Recently, when I began telling people the big news that I am about to share with you about Creativity Tribe, I would say it and wait for the Earth to rumble back in delight. The actual rumbling never happened, but my heart would leap ever so slightly, and I would know that my decision to apply as a year-round vendor at the Corpus Christi Southside Farmers’ Market was the right choice. And with that…. it’s not hard to guess my announcement… You can now find Creativity Tribe at the Southside Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings!
Yep! There goes the heart leaping… and the tummy fluttering with a bit of nerves too!
As a matter of fact, sitting here, just a few weeks since joining the Farmers’ Market family, I keep thinking about what makes us a good match for the Market…. and the Market a good match for us. Before I go there, let me talk about the US in that statement.
Since the beginning, Creativity Tribe has been my baby … with my sweetie Eric Payne acting as my biggest supporter, official Creativity Tribe roadie, occasional contributor to projects, and A-number-1 creative consultant. Eric is an artist in his own right and a creativity advocate. And over the last year, we have begun to blend our talents more and more. I am creative consultant to his projects, and he to mine. We brainstorm about artwork we produce and often create art together for the Creativity Tribe Pop-Up Shops.
So, when I say WE are a good match… I mean Mr. Payne and Me. AND… I mean Creativity Tribe as a creative biz and entity of its own right!
A Good Match
The day we found out we were accepted, my mind began dreaming on all things agricultural. I don’t think my life necessarily screams “country-girl” at first sight, but my beginnings had strong whisperings of it. I grew up on a couple of acres on the outskirts of town. My parents had what I called a micro-farm. We had chickens, an occasional cow or goat, horses, and a sizeable garden. In the morning when Mom made breakfast, we would ask her if the eggs were homemade. They usually were. We could even tell her when they were store-bought by the color of the yolk. When my mom passed, I leaned away from homemade things. I relied more and more on store-bought.
Additionally, when I met Eric, I loved that his family had strong agricultural ties. We made natural, slow food a bigger and bigger part of our life. Our country living roots have shown up more and more in our life the last several years and that is due in some strong ways to the Southside Farmers’ Market and its people.
Loving the Farmers’ Market
The Farmers’ Market first hit my radar when I was working at the Women’s Shelter of South Texas, now called The Purple Door. I was the weekend case manager. Every Saturday, a bit after noon, a bright-eyed woman named Sharie would ring the bell with a delivery of farm fresh veggies she would have brought straight from the Market.
I loved delivering the basket to the kitchen of the shelter. Over the course of the week, I would watch as women incorporated the veg into meals for the families there. Sometimes, the vegetables would seem foreign to the ladies. Inevitably, one woman would teach another how to use it, or they would research what this was and how to prepare that. It was one of my favorite parts of shelter-life…seeing the community reach in and inspire creativity and wellness for the families there.
Consequently, I began wondering what I would do with the veggies if they were in my home, and eventually, I made my first trip to the Southside Farmers’ Market. While there, I discovered the donation basket that Sharie would bring. I was one of the few people to see its offering in full circle. That was the beginning of loving the Farmers’ Market.
Sharie is now a dear friend…..
Creativity Tribe at the Farmers ‘Market
In February of 2011, (wow… 8 years ago!) an opportunity came up to share my art at the Farmers’ Market Craft Fair. Seasonally, the Market expands itself for a day, opening to more handmade art and crafts vendors. I jumped in and did Creativity Tribe’s FIRST EVER pop up shop there.
Here is the progression of our set up there over the years.
When I first began, my set-up was small and rather rough around the edges, but it was a start! Each year, I tried to improve. Over time, I have honed my art-offerings and developed a pretty sharp-looking tent. Nowadays, I adore the Creativity Tribe Pop-Up Shop! It is colorful and overflowing with whimsy! I am so very proud to represent handmade art side-by-side with the other makers and to offer all the support I can to our fabulous Farmers.
This picture was from Instagram Story for our first official Farmers’ Market a few weeks ago!
What’s to Come
Next week, I will share a peek at some of our regular art lines. In the meantime, I would love to encourage you to fall in love with the Farmers’ Market in your area. And if that area happens to be OUR area, hop out and come visit Creativity Tribe
Come out and say, HEY!!!