Last summer was my first farmer's market and it went really well. I was asked back this summer so of course I jumped at the opportunity. Our first day was supposed to be a week from yesterday. Unfortunately there were thunderstorms galore so the people running the market wisely cancelled last week.
So yesterday was the first day and what a beautiful day it was. Kids in these parts are not out of school yet so I planned on only a so-so turnout. I went light on the ribs and cooked 24 racks hoping some people would show up. The market starts at 8:30AM sharp, runs until 12:30pm and to my surprise I had sold 10 racks in the first half hour. I couldn't believe it but by 11:AM we were sold out. Had to turn a bunch of people away.
Now the really cool part...I get a call from a friend saying "dude you're famous". I said don't F with me what's up? Apparently some famous food critic from Philadelphia was there and bought a rack. This morning he posted on Twitter the following.....I couldn't believe it..
Honestly I had never heard of this guy but some people in the industry said he's the biggest food critic around. I took a shot and emailed him. Much to my surprise he wrote back...said he really liked my food and I should probably make a few more racks next week since he has more than a few Twitter followers
Anyway I'm certainly not trying to brag at all....just wanted to share with my Brethren some cool things that can happen in the BBQ world. Oh by the way....these are the smokers I used at the market. One of my buddies said "I can't believe people would eat ANYTHING that was in those greasy trash cans..."