From now till the end of September, it’s crazy season at Summer House Soaps. Five days a week, Sarah, Priscilla, or Maggie will come to pack up for one of six farmer’s markets we’re selling at this summer – often arriving as early as 6:45 in the morning.

I’m the substitute for the days when someone can’t make it, plus I’ll be selling at several craft shows in July and August. I keep the cash boxes filled with bills and coins and enter the sales at the end of each day, while Julie stocks for the next day’s market. Our wholesale business also explodes during the summer, and we make, cut, wrap, pack, and ship between 1000 and 2000 bars of soap each week. (And of course I’ve got my second job.)

Phew! It’s a lot to keep up with. Fortunately, and I am blessed with a wonderful crew.

But this is nothing compared to what the farmers have to manage during the summer months. Every morning before loading up their trucks, they go out into the field and pick their day’s produce. One farmer I talked to is selling at 16 markets each week, plus running a farm stand, weeding, watering, tending his chickens and livestock, and supervising his employees.

And elsewhere on the Cape, retailers and restauranteurs are gearing up for the coming flood of visitors.

All winter and spring, we’ve been waiting for this moment. We brace for it, and welcome it. It’s the joy/craziness of living and working in a seasonal economy.