MORE THAN A YEAR into the pandemic and we all needed this—an outdoor event to bring us together, to reclaim our collective sense of community, to reconnect with friends we haven’t seen in way too long.
This event marked our re-entry into community life, now that Randy and I are fully vaccine-protected. It felt good, oh, so good, to experience a sense of normalcy again. And even though crowds were large and most attendees were unmasked, we felt comfortable given our vaccination status and the outdoor setting.
For a May day in Minnesota, the weather couldn’t have been more perfect. Sunshine. Blue skies. Warmth. Absolutely ideal for outdoor vending of treasures, selling of locally-grown/raised/made goods and indulging in fair food.
What made this gathering unique, though, was the overwhelming feeling of optimism. I sensed it. Felt it. Experienced it. An undercurrent of joyfulness.
I know events like this don’t happen without a lot of behind-the-scenes effort and hard work. So to all the volunteers, vendors, farmers and others who planned, showed up, set up, sold, engaged in conversation, welcomed us back to experience community, thank you. I needed this day. We needed this day. Saturday’s event reaffirmed for me just how much I value interacting with others. And just how much I’ve missed those connections.
Please check back for more photos from this event.
OMG – love the camper turned into food truck – oh so cool! It makes me get the feels when I see people gathering again (breaking out of the bubble slowly). I love the wood art too – who cannot hang some Americana and then add in some roosters and chickens and if there is a pig one I am sold. Happy Exploring – Happy Day – Enjoy 🙂
I didn’t notice any pig art. Lots of chickens, though. And, yes, that food truck is pretty incredible, including the food. It was a 15-minute wait to get our buffalo turkey bites and salad. But well worth it to eat local.
This looks like so much fun! I know people are feeling so joyful to participate in anything that resembles our “normal” life!
Oh, Penny, you would have loved this event.
Wow, this is a large flea market! Does it happen weekly?
Jackie, the Rice County Historical Society’s flea markets occur twice a year. One in the spring and the other in the fall. This is the largest the market has ever been. I attribute that to the weather and to people wanting to be out and about after this past pandemic year. The addition of the farmers’ market and the food trucks made this an even better event.
Sounds like a fun place to be on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.And feeling almost back to “normal.”
Oh, Valerie, it was sooooooo much fun.
Love, love, love this!!!!
So glad you enjoyed the “tour” of this event, Norma.
Looks like a wonderful time. I think you found me some natural dyed yarn to purchase the next time I am home.😊
Oh, good. The hues of that yarn are lovely, aren’t they? Yes, please support Dresow Family Farm.
Just purchased two skeins! 😊
Excellent. Thank you for purchasing from Dresow Family Farm.