Country Maple Farms Shelburn MA Jim and Angel Bragdon
Mar 4, 2014

SBN Local Food Trade Show

Amongst gearing up for sugaring season we took a trip to Boston to be a vendor at the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts Local Food Trade Show.


We had a lot to do before heading to the trade show.  We printed more business cards, had to make up a price list and have copies made and we had to get our brochure printed, etc…  The night before the trade show Jim wanted to make sure everything we wanted to bring was going to fit on the table.  So, he set up a table in the living room…

We were trying to figure out how to display pictures on the table.  We thought about printing pictures and displaying them that way.  Then I thought we would be able to display more pictures if we did a PowerPoint Presentation.  I quickly threw together a nice slide show.  Here are a few pohotos from the slide show.

I also thought it would be a good idea to show some of the other things we do around our farm.

Once we knew everything was going to fit on the table off to bed we went.  If you know me you know I am not a morning person.  This morning we left the house around 5:30am.  We wanted to be parked by 8:30am.   We were successful!  The trade show was held at Northeastern University.  We had plenty of time this morning to walk over to where the trade show was happening and set up.  Here I am setting up the little sample cups of syrup.

Here is a picture of our table all set up.  Do you notice the “Win a free bottle maple syrup” sign?  The sign hanging down on the front of table has a typo in it.  So, we did a little game.  If people could find the typo we gave them free syrup.  I think we gave away 2 or 3 bottles of syrup. 

We had a really good time today.  We met a lot of nice people.  We even saw a few familiar faces.  Bart’s Ice Cream had a nice little set up and Apex Orchard had a nice set up too.  The two hours of the show flew by.  Here is a picture of Jim standing at our table.

Lots of people were asking about maple syrup.  There were a few people who had never tried real maple syrup.  They really enjoyed tasting it.  It was a long day, but very enjoyable.  We are glad we went.