We have a special market coming up featuring our children.
Many of the vendors children have been setting up their own booth within their parents' booth. The parents are encouraging them to learn business skills. We fully support them.
I believe children are influenced by the elderly and maybe even love to hear stories of how bartering was a thing way back in the day.
I encourage you to come out and visit ourFarmers Market.
Experience it. It's worth it.
Have you ever bartered for something?
I don't know how far back I have been bartering but I have a knack for it.
Some examples of late have been vegetables out of our gardens for something useful that I need.
-1 gallon Goat milk for a CSA box,
-Homemade towels for cucumbers and onions.
-Family work share helping pack CSA boxes for a year's subscription of CSA. (they come every friday am to help)
-Cement work around our barn for cattle. (back when we still ran cattle)
-Job of putting in a 60 foot drain in our barn in exchange for trees of his choice. (he still comes buy to get trees after many years)
-Lunch on Fridays for our volunteers who help weed and do odd jobs on Friday mornings.( hard working Elders who offered to help us)
-Eggs for vegetables.
-Petunias for home baked goodies.
-Tuesday night Music lessons for meals. ( one of my best times with youthful homeschoolers)
-Gardening advice just to help out a new gardener!
And the list is long. I remember these transactions because they were made out of an understanding of what we needed at the time and the perceived value of what was bartered. No money, dollars involved... sounds very old fashioned but I love it.
Both parties feel good about it.
Our Seminole Community is so rich in talent, work ethics, and just simply helping a neighbor out.
Asking a neighbor for a cup of sugar and giving back with some baked goods.
Taking time out of our busy day to connect with our fellow man could be involving bartering or exchanging products , time, work and much more.
Wouldn't it be interesting to have a Farmers Market where no money was involved just bartering like in the olden days.
I am reminded that we do have to pay bills and that needs to be paid in dollars.
I have opened up the comments and would love to hear from you. Or stop by Blumenflor and let's talk!
Author- Alice Susan Wiebe
I grew up in a family of gardeners. The love of flowers, growing vegetables, and working outdoors runs deep in my veins. College gave me the horticultural backbone to my career as a Commercial Floriculturist. Blumenflor has its challenges but I am grateful that I have God as my partner in this adventure. I love sharing my experiences through this blog... enjoy!