• New and Occasional Vendors

    Hi Everyone! This week I want to write not about the vendors that have been with us since the beginning, not about the vendors that greet us with their familiar faces week after week, but instead those that pop in once in a while to introduce us to their unique products, hoping to become a more permanent part of this amazing market. These occasional vendors fill in for the permanent vendors if they happen to be unavailable that week. They are excited to spend a Sunday with us, and we always look forward to trying new things at their tents!

    Currently, the Hillcrest Farmers Market hot food section has over 35 quality gourmet food Vendors from about 23 nations. And there are even more vendors that want to share their cuisine. Did you know that two to four new Vendors apply to the HFM every single day of the week,  yet only 5 to 8 new permanent spots open up per year? It is a real conundrum.  If only there were more space…

    So this week I want to introduce you to a couple of stand-in vendors, both of which hope to gain a home at the market. First is Sherry Siery from Datesyi. Please enjoy this short interview!

    When did you start your business? How long have you been at the market?

    January 2014 , been at market (occasionally) for 2 months and half.

    Describe your business in one sentence.

    Healthy snacks with everything dates! Also some dried figs and apricots.

    What is your favorite item on your “menu”?

    Stuffed dates especially tahini and biscuit.

    What is the most popular item on the “menu”?

    Date and hazelnut.

    Do you have any new items you’re planning on featuring in the near future?

    Yes, date brownies.

    Tell me a surprising fact about yourself or your business.

    Became passionate about dates in my arabian gulf travels.

    What is another vendor at the market that you frequent? What do you get there?

    Suelue, coconut cookies.

    Is there anything else you’d like the blog community to know?

    I am very Passionate about what I do because not only are dates healthy but tasty in so many ways!

    Thank you, Datesyi!

    Another occasional vendor at the Hillcrest Market was Rickaroons. I grabbed a photo of Rachel a few weeks back and sampled the treat. Wow. What a fantastic, healthy treat! Of course, I am partial to anything that is coconutty. I loved hearing about Rickaroons. I hope you enjoy this interview as well from Grant LeBeau, son of Rick LeBeau, creator of Rickaroons.

    When did you start your business? 

    We started the business in 2013.

    Describe your business in one sentence.

    We make delicious treats that double as a dessert and a fuel for athletes.

    What is your favorite item on your “menu”?

    We have a seasonal flavor called the “Rick-or-Treat”. It is chocolate pumpkin and delicious.

    What is the most popular item on the “menu”?

    Our first and original flavor – the chocolate blonde

    Do you have any new items you’re planning on featuring in the near future?

    The Rick or Treat was just released so we are still working on the next flavor.

    Tell me a surprising fact about yourself or your business.

    We have shipped Rickaroons to 6 different countries and almost every state in the US and we only started !

    What is a vendor at the Hillcrest market that you frequent? What do you get there?

    Bitchin’ Sauce – Chipotle.

    Is there anything else you’d like the blog community to know?

    We eat Rickaroons every day. All day, every day.

    Wow, the chocolate pumpkin flavor just sounds delicious. Can’t wait to grab one of those!

    I hope you enjoy tomorrow’s market, and visit vendors, both old and new. See you there!

    -Market Girl

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