Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Sweeeeeeeet --- and a little salty!

Last spring I thought...what could I do someday in retirement (for fun, mind you) and for a little pocket change?

I asked myself, "Well Sandy, what do you like?" I answered, "Food." I thought another second and smiled and said, "People --- when they aren't complete idiots." So the hunt began for a hobby business that hubby and I could do, when we wanted, how we wanted, without much investment and not much training.

The equipment was ordered and arrived. We read the owner's manual and we understood it. We ran some test batches and it was delicious!

We decided to practice on the unknowing peoples of southeast King County, Washington...prepping ourselves to go "pro" someday in our retirement state of New Mexico. We joined the vendors at the Maple Valley Farmers' Market this June and started our adventure.

We're a hit!

Hubby, "The PopMaster", mixes his secret ingredients together to make an addictive concoction of popcorn and sugar. He fires up the propane burner under the 40 gallon stainless steel kettle and it sounds like a jet readying for take-off. Heads turn and people gather. Kernels heat up, pop wildly and fill the kettle. The popcorn pours into the sifting table.

At the sifting table, I sprinkle some salt on your hot, sugary popcorn. While it's still warm I bag it for you, twist tie it for freshness and hand it to your quivering hands...and take a little of your hard earned money. But you don't mind. Not one bit. You come back week after week to the Farmers' Market. You tell me it's the only reason you come to the Farmers' Market. Geesh, we love you guys!

Ahhh...can't you just smell the love?


clairz Wednesday, July 07, 2010 3:42:00 PM  

Sandy, this is so much fun to see! And you are right, the first thing we think about when we go to OUR Farmers Market here in Las Cruces is yum, kettle corn!

Glad you are off to such a great start on retirement. Well, sort of. Just hurry on down to NM for the rest of the good life.

the7msn Wednesday, July 07, 2010 3:45:00 PM  

Where's that smell-o-vision when you need it? I'm craving some of that kettle corn.

Sandy ~~~ Wednesday, July 07, 2010 3:47:00 PM  

OMG --- yes! It won't be perfect until we are popping in a different, more easterly, southernly time zone!

2Grandmas2 Wednesday, July 07, 2010 4:03:00 PM  

It is the only reason I go down to the market here. I admit; I am a Kettle Corn addict. The bag from you didn't last the ride to Kenmore...but then the Nug-man wanted his share as well. (Your's was better than the locals here.)

Sandy ~~~ Wednesday, July 07, 2010 4:09:00 PM  

Heh-heh wouldn't believe how the smell of kettle corn PERMEATES everything. Someday you will be able to find our place in Corona, by just stickin' your head out your truck window!

Sandy ~~~ Wednesday, July 07, 2010 4:10:00 PM  

Nancy...really? Better? Sweeeeet!

penni Wednesday, July 07, 2010 4:39:00 PM  

I will vouch for it -- my shipment was the perfect blend of sweet and salty. I wish I could just drive to the farmers' market to replenish my supply.

Unknown Wednesday, July 07, 2010 5:32:00 PM  

popcorn is my fav! I like mine sans sugar. Do you offer that?

2Grandmas2 Wednesday, July 07, 2010 8:42:00 PM  

(and a little salty) ;o)

Sandy ~~~ Wednesday, July 07, 2010 10:30:00 PM  

Nope...sorry Cara. This is Kettle Corn and that means sugar and salt. Wouldn't the real deal without the sweeeeet part!

Jenny Friday, July 09, 2010 11:24:00 AM  

Oh mercy! I love kettle corn! I just ate some (microwave ... sorry) a little while ago! I can almost taste how wonderful yours is. They sell it this way down by the riverfront in Savannah, Georgia ... but I'll bet yours is better! Great idea for your business. Can't miss.

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