Live in the now with me for a moment, and as the last days of June come and go, reflect on the summer we’ve been having.
By all accounts, it’s been ideal.
It has been warm.
It has been sunny.
It has been raining enough that everything is green and lush.
Plants are coming in stronger and fuller than any summer that I can remember.
People are thriving.
And so is Taking Stock Foods.
Maddy and I evaluate our business’ success by various measures. One is our mission to enjoy what we do, and to find it meaningful and rewarding. The weekly routine of Taking Stock is meaningful and rewarding. This isn’t to say that it’s easy, or to undermine the amount of hard work that goes into an entrepreneurial endeavor. Personally, I just came out of a 6-month funk of feeling overwhelmed. Yet, when the work is hard, it is just as meaningful and rewarding as when we’re walking down easy street, maybe more so because of the challenge.
We draw additional joy from working outside. This is Taking Stock’s first summer farmer’s market season. Twice a week, Maddy and I get to sample our bone broth (love), meet babies (awesome), and admire dogs (fantastic). Every weekend, we get to stand under our beloved tent – which we have nicknamed tentacle – and meet the generous and wonderful people of Minnesota. There is no way to look at it that would make it seem less than spectacular.
Through the markets we have met all sorts of characters and interesting folks. Their stories and energy inform our conviction that we should be living our lives fully, around people we love, doing what we like to do.
Today, I am in doors, cooking broth all day long. We are developing new products, and there is a sense of possibility and excitement in the air. We feel confident about our product. We love what we do.
My hope is that our broth and our business is a reflection of this good feeling and good will. We’d love to chat with you at our next market, maybe meet your kid or your dog, and admire the other goodies you’ve picked up along the way. Let’s share a moment! We can’t wait to see you.