What a day!

We had our best day ever at the farmer’s market today.  Thanks to everyone who helped us get ready, visited the booth, asked us random questions, and bought stuff!

Here are my random observations about market shoppers, in no particular order:

  • When we have bigger piles of stuff, people buy a LOT more.  Doesn’t matter what it is.
  • The serious vegetable shoppers come out early.  People who are more leisurely come later & also buy more flowers.
  • Once berry guy runs out of berries, I can apparently sell the amount of berries I bring for any price I set.
  • The serious shoppers are repeat shoppers.
  • If I have something that no one else has, it will almost always disappear rapidly.
  • No one seems to care that I am not USDA certified organic, as long as I tell them I don’t spray any chemicals on anything.

We’re moving to a new spot at the market next week.  We are looking forward to this because we’ll be able to park the truck behind us instead of having to move it after set up and bring it back for tear down.  Hopefully the customers will still be able to find us!

Berry Busy

I’ve been a little remiss in posting lately because all my free time is being spent picking berries!  Right now almost a gallon of blackberries per day come out of the hedgerow, with a little help from me.

The garlic sold like hotcakes last week.  I predict we have 4 – 6 weeks worth of garlic to sell this year, maybe less if sunnier market days give us higher sales.  This Saturday is supposed to be scorching hot, so I’m wondering how that affects the market turnout.

Berry Good News

Berries are saving us right now!

With the delay in our crops due to the weather, it’s been wonderful to have tasty, saleable fruit growing in all the fencerows & back in the woods.  I tried my hardest to get poison ivy on my hands today, picking the first of the blackberries.  The last 10 days or so, we’ve been braving lots of adverse wildlife (mosquitoes) and vegetation (the aforementioned poison ivy, plus tons of other, non-fruiting brambles) to bring in some tasty black raspberries.

It looks like we have 2 different varieties of blackberries, one of which is ripening now, one of which is much more twiggy & upright & is nowhere near ripe yet.  I have to admit that when they are dead ripe and still warm from the sun, I like them a lot more than I thought.