chocolates, chilies, flowers and an empty table

October 3, 2010 |  Category:   nyc the biz

We had a week long deluge of heavy rain last week, some of it from the effects of the passing hurricane so it was also weirdly warm, muggy and humid, so when Saturday rolled around in all its sunny, cool, Fall glory, I think the whole city of NY cheered. Maybe this was the reason why the Chile Fiesta at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens was packed. As you may recall, last year’s event was a muddy wet mess, but still with an awesome turnout. This year the weather was perfect and the turnout was off the hook crazy. It’s been a really long time since we sold out our table. We did it yesterday in about 4 hours. By the time the girls and I got to there around 4pm, the table was sad with just a few random packages. The place was still teeming with people. We didn’t even have any postcards left.

It’s such a crap shoot figuring out how much to bring to markets and fairs. Obviously it’s far preferable to sell out than to bring products back (although if you’re our neighbor, you certainly benefit from the overstock, which is a win/win for all because if it weren’t for you guys, I would eat all the cookies myself. Seriously, I would eat. them. all.). It does feel like a missed opportunity though, to make more cash when you sell out of your limeade and pumpkin cookies just 2 hours into the event. But you can’t beat yourself up for not having enough time to make more stuff. Just like raising the kids, we’re doing the best we can.

Mia and I came home Friday evening to see Claudine at the table finishing up dinner by herself. Mark wasn’t in the kitchen or the office so we asked her where daddy was. She said he was on the bed. Mark never takes naps! But I think the long hours and night shifts are taking its toll.

It’s going to be a long Fall and holiday season.

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  • jennifer October 3, 2010 at 10:00 am

    oh, i wanted to come so badly but we didn’t make it:) what a perfect day for it!

  • Nidhi October 3, 2010 at 11:55 am

    I love claudine’s top and mia’s dress…such fun patterns! I want those in my size!

  • Caddy October 3, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Jenna, as always your pictures are lovely. The girls have such cute print dresses. They reminded me of Vera Bradley. Your products sound delicious I wish I could try them but I live all the way in South East Asia. Hello from the tropics! 🙂

  • ChantaleP October 3, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    Love the pics! I love the girls outfits, love those prints. Hang in there guys. Hope Mark and you get some much needed sleep..

  • angela October 3, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    ok, i know that you get a lot of these questions, but I’m just dying to know where you found claudine’s sneakers. I’m having a hard time finding something practical that makes the aesthetic cut for my daughter this fall.

  • Noah October 3, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    Stunning pictures as always..

    Still shooting with a t1i? We’ve got our first baby on the way and I’m thinking now’s the time to jump into a DSLR… Maybe overkill for my skills, but I’d like to learn and get better.

    I’ve got a lot of friends recommending the canon t2i


  • Jenna October 3, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    jennifer, it would have been good to see you. It’s such a nice event and becoming a highlight of all the fall festivals.
    Noah, yes…still the t1i and I’d recommend it if you’re just jumping into DSLR. I of course, already want a better Cannon camera!
    Angela, C’s sneakers are Mia’s hand me downs and getting small so they are old. They are pumas though.

  • lauren October 3, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    um, hello gorgeous children! you have such beautiful babies- and great photography skills. can you please come follow me around and help me look glamorous?? 🙂

  • elaineganmaclaine October 4, 2010 at 12:39 am

    Love the fabric colours on your daughters! 🙂