Being a cloth napkin kinda girl, I just did what I do when I go to any restaurant - I bring my own. But then in occurred to me: maybe there is something I can do to help! I mean, Kylie, the Village Cafe's owner (and one of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet) is a huge supporter of both the farmers' market and the local food movement, she always takes really good care of me at the cafe (sometimes I even get stuff off the menu - shhhh!), and the woman makes a mighty fine meal. There must be something I can do to return her kindnesses and support.
So, 2 months ago I went on a mission to solve the napkin crisis (cue Mission Impossible theme music). I tried several thrift stores (nobody carries them) and kept my eye on all the clearance isles (still too expensive per piece - good gravy!) until I had all but given up. It was then that I realized I had some extra fabric sitting around. Now, I don't sew or anything, but the wheels started cranking. The next thing I knew, one very unsuspecting vendor at the farmers' market offered me a cloth cover for my info booth. "You sew?" I inquired. The rest was history.
Helen, who sells eggs and seasonal veggies with her husband at our farmers' market, lugged her 1930's sewing machine, supplies, and yard after yard of fabric and settled at my kitchen table for a sewing party - not once, but twice! Not having touched a machine since 1987 (oh, my!), I did the cutting while Helen manned the machine.
The first night of sewing, I made brownies (to keep our strength up, of course); the second I made homemade pizza and chocolate cake. We laughed, shared stories, exchanged ideas for making the market even better, and made the best gosh-darn cloth napkins ever! We put in quite a few hours of work (especially Helen - that's a lot of sewing!), but in the end, we have been able to provide the Village Cafe with about 175 cloth napkins (and in the process, I made a dear friend). Oh, and the leftover fabric scraps? They'll go to one of the market vendors who'll use them to make the most beautiful dolls and journals I've even seen (you might remember, I bought some of the dolls a couple weeks ago).
Well, I do believe that about does it! Mission Accomplished!