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Brothers in Business, Saxon and Bryce Posey

January 27, 2016 1 Comment

My vendor neighbors at the Heirloom Farmers Market on Sundays are one of the reasons I have so much fun there. Our Garden Goddess Ferments booth is favorably located next to two awesome food trucks and a dining area. All the vendors are helpful and friendly with each other, usually offering a vendor discount as well. I met Saxon Posey on my first time at the market, so I was delighted that our permanent location is right across the way from the Posey brothers business, Desert Edible V’eggs.  The name is derived from the recycled egg cartons used as packaging and seed starting greenhouse. Saxon gives credit to his younger brother Bryce for the colors on the logo. They are a cool team.

The well designed starter kits for gardeners are complete with everything you need to begin a garden.  All you add is water and care.  As Saxon explains, the small time gardener rarely uses a full package of seeds.  The V’eggs seeds are planted in peat pots ready to start indoors or in a greenhouse.  The box they come in is the first mini greenhouse used to start the seeds.  After they sprout the lid can be lifted.  When the seedlings are a couple of inches tall they can be planted into the ground or a larger planter to mature.  Their system is practically fool proof, and brilliantly well planned.  The boys want their customers to be successful as farmers.  They have created 35 different garden packs that are seasonally appropriate.   These are the kits they offer at the farmers market.  They are also creating a new line especially designed for elementary school gardens called Schoolhouse Crops.  They feature really easy to grow varieties in the Schoolhouse kits to give the schools a better outcome.

The brothers are personable, funny, and are masters of their own creative business while still in the 4th and 6th grades.  I am mighty impressed with this family of entrepreneurs.  I feel lucky to know them at this young age, and have to wonder what they will do with this business experience in the future.  With a little encouragement from their mom Erika, also a friendly addition to the market booth, there is no telling what these powerhouse Posey boys will create.  It is impressive to watch them work. They are featured this month in the edible Baja Arizona magazine, which is a real source of pride for Saxon as you see below.

young entrepreneur

young entrepreneur

Entrepreneurial Spirit, Magic Kenny Bang Bang

January 26, 2016 2 Comments

The Dillinger Days party at Hotel Congress is always a great community event. People enjoy the car show and the costumed gangsters as well as both of our beautiful antique firetrucks on display for the occasion. A fire in the Hotel Congress lead to the arrest of public enemy number one in Tucson in 1934.  The era is recreated each year and the locals enjoy watching the reenactment, which includes cops, robbers, and antique firetrucks.  A good time is had by all.

I was eating lunch at Maynard’s Market at the train station while  Magic Kenny Bang Bang sat at the bar talking to friends.  I asked about his top hat costume, which seemed over the top, even at Dillinger Days.  He told me that he is a professional magician.  Oddly enough, I had just read his name a few hours earlier in association with an event he will MC on Valentines Day and had wondered who he is.  He was waiting for his piano player to arrive for a show they would perform later in the afternoon.  He did a magic trick at the bar that did baffle and amaze me, so I asked for a quick interview.  He was gracious to oblige.

I think the combination sommelier/magician is a unique one.  He can do all kinds of magic, but primarily is a people person who enjoys entertaining.  I did not stay downtown for his show but think I will go to the Valentine’s event to see what he will do.  I love to see the different ways people can make a living from their talents.  Magic Kenny is a great example of ingenuity, creativity, and skill.

Magic Kenny Bang Bang

Magic Kenny Bang Bang

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