Here in our first year, we have had the good fortune to be invited to be a vendor at several well known area events. They include the Cheese Festival in Central Point, Earth Day at the Oregon Gardens, the Silverton Arts Festival and the Marion County Fair.
We have worked a couple of these events, had a great time, made a modest profit, and learned a lot. We now understand what such venues demand for success, and come to find out that we do not have the needed infrastructure, logistics or staff. With what we have, our cart and our very crowded van Vanna, we simply cannot make and sell enough crêpes to do well enough at those events to generate a return that supports the increased revenue over our farmers market income.
There are only so many crêpes Lynne and I can make, only so many fillings that we can craft. Now that we have done a few dozen markets and events, we see that we can only do so much with what we have. To expand further brings increases in costs and labor that would be difficult to recoup without doing more and more events, and that starts us down a very slippery slope of burnout. So we have declined some incredible events, and are putting our catering on hold until the fall.
Time will tell whether or not this was a good decision.