My Booth at Market

Updated: Nov 29, 2019

Lavender Lori my booth at the market

Since I began growing lavender I have been a vendor at one Missoula market or another; actually, I have vended at all of those downtown. For 8 years I held a booth at Clark Fork River Market under Higgin's Bridge. All but one year my transportation to market was one tricycle that you see in the photo (taken by D. McAdoo). I retrofitted the trike to fold up and out as my display and sales booth. It came with the basket between the two back tires. And I attached the one to the handlebars and the two to the sides. What makes it 'minimalist' is the amount of space it takes up, it has no carbon footprint (other than a little methane) and the time it doesn't take out of my life/pocketbook.

I only require about a 5 foot space to set up, which meant cheap rent at any market. Breakfast, coffee, and a market snack; the fuel needed to peddle the 1/2 mile to and from market. Not having to pull a vehicle into market before and after for unloading and loading saves an immense amount of time and frustration.The price you pay for a farmer's produce rarely covers her time spent farming, and crafting her product, let alone the time it takes to set up and take down her market booth. So my theory is; It better take less than a half hour to setup and break down. And I certainly don't want to get caught in the traffic jam that ensues at the end of a 6 hour stint of standing out in the hot sun selling my wares. Been there, done that. When loading up the trike I was much like an outfitter packing my mule.

Everything either has to collapse or fold up; my chair, an umbrella. Clip on or tie down; I utilize lots of clamps and twine to attach buckets for fresh bouquets, attach the umbrella, tie down things that will blow out on the fast peddle to town, clamp trays into place to extend shelf space. I used a couple screw clamps to attach a board to the back basket; an advertising billboard as I peddle about and flips up and over the basket as my display table while vending. And everything else has to nestle into the attached baskets securely for the ride.

This is Shorty. See, he is riding his own trike!