Adler produces about 500 ornament designs each year. It’s not an easy process, starting with a blank sheet of paper and “coming up with things that go on people’s Christmas trees next year,” she said.
Through the years, she and her husband, Jeff, have maintained two Holly’s Hobby booths at the fair.
Many customers come back each year to pick out ornaments, often waiting in line to get them personalized, she said. “A lot of customers know who wrote on their ornament 10 years ago and they ask for the same people to personalize them.”
It’s a good feeling, Adler said, adding, “We’re in the happy business.”
A Lesson about local foods
Stand: Urban Graze/Minnesota Goodness/Savory Spring Farms
Location: EcoExperience building
Time: Sat. Aug. 31, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Liz Talley of Brooklyn Park will be at the fair on Aug. 31, touting the virtues of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), in which members pay a fee and get a share of the harvest. She operates a company called Urban Graze, which produces handmade cereals, and is a liaison to the CSA program of an Amish farm community in southwestern Wisconsin, Savory Springs Farm.
When one joins a CSA, “you’re also sharing in the risk of farming. It makes you a true partner,” Talley said.
She’ll be at the Healthy Local Food Exhibit in the Eco Experience building on Aug. 31 to talk about the subject.
Free for kids of all ages
Stand: Paper Dolls
Location: Minnesota Territorial Pioneers Cabin