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Farmers Market
« on: January 16, 2016, 11:34:27 AM »
I attended a local farmers market this year and had lots of success. i am still growing as a gardener, and this was my second market year. The market in 2014 was a big failure, and I was lied to about lots of things just to get my to sign up. I got almost a full refund after calling the Market manager on everything. That market doesn't even exist anymore. The market I did in 2015 is still growing, but had consistent vendors each week and a lot of regulars throughout the season. I plan to go back this year, 2016, with more and more items for sale, as well as growing my canning and preserving section, and seedlings.

The following are a few pictures of my tables.
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Re: Farmers Market
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2016, 03:13:48 PM »
I am sorry to hear your first season was a bust, but glad to hear the powers-to-be did the right thing and gave you back most of your application fees.


on a successful 2015 season. Your produce and presentation looks great!
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Re: Farmers Market
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2016, 04:38:29 PM »
Thanks Maggie!

I can't wait to get back there this year and see all my regulars. Once my Sugar Snap Peas are in season people will be flocking to my booth :)
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Re: Farmers Market
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2016, 12:19:41 PM »
I'm very impressed.  You have beautiful produce and it's artistically displayed.  Lot's varieties too.  If you have it priced right I would think people will flock to your tables.  That's going to be a hard act to follow and I look forward to seeing pics from this year.  Excellent job.
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Re: Farmers Market
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2016, 12:59:41 PM »
I'm very impressed.  You have beautiful produce and it's artistically displayed.  Lot's varieties too.  If you have it priced right I would think people will flock to your tables.  That's going to be a hard act to follow and I look forward to seeing pics from this year.  Excellent job.

Thank you! I am looking forward to it. And this year I will be less nervous since I have been there before. I was very worried last year that people wouldn't like my vegetables and buy from the other people. But I have a few niche things that no one else grows, so that helps with getting people to come in. But my staple things like tomatoes, peas, beans, zucchini, they will always sell well.  :)
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Re: Farmers Market
« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2016, 06:51:13 PM »
I forgot to include the video I made of the market. Pictures from every week I was there. It is fun to look back on.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_C02EQPdKw
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Re: Farmers Market
« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2016, 09:32:03 AM »
Very very nice display. Your product looks good. I'm sure you'll do well this year. Sometimes it takes a season or 2 to build a client base but you shouldn't have a problem with those products.
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Re: Farmers Market
« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2016, 09:12:03 AM »
Your product looks good and your display gets customers attention.  I suspect your next problem (if you call it that) will be growing enough produce to keep up with demand.  I'm reading an excellent book "The Farmers' Market" I will be using many of the ideas it talks about.  I highly recommend it to new and experienced growers.

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Re: Farmers Market
« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2016, 09:19:03 AM »
   CraigT            Where did you get the  Farmers Market book?

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« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2016, 09:33:20 AM »
I got my copy at our annual Farmers market meeting.  It is for sale through Amazon the edition I have is from 2005 which you can get for around $0.40.  There is a newer edition out which is around $20.  "The New Farmers' Market" by Corum, Posenzweig, and Gibson.

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Re: Farmers Market
« Reply #10 on: February 09, 2016, 01:44:19 PM »
Your product looks good and your display gets customers attention.  I suspect your next problem (if you call it that) will be growing enough produce to keep up with demand.  I'm reading an excellent book "The Farmers' Market" I will be using many of the ideas it talks about.  I highly recommend it to new and experienced growers.

I am hoping that is the issue this season! I already am planning on increasing what I grow. Hope it pans out as the work load will be immense.
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Re: Farmers Market
« Reply #11 on: February 11, 2016, 07:14:21 PM »
Big believer that what you are doing with your display = increased sales.  My wife has helped me a lot in stepping up the appearance of our stand.  With that said I plan on plagiarizing some of the ideas you are using down here in Texas.

I'll agree that you need to be ready to have an "immense work load" this year.

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Re: Farmers Market
« Reply #12 on: February 11, 2016, 08:17:48 PM »
Just make sure you send me my check for using my ideas. 😉
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Re: Farmers Market
« Reply #13 on: February 12, 2016, 05:45:48 PM »
The check is in the mail.

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Re: Farmers Market
« Reply #14 on: February 22, 2016, 02:34:40 PM »
Great stand. My wife and I are preparing to sell at a booth.  However, one of the things we will be selling, besides our veggies, is our honey.  We are the actual owners of the hives, and the beekeepers.  However, in the state of Texas we are called "processors" since honey - even raw honey such as ours - requires processing ie taking it from the comb.  We have to have a permit from the local health bureaucracy and a "manufacturers" license from the state.  All told it's only about $250 a year but it comes with the heart ache of dealing with bureaucrats.
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Re: Farmers Market
« Reply #15 on: April 08, 2016, 02:21:00 PM »
Hey just curious why you don't do a CSA? I would think it would be more stable income and you could plan a little Easier?? Just curious, your stuff looks great!