It’s an understatement to say things have been a little hectic recently….
We’ve had a great summer with the Wheelie Good Coffee cart so far! We started the outdoor season (almost) on time in May – the delays are always with renewing our food safety license, but this year it was a relatively painless process. With Mr. Coffee being home, we were also able to do ‘Wheelie Wednesdays’ – twice as many markets! Woohoo!
I also saw the full range of Saskatchewan weather over the last few months, so extreme and so often targetted on Wednesday mornings that I was beginning to take it personally. Once it was so windy I physically couldn’t ride the bike at all. Another day, the head wind was so strong the mile-long ride downtown took me nearly half an hour and I felt I was cycling with the brakes jammed on! Then, I got drenched, twice in heavy rain storms. Heartfelt gratitude goes to Black Fox distillery and Pile of Bones brewing for sheltering me and the cart on those days. (Why am I always rescued by alcohol I wonder?). I have also got severely sunburnt and had to don my silly sun hat, and I started serving cold brew coffee to cope with the 30+ degree days.
Unfortunately, these market adventures can’t last the whole season this year. A bit of background: my husband lost his job back in March, and it hit us really badly as I have only been doing Wheelie Good Coffee and staying home with our kids since we closed Dr. Coffee’s Cafe. Money has been exceptionally tight!
Finally, Mr. Coffee has been offered a new job. It’s all very exciting and a great opportunity, BUT… it’s in Prince Albert. For a lot of reasons, we are not all going to move up there with him, but he is going to stay during the week and just come home on weekends. This means in turn that Mini and Baby Coffee will be home just with me, and I wouldn’t be able to do the markets with both of them in tow! So, I shall endevour to get to as many Saturday markets as his schedule will allow, but tomorrow (19th) will be my last WheelieWednesday this year.
I want to say a massive
to all our Wheelie Good Coffee customers.
Your support this summer has been amazing and we would have been in a much, much worse position without you. With no other source of income, we have literally been using the takings from my 8 hours a week on the market to buy food for all four of us. I honestly don’t know what we would have done without it.
When you shop locally, and support small businesses like mine, it really does make a colossal difference to the lives of your neighbours. You may not realise how much people depend on it when you buy coffee from the market rather than from, um, that place with the green aprons, but we do, and we appreciate every single cup you buy!
Going forward, I am going to up my roasting game! You can buy my coffee beans online at http://www.wheeliegoodcoffee.biz. Better yet, the amazing ladies at The Junction (2347 McIntyre St) will be carrying a few bags of coffee in their salon and also serving up Wheelie Good Coffee to all their hair clients, which is awesome. I am doing a pop up coffee shop in there soon too.
I am also currently hunting for other local stockists (any suggestions would be very welcome!). Watch this space or sign up to my mailing list to stay up to date with all the news and coffee conversation!