Let's Get Fresh: Guest Blogger, Cut Flower Vendor Shyla Yoder Talks about Market Debut

By Connect-Bridgeport Staff on September 03, 2017 from Let’s Get Fresh via Connect-Bridgeport.com

Bob's Note: This week we present another in our series of posts where we let the vendors tell you a little about themselves. This time around we are featuring our new cut flower vendor, Love Shyla. Shyla is also the Market's newest vendor having setup for the first time last Sunday. As you can see in the pictures below she may just have the most beautiful tent at the Market. Be sure to follow Love Shyla on her blogsite (which is where this post was first published), on Facebook, on Instagram, and finally on Pinterest if that's your thing. Welcome to the BFM, Shyla!
My Flower Stand at the Farmer’s Market
By Shyla Yoder – Love Shyla
The Bridgeport Farmer's Market was so gracious to grant me a space at the market. This past Sunday we debuted our garden-grown flowers and natural arrangements for Love Shyla and had such wonderful success!
The process of getting ready was invigorating, I felt so excited to re-establish my business here in West Virginia, and so warmly welcomed!
Flower prep started early Saturday morning at dawn when the air was crisp (beginning to feel like autumn) and dew fresh on the ground. After tying my canvas apron around my waist (handmade by my dear friend Sue) I cut flowers on long stems, bucketfuls at a time. Organizing them by color theme, considering how I would arrange them. Each flower had it's leaves and foliage removed for better workability.
When all the flowers were cut, I moved inside, flower buckets filling the room around an empty work table and floral snips in hand.This is my favorite part. Having a roomful of living beauty in a vast display of unique colors, shapes and sizes is so invigorating - the art just comes alive - I'm sure you'd feel the same way!
I started with the large vase arrangements, which take the most thought but are one of my favorite results, then moved onto paper-wrapped bouquets, designed for you to arrange yourself, in various assortments and then filled several small vessels with miniature flowers like charms.
Sunday was funday. Flowers all arranged sitting in buckets ready to deliver to the market. We set up with the other vendors while the morning was still quiet, the sweet man beside us who does leather works (Gene from Tanner Leather Works), made it all the better (he is making a custom braided camera strap for me - ask him for anything leather and he'll be delighted to make it for you).
Read the remainder of Shyla's blog and see plenty of photos of her work at the Bridgeport Farmers Market Web site HERE.

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