It is with great excitement and thankfulness that I share with you that our first day at the Plymouth Farmer's Market was a giant success!
The transition from employee to employer has been an exhilerating, though very hectic. Many of you know that I am a certified spinning instructor and work at a local health club. I've been teaching the 8 am Saturday morning spin class for a couple years now, something I very much enjoy.
When I realized that I would have to forfeit my spinning class for the summer, I was very disappointed because I have such wonderful students. Luckily for me, my students, like all of my other friends, have been very enthusiastic about the launch of Three Little Birds.
Since my first market was Saturday, I drove over to Plymouth at 6:15 to set up, struggled with the not-so-easy "pop-up" tent, decorated my tables and briefed my two guest employees, mom and dad. For those of you who REALLY know me, you know that asking for help is something I generally avoid at ALL COST. Having to rely on someone else in order to conduct the daily affairs of my life is a tough proposition for me.
Mom and dad graciously agreed to host my table at the market while I went to teach my spinning class. When they arrived, they excitedly looked around my booth and greeted my first customer, Edna, a sweet student from my aqua aerobics class.
As I drove to the gym, I was thinking about how fortunate I was to have such a supportive network of friends and family, and how, no matter how hard I worked, I couldn't have gotten to this place on my own.
Independence is a quality shared and fiercely protected by the entrepreneur, but very few (if any) of us make the plunge without the encouragement and helping hands of others. Our work, whatever it may be, represents a large chunk of how we spend our time. With our work so woven into our lifestyles, it's easy to see why you cannot live your best life if you're not finding satisfaction and pride in what you're doing.
Life is about sharing experiences, whether it be a new recipe, new product we've discovered, music, or moments spent with those we love. There has always been an element of sharing when it comes to food and cooking. Food has long been something that inspires a sense of community and openness. The practice of sharing and enjoying food together is not only a way to nourish our bodies, but also to nourish souls.
For that reason, we believe that success should be shared. I am proud to announce that 5% of our net proceeds will be donated to benefit Haven-Oakland, an organization which services women and children who are victims of physical and sexual abuse.
I hope you will join me in celebrating the support we can all enjoy when we surround ourselves with beautiful, wonderful people who make us better every day, if we allow ourselves to be open to their kindness.
Stacy Sloan; Chef & Founder of Three Little Birds