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Going to the farmers market in town tomorrow. This will be my first time to see one. I am really going to scope it out to see how it is. Find out if it will be worth the effort to set up my own booth. If it is like everything else in Lima it will be a joke. I hope not. I may even take my digital camera.

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I hope it's everything you're wishing for and then some! My mom has been selling at her small town farmer's market for years. She arrives at 6 a.m. and is usually sold out in under two hours. She goes twice a week - Tuesdays and Saturdays.
 

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Let us know how it goes !!! I am a musician, and play at the farmers markets........I just love the people !!!! Keep in mind, if they just got the market going it may LOOK small, but WILL grow in time !!!!
 

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There are several reasons people might want to vend at a farmers
market. One, of course, is to make money. That may or may not
be the case at a small market.
One market that I vend at is in its fifth year, and has only 6 regular
vendors, although sometimes (like this week) only 4 showed up due
to either other personal commitments or the weather.
This is the first year I've gone full-time to it, and am fairly pleased
when/if I make $100, which isn't always the case.
A second market is in its first year, and the average take for the day
is much less.
However, another reason to go to a market is to get people to
know you and your products. I also have a small farm stand which
I tell people about. Unfortunately, the stand is doing less well
this year, and I'm not sure if it is weather-related (not so many
summer people coming up due to rain and/or predictions of rain)
or if it is because the stand people are now going to the farmers
market for my products.
A third reason to be a member of a market is a "community" thing,
where you get to know the community, and hope it will support, to
some extent, the concept of buying local to support local people.
This can be the end unto itself, as well as promoting local, fresh,
healthier food than you might get at a grocery store, where the
food may have come 3000 miles, have been grown by people whose
growing methods you can't check out, or have been produced in
another country with less pesticide laws than here.
If you see your market as a place for any one of these, or other reasons
to join, you can help the overall market by adding your own niche,
and thereby help to improve the market, your community, and your
fellow farmers.
Good luck.
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Good commentary Ann!

I work for a Community Development Corporation (private, nonprofit) which has helped a market and refugee marketing begin here in different places in Maine. Markets are always expanded by variety, if everybody brings squash its boring and "nothing much" but sometimes, farmers with diversity and seasonal variations bring surprises! Nice surprises, I might add! I went to a market a couple of weeks ago with a bunch of produce. We only brought back $20 but---here's what I figure we got.

1. We saw many folks we know, had some excellent conversation and let them all know about our efforts here at the farm.

2. Saw some city folks and their attitudes. Were glad we didn't live there.

3. Found people who were excited to know we were growing dill locally.
4. Talked about pasture poultry and egg production with folks. Many were elders who remembered cutting off heads for Sunday dinners and hoped we'd have some "all done" for them to eat soon.

5. Used an outhouse for the first time this summer.

6. Enjoyed a day outdoors---from loading the truck, to selling, to unloading---And not very hard work, either!

7. (I'll stop here 'cause its a lucky number) Was able to donate our table rent to the local Grange, a real farming organization that's fallen on really hard times!

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We had planned on going to our local market Saturday but it rained. I am wondering how to price our vegetables. We don't have a scale. Also no card tables. What should we bring? It is a open air market and anything is allowed but we don't know how much of everything. Should we pick lots of produce? What happens if we have to bring some home and can't use it all right away? Is advertising in the newspaper a good idea for selling? This is our first year at the market garden idea and it is so much work. Not many customers. We live on a side road about 16 miles from town. Might join the CofC next year to get exposure. We need advice on displaying produce also. We bought some baskets at a second hand store. Do others use these too? What about bringing potted plants or cut flowers? Obviously we need lots of help.
 
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