking up and enjoying the warmer temperatures and sunny days. Flowers are blooming, birds are singing and bugs are biting. While the mosquitoes have not made their début here in Eastern North Carolina, the “no see ‘ems” are out in force!

Greenfield Lake

Azaleas Blooming at Greenfield Lake

On Sunday, we enjoyed some time on our bikes as we rode around Greenfield Lake. The lake was beautiful and the azaleas were blooming and beautiful. We are riding with a newly formed group aptly named Slow Spoke Cyclists. It is for people who like to ride but wish to also take their time and enjoy the sights. Our ride would have been prefect, except our slow pace did not allow us to out run the “no see ‘ems

Now you may be wondering why, I am taking the time to tell you how our lovely ride was spoiled but what I am really telling you is about how we were caught out in the ‘real world’ without our own product. You see we make Bug Off in an all-natural soap AND an all-natural lotion which has six essential oils which all have bug repelling properties. We felt completely silly to have not taken some along with us.

Sure, we could use pesticides to keep the “no see ‘ems” and mosquitoes off us or the fleas off our dogs but when we consider the impact on our health and on the environment as a whole, we choose to act responsibility for us all. Is Bug Off lotion or Bug Off soap the right choice for you, too?

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