DRUM ROLL PLEASE....Rockford City Market will be kicking off its 8th season tomorrow! I can't believe this many years have passed since I was nervously preparing for the very first market night back in 2010. The market has grown from drawing 20,000 visitors that inaugural year to 100,000 visitors as of this last one and has become an amazing place for people in our community to gather and connect. We are so happy and proud to be a part of it and we hope you will come out to break bread with us this summer! Our booth will be located at the same spot as last year, in front of the fountain on N. Water St., in between The Cheese People and Cantina Taco.
I also would like to thank everyone who came by and supported us on the opening day of the North End City Market last Saturday! The weather was absolutely beautiful that day and we had a great time getting to know our fellow vendors and the friendly people of surrounding neighborhoods. We hope to see you again this Saturday and the many after.
On the menu for this weekend : our classic Organic Country White sourdoughs (pictured below - a photo submission from one of our North End customers of how they used their C&C loaf); Cranberry & Walnut loaves; Seven Seed Whole Wheat breads with quinoa, pumpkin, sunflower, chia, poppy, sesame, and flax seeds; Black Sage sourdoughs - one of my favorites; and a City Market beloved - Baker & Brewer loaves made with spent grain from our friends at the Prairie Street Brewing Co.
In other news, our kitchen is coming together day by day. Our bakery equipment is starting to arrive which will allow us to produce more awesomeness for all our customers. We are still rooted in the traditions of artisanal baking but, let me tell ya, everyone at the kitchen rejoiced wildly when the mixer arrived this week (hand-mixing hundreds of kilos of dough is a rough life!). The electrician is working his magic over there now and a bit of demo work starts next week. We estimate that all the renovations will be finished the first week of June and I can't wait to share pictures of the completed space!