Well, actually it’s not a toy but a cold extraction column for coffee. It is supposed to product cold coffee to make ice coffee. I can’t tell you yet how well it works because I am just in the middle of producing my first batch. I can tell you that it is slow and would not be practical in a retail environment, at least not at this size. It brings me back to my analytical chemistry days. It is basic column chromatography. Add water slowly and you will extract the most soluble compound. In this case it is the coffee flavour.
And now for an update on the new farmer’s market in Long Sault…………
I like the hours. Friday afternoon at 1 AM works just fine for me. Actually the market officially opens at 2 PM but people start driving in just as we are setting up and we deal with them as best we can. It’s been two weeks and it is encouraging. People have stopped making a wide berth around my booth and are actually talking to me. My sales doubled from the first week. The only problem I had was my tent blew over and a piece of the framework broke. It was a lesson learned. Always tie down the corners of the tent even if there is no breeze. It only took one quick gust of wind and off it went.
I expect minor problems like that. Life is full of little vicissitudes but even these small problems can be a source of fun. I laughed like a fool while I was chasing my tent across the parking lot.