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Old 08/31/13, 11:26 PM
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I have been selling baked goods at our local farmer's market. I sold out the past 2 weekends! It took a few weeks for people to know I was there & what I had. It is going well now.

How are the markets going in your area? Ours runs until the end of October.

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I guess that I am one of the odd ones. Even though many baked goods look wonderful I don't usually buy them...I look at the vendors and acess how they look..clean, groomed..etc. I assume that the vendors have a license of some kind from the state for their kitchen and clean health issues and all. Actually know of a women who has a license for baking in a church kitchen. She is a wonderful person and baker but her kitchen is really not very clean and rodent problems she complains about often..But, yet again I would think many kitchens are cleaner than fast food places around town though.

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Old 09/01/13, 08:15 AM
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We had a HUGE day at the market yesterday - sold over $700 in breads and baked goods. Our kitchen is inspected regularly and we are clean and well kept. We follow health dept guidelines and our inspection rate is always 99% for cleanliness.

That said, our one market goes year round, however, starting in October, we move to the local extension office parking lot and then as weather requires, we will move inside. In November, we move it to once a month and we've been doing that for the last 3 years. The other market we've involved in is in a tourist-y kind of area and since the tourism has dropped off with the schools starting and all - that was finished up this past Thursday.

The baking for the farmer's market has been paying the bills for us for a long time. We bake 3 or 4 days a week. We have help with the dishes and a regularly scheduled cleaning lady. The bakery is in a separate air conditioned building and WE DO GREAT. People recognize our label and come running! Good luck Wendy - once they know you, the quality of your stuff and how good it looks - they will keep coming back!

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Old 09/01/13, 09:46 AM
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my sister sells crafts at the one in our town, it it is a very tiny one. There are people selling the usual fruits and vegetables and some selling wood crafts, sewing and crochet crafts, jellies, baked goods, etc.

I'd like to sell there some year, but the drought did us in this year

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We have a pretty large market (at least 125 vendors) that runs until the end of September.

While we sell produce, there are a number of bakers, both commercial and home. MT allows the sale of baked goods from a non-certified (home kitchen) at farmers' markets, but the county sanitarian requires a (free) license to sell. That means that the baker agrees to follow their guidelines, but there are no inspections.

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Old 09/01/13, 11:56 AM
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I love the Hernando, MS Farmer's market. It runs through the end of October too, but the milk and the egg guy are there year round. Am seriously considering participating as a seller when hubby retires.

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Old 09/01/13, 11:59 AM
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Our local farmers market is very small. We looked into selling some of our farm products (eggs etc)...but the rules and regulations are so tough that we have been turned off even trying.

For example, if some one is listed as selling 'eggs' no one else can come and sell eggs! How silly is that??

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Old 09/01/13, 12:07 PM
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While we sell produce, there are a number of bakers, both commercial and home. MT allows the sale of baked goods from a non-certified (home kitchen) at farmers' markets, but the county sanitarian requires a (free) license to sell. That means that the baker agrees to follow their guidelines, but there are no inspections.
This is pretty much how Indiana does it now. I have to label my food stating it is made in a non-inspected kitchen.


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For example, if some one is listed as selling 'eggs' no one else can come and sell eggs! How silly is that??
Does that go for produce too? Only one person can sell beans, or cabbage, or potatoes, etc.? There are a few others selling a few baked goods at ours, but competition doesn't hurt anything. We have probably 15-20 vendors selling only produce. They all seem to do ok because they come back every week.
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I guess that I am one of the odd ones. Even though many baked goods look wonderful I don't usually buy them...I look at the vendors and acess how they look..clean, groomed..etc. I assume that the vendors have a license of some kind from the state for their kitchen and clean health issues and all. Actually know of a women who has a license for baking in a church kitchen. She is a wonderful person and baker but her kitchen is really not very clean and rodent problems she complains about often..But, yet again I would think many kitchens are cleaner than fast food places around town though.
We buy from one gal at our FM. This gal is so busy that there is often a line at her booth every week.

One thing that I've noticed about her: Her appearance is spotless. Her clothes look to be pressed, her apron is clean as a whistle, and the hat or visor she dons always looks new. Her hair is almost always pulled into a pony tail, even though when I've seen her outside of the market, it is never pulled back.

This gal also invested in professional portable display cases, and those are always absolutely gleaming, as is her tables and display set up.

I love the fact that she uses disposable gloves, and changes into new ones as needed, and without hesitation.

And finally, she sells out of the tailgate, with her tables and awning over her set up in front. Her SUV is always clean, both inside and out.
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I have been selling baked goods, jams, and a little bit of produce (what's extra in my garden) for four seasons now. Our market is pretty small; maybe 12 vendors in peak season. Our town is pretty small too, and unfortunately it doesn't appear to be very able to support the market. Last year all the vendors noticed a drop in customer turnout. The regulars mostly still came from year to year, but less people 'just stopping by to see what you have'. A few vendors decided not to sell there this year. A few new ones took their place, but this season has even lower attendance than the last.

Honestly, I'm not sure I will attend as a vendor next year.

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Old 09/01/13, 07:57 PM
 
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I love my farmer's market. I sell baked goods, jams, jellies, and such. My kitchen is inspected even though it is no longer a requirement in Tennessee (they changed the law after I spent almost a year working with the state to meet the requirements they had in place at the time) I do very well with my breads and other baked goods. I always laugh when I see my customers that all consider themselves "health-nuts" because my brownies, cupcakes, and cinnamon rolls sell quicker then the herbal artisan breads and wheat bread. I love to bake so it is fun for me to bake...

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We sell Hay and excess produce at the local FM in Winnsboro, TX. We have about 30 vendors. Attendance is still a little on the light side but last weekend I sold 19 small square bales and the wife sold most of our excess butternut squash and fresh basil.
Texas has a "Cottage law" That allows small operates to sell most baked goods with minimum over site.
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Old 09/03/13, 11:21 PM
 
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Indiana has a Home-Based Vendor law similar to your Cottage law, Andrew. They are quite strict on their regs, but some leave me wondering.... We can sell some types food that have been safely prepared in our uninspected kitchens as long as we inform our customers of the fact that the kitchen has not been inspected. (If we do have our kitchens inspected for production of food to sell, we cannot use the kitchen to prepare food for our family?!?)

We are allowed to sell at farmers markets and/or roadside stands. We are not allowed to sell at festivals?!?

My sister and I make handcrafted vanilla extract to sell. I recently added pancake mixes to sell with another friend that sells flavored syrups. I will add homemade breads for the Wednesday evening market, but will probably not sell baked goods at the Sat morning market, as I really don't want to stay up all night Friday night to bake.

I also make and sell market totes out of feedsacks.

Was recently asked to join the board for our county farmers market. I am looking forward to seeing if there is any way to bring about some changes in some of those amusing laws.

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