We love the Thursday Farmer’s Market on 8th Street; we look forward to it every week. Sure it’s a tight space with a lot less vendors than the one in Dupont, but it’s our market and it covers the basics well. In our years of going to this market the vendor who is by far the most crowded is the baker, Quail Creek Farm. The photos in this post were taken at about 3:30 pm last Thursday. In the above photo you can see one, maybe two people at some vendors. In the below photo of the baker there are five people at the counter and off camera there were more on the way.
From 5:30 pm or so until the market closes at 7 pm the baker is a mass of bodies trying to get a loaf of bread, a slice of quiche, or a sweet dessert. We like Quail Creek Farm, but don’t kid yourself that it’s the prices that drive their popularity. Loaves of bread are not cheap at this baker, so much so you’d think more people would be making their own bread. Our point here though is that bakers are popular businesses at all farmer’s markets, and we think it shows that a store front bakery could do really well downtown.