My MooseHerders and I arrived early in the morning with a modest selection of ducks, chickens and geese and quickly put up our canopy, table and portable poultry pen. The feathered flock was soon nibbling on Erin's pasture and getting rehydrated after a long car ride. Folks were milling about prior to the 8am "selling start time" and were very curious about what poultry or farm related product each vendor was preparing to sell out of that day.
I had 2 extra Holderread Penciled Indian Runner boys from my spring order I was preparing to sell. Those birds were as nervous as ever and abjectly refused to stand at ease; they chose instead to peer nervously at their growing audience and sort of dance from foot to foot like a 5 year old who needs to use the potty. The young Sebstapol goose was taking everything in stride (I could have sold him 10 times over!), and my affable juvenile Welsh Harlequin was attempting to charm the chickens into being his pals for the day (since he was raised by a chicken mama and didn't know he was a duck) and those Marans cockerels were not having any of it. All in all it was shaping up to be an interesting day at my booth.
Tons of folks stopped by to chat with me at length, get advice about waterfowl, and tell me about their own flock. I gave out many business cards and collected a few as well. What a great place to network! There was so much to see and hear at the swap: Craftsman selling poultry housing and nesting equipment, crafty-crafter ladies peddling so many wonderful handhewn wares, local feed stores, chicken farmers, duck farmers, guinea keets, peacocks, muscovy, turkeys, pheasants, chukar, bunnies, goats, and pigs (ADORABLE)... I even saw guinea pigs!
And - holy moly - Someone had the nerve to bring some gorgeous German Shorthair puppies... O My GOODNESS! Those hounds were absolutely snugglicious! I barely contained myself at that booth. I reminded my hard farmrgirl heart that hunting dogs and ducks were not the best bedfellows. *sigh*
For more information or to be added to her mailing list, Erin's blog can be found here: http://mdpoultryswap.blogspot.com/.
Don't forget: When you're in the area be sure to have lunch in one of the local establishments. We did (twice - once in Boonsboro) and were NOT disappointed mmmmm... good!