Katie, of the Soy Much Brighter candle company, also organizes The Vegan Market series. And she is a powerhouse. She gathers and supports amazing local plant-based vendors, and hosts them all during recurring editions of The Vegan Market. This past Sunday, Bartlebyâs was delighted to be a part of the Motherâs Day Edition, held at the armory building in Somerville.
We were tabling at the event, which means we could offer pre-packaged items only (no cooked-to-order sandwiches or salads). We had stacks and stacks of nuggets and tubs of sauce that you devils had pre-ordered online (see our Pick-Up page for how to orders nuggz anytime!) and also had some Mini Party Packs of 15 nuggz available on a first-come, first-served basis. And you came! So many happy faces showed up to celebrate #nugglife. Some couldnât wait to find our truck out in the streets for lunch service, and immediately found and followed us on Instagram to keep tabs on our schedule.
We also debuted our new, fully compostable buckets. Theyâre kinder to the environment, and we think theyâre cute, too. Who doesnât like food in buckets?
Itâs wonderful to be surrounded by small businesses that not only understand your mission, but also share it. Weâre already booked for the next edition, coming up soon on June 10th! Itâs the Mini Vegan Market at Winter Hill Brewing in Somerville, and weâll be providing good eats with another local vegan superstar, Littleburg. Hope to see you there!
Taza Chocolate really knows how to party! Their annual shindig features great food and beverage makers, a DJ spinning beats, and a live band. I think my truck crew danced the entire day! Plus, of course, Taza provided all the amazingly delicious stone ground chocolate you could ever want. (It should be said, repeated, shouted that Tazaâs products are organic, ethically traded, minimally processed, and that many of their bars are certified vegan. They do good things.)
The crowds were so fun, and loads of people had a locally brewed cider or beer in hand while they enjoyed the lovely spring day. Iâm thankful for the good weather (the original forecast called for cold rains), which likely boosted the number of devils we fed. We actually sold out in the last twenty minutesâafter serving over 200 people!
The good vibes continued even after we closed the truck, cleaned up, and headed back home. I got to see the photos and funny comments that customers posted of us that day. I love engaging with you devils face-to-face and on social media. And Iâm seriously so excited that Bartlebyâs gets to be a part of this vibrant community. I live in Somerville, so to park my truck and serve my food in this city as a peer to a local business that I look to for inspiration, is truly, truly a dream come true.
The New England VegFest is a wicked whirlwind! I was so excited to be there and see the thousands of smiling faces celebrating vegetarian/vegan companies and small businesses. I am honored to be among this group of hardworking, like-minded individuals who put their blood, sweat, and tears into growing companies that are good for the world.
Itâs especially great that VegFest lands so early in our truck season. The good energy of the event gives me fuel and inspiration for the remaining eight months of the year! And Iâm grateful for all our devilicious customers who came out that day (and every day weâre on the road). Special thanks, too, to the organizers and volunteers who guide the vendors with endless patience, and provide outstanding promotion and outreach to make the event such a success. Itâs no small feat, and Iâm already looking forward to next year!
We got to be a part of the latest installment of The Vegan Market on February 17. There were so many amazing vendors crammed into the Arts at the Armory building in Somerville, I was excited just to be near them. The Bartleby’s table was tucked between Luna Pines and Soy Much Brighter. Luna Pines is an incredible jewelry line that draws its inspiration from Mother Nature and seeks to capture the energy from crystals. Soy Much Brighter is my favorite places to get candles―all hand-poured, nontoxic, and emitting the most dreamy fragrances. Across the aisle, Jennifer Lee’s Bakery juggled a never-ending line (can’t wait for her new Worcester shop to open!) and Pressed’O had its organic juices flowing all day. Chefs Stephanie and Scott of Mobile Cooks (which connects plant-based chefs with underutilized, beautiful, and unique spaces around Boston) showcased some of their latest dishes. It was a blast to be among such diverse talent!
Keep being devilish. Luvyaaaaaah!
Matchstick Market in Clinton, MA is a weekly farmers and artisans market that is hosted all year long. The mission, in their own words, is "to cultivate an empowering space that is family-friendly, supportive of our local economy, and gives farms, artists and entrepreneurs a platform to positively contribute to our community." The magic Matchstick crew seeks out vendors who prioritize sustainability, environmentalism, and ethics as part of their business models, so we were honored to be a part of the scene a few weeks ago. The November 11th installation of MM was called Salvaged Salvation, and included vintage dealers, artists specializing in upcycled goods, recycled apparel, and other awesome things.
It's so well organized and curated! I recommend everyone goes. Among the group of talented vendors were Jennifer Lee's Bakery, specializing in allergen-free goodies, and The Plant Deli, serving up incredible handmade vegan meats and cheeses. My only regret about Matchstick was not being a part of more of their Sunday markets. Our one visit was on a beautiful, sunny, but wicked cold day. Lots of devils were excited to see Bartlebyâs parked out front, and most people returned to the truck to take more food to go! That warm response brought me so much joy, that it honestly didnât seem so cold out after all. I canât wait for next season at Matchstick Market, because I will be sure to dedicate many more calendar days to attend.