Lunch off the canal was the newest addition to the 3 French Hens Country Market Saturday.
“We decided the market is so successful we wanted to take the next step, special events,” said Monica Vogel, owner of Ruby Begonia’s and co-creator of the market.
A “Ladies Luncheon” was offered to those who pre-registered. About 16 ladies participated in the event, where they received lunch, pie, a floral arrangement workshop and supplies to make their own arrangement.
The luncheon was held to celebrate the recent publication of “Pie•ography,” a cookbook featuring 42 pies and the women behind the recipes, said Vogel.
Book photographer Traci Thorson of Plano and photo stylist and baker Anne Marie Klaske from Nada Farm ate with the guests discussing the recipes and then signed books.
Traci Tessone, owner of Whimsy and co-creator of the market, taught the floral arrangement workshop, making a small teacup arrangement with fresh pink roses.
“What a great idea and I will definitely do it again,” said Kathy McFarland of Morris. “I want to sign up for the next one.”
“I could not have done this on my own. It’s beautiful and I’m so impressed with myself,” she said while finishing up her arrangement.
At next month’s market, there will be a “Grilling with Herbs” luncheon that will demonstrate cooking on the grill as well as having lunch.
This luncheon is open to anyone interested.
The luncheons are $48 a person and can be registered for at Ruby Begonia’s and Whimsy in Morris or by calling either store.
Saturday’s market had about 139 vendor spaces filled, which is more than last month’s first market of the season, said Vogel. Last season, the market ended with 99 vendors.
From fresh eggs to bedroom furniture, the market offers something for everyone. To add to the experience, the French Hens are hoping to find some musicians willing to play live music for the market-goers.
This season is Blackbird’s Bowl Natural Pet Foods and More’s first time at the market, said Nancy Ramsey, employee of the Morris store. The pet-friendly stand had both people and dog visitors.
“It’s very nice. It has a lot of out of town people who come. You really find out how many people come from out of town to enjoy it,” she said.
Diane Cress of Verona is a previous visitor to the market who returned Saturday just to browse. She bought herself some small wine glasses within just a few minutes of getting to the market.
“It’s fun to see what all the vendors have,” she said.
For more information on the 3 French Hens Country Market, visit www.3frenchhensmarket.blogspot.com.