Fast forward to now. We've moved to "The Triangle", and there at least 8 major farmers markets within 30 minutes of home. Some of those markets run two days a week. One of them runs every day! Needless to say, opportunities abound for the hobby musician like myself. I'm not looking to play music professionally or sell out concert halls, but I do enjoy playing songs for people and seeing them smile, dance, and sing along to the music. A farmers market is perfect for that. There are people out in the open air, enjoying the slower pace not found in the grocery store.
So far I've played at a couple of different markets, and have another couple lined up later in the fall. One market in particular that I've enjoyed playing at a couple of times so far is the Carrboro Farmers Market. Open all year round on Saturdays, they also have a smaller, Wednesday market that runs through the middle of November. It's these Wednesday markets at which I've had the opportunity to perform, and it has been a blast. The customers are great, as are the vendors. I see nothing but smiles as I sit on my stool playing my guitar, smiles I've had nothing to do with; it's just a light, lively place. I play my guitar, sing my songs, and watch the people walk by. Some of them throw some loose change in my open guitar case, which is always appreciated. The other vendors, meanwhile, like to offer their goods as tip for my busking. The first time I played, I received a loaf of bread, a jar of jam, a hot dog, and some chocolate.
|the hot dog and chocolate were pretty quick to be consumed... :P|
This afternoon, I got another loaf of bread, more chocolate, and a pile of other goodies.
Mmmm, boy do I love farmers markets! Thanks vendors, you rock!
From my last gig at the Guernsey Country Farmers Market:
"Thanks for the music. From your friends at Miss Lee's and Waterlily Creations."