|Late September Harvest|
It's October and we have been enjoying some beautiful fall weather. However, the frosts are coming and we have to get the garden beds ready for winter, which means a lot of weeding and clean up ahead. Fortunately our show schedule is winding down, so the upcoming weekends should be mostly free.
The whole family has been busy with fall trade shows. While we expect to do a lot of garden shows in the spring, fall shows have turned out to be excellent opportunities for us to get CobraHead tools in front of a lot of real hands-on gardeners, (our best customers) and for us to make more contacts in the garden industry.
Last month we mentioned the National Heirloom Expo in Santa Rosa, California. Anneliese was barely back from California, when she and I drove out to Seven Springs, Pennsylvania for the second Mother Earth News Fair
at that location on September 24th and 25th. This is another show with a sustainable living theme. It was almost twice as well attended as the 2010 show, and we were very happy with our sales and contacts. It was heartening to see a lot of what one might term "just folks" very interested in gardening and in living a more sustainable lifestyle.
As I didn't get my fill of driving with the 1295 mile round trip to Pennsylvania, I followed it up last week with a 1250 mile round trip to Charleston, West Virginia, where Judy and I exhibited for CobraHead at the International Master Gardener Conference on October 12th and 13th. As the name implies, this show audience was all gardeners, and we were very happy to be there.
Shows like these are extremely important to us. As much as they are financially helpful, they are equally important in that they give us confirmation that real gardeners like our products and we know that if the hard-core gardeners like us, they'll let the more casual gardeners know about CobraHead.
We are happy to announce some recent winners for the newsletter sign-ups we offer at trade shows. Marilyn Moore won at the National Heirloom Expo, Jerry Senger won at the Mother Earth News Fair, and Karen Martin was our winner at the Master Gardeners Conference in West Virginia. All won a $50 gift certificate good for shopping for any of the items we sell on our CobraHead website.
Thanks for reading our newsletter. We like to talk gardening and food. Please don't hesitate to send us your comments or ideas.
Noel and the CobraHead team.