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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

It's Maple Weather Time in Wyoming:
Brisk Weather, Indoor Setting Draws Crowd to Maple vendors' show

Mallorie Diefenbach, Daily News -- Deb Johnson, owner of High In Fiber in LeRoy, and her granddaughter, McKenna Coniber, 16, also of LeRoy, selling their wares.

Despite the cool and rainy weather, people came down to Wyoming for the annual Sweet Time Maple Vendor Show. “It started as small business Saturday in November,” said Nicole White, owner of Sweet Time Maple.

When COVID hit in 2020, the show took place outside and White said there was more space. People felt safer being outside. This year, the intention was also to hold it outside. However, with the rain, it became an indoor event.

White said fortunately or unfortunately, there was a small number of vendors, so everyone fit inside and stayed dry. The vendors come from not only Wyoming County, but Genesee, Erie and Monroe counties.

“We’re trying to promote local shopping,” White said. “A lot of it is homemade stuff.” In addition to Sweet Time Maple, there were nine vendors and a food truck.

Deb Johnson, owner of High In Fiber in Le Roy, and her granddaughter, McKenna Coniber, 16, also of Le Roy, were a couple of those vendors. Johnson was selling items made from alpaca wool, while Coniber was selling glasses on which she had etched designs and wooden plaques with words written on them with twain.

Johnson had been selling at the Sweet Time Maple Vendor Show since it started five years ago. She’s had repeat customers over the years who come down just to buy her wares. The most popular items which are sold are the socks, hats and mittens.

“The cooler it is, the better our sales are,” she laughed.

Johnson said alpaca fur is better than wool due to how it is on a microscopic level. Wool has little barbs on its hairs, which is why it’s itchy. Alpaca wool is hollow and doesn’t have those little barbs. It’s also hypoallergenic and water resistant.

Coniber, who aims to build her own house someday, said she was selling her pieces as a side business and aiming to become more familiar with the tools. She said she wishes she brought a wooden Bills flower she had made, noting they tended to tell out quickly.

Linda Maizellaro, of Wyoming, had come to the Sweet Time Maple Vendor Show for the first time this year. She lives nearby and heard about it from a friend.

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