Spring has sprung! The Southeast seemed to skip winter altogether, but now plants are actually sprouting up, turning green, and blooming. If you can ignore the pollen, spring is truly a beautiful time of year, made especially exciting by the advent of spring markets, festivals, and other local events. I jumped into spring market season by attending Modern Forestry’s “Forestry Friday” event this past weekend, and I can’t resist sharing a little of my experience with you all!
After a VERY tedious day in the office on Friday, I was 100% ready when I got home to hop in the car with my sister, Savannah, and head out for a bit of weekend fun. We had both been hearing about Forestry Friday for several weeks and were excited to meet new makers, sample some tasty food, and enjoy a time of relaxation.
Forestry Friday turned out to be a really enjoyable and laid-back event. For those who may feel overwhelmed or intimidated by massive craft markets, Forestry Friday offers the perfect balance of variety and intimacy. There were plenty of vendor tables to explore, but I was also able to pause, browse, and talk to different vendors without being jostled by a massive crowd.
The thing about seasonal markets, fairs, and events is that they’re truly there to serve the community. They create an opportunity for makers/vendors to share their goods while also providing entertainment for everyone involved. And yes, most makers have an online presence and you could easily view and order their wares through the internet; however, you can never beat actually interacting with the people behind the business and getting to view and handle their products in person.
Furthermore, these types of events offer something tangible to place on your calendar and look forward to. In this busy, bustling world, it’s well worth it to commit to a community event, gather up a band of friends, and make a memory. I look forward to many Forestry Fridays in the future, along with the advent of all sorts of different festivals, markets, and fairs coming in the next few weeks. Be sure to follow Modern Forestry on social media to keep up with more details about upcoming events!