Selling baked goods at a flea market.

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by r.h. in okla., Jan 15, 2008.

  1. How much would you give for a dozen homemade bread rolls or a baked apple pie?

    Been thinking of setting up at the flea market sales this coming summer. At one location there is this lady who brings fried apple and cherry pies and she will be sold out in matter of a couple of hours. She only brings about 20 of each. Everyone looks forward to it.

    We have been thinking of doing something similar. We are planning on selling junk that we need to get rid of, extra veggies out of the garden, and thought maybe we might as well throw in a pie or two and maybe see if anyone would be interested in fresh baked bread rolls.

    Anything for another buck or two. Does anyone else here sell fresh baked goods at a flea market?
  2. gunsmithgirl

    gunsmithgirl Missin Sweet Home Alabama

    Sep 28, 2003
    There is a lady who sells cookies(by the dozen),pies,breads & rolls at our local farmers market. She sells out in 1-2 hours and she always starts with a big table full!

  3. Sand Flat Bob

    Sand Flat Bob north central Texas

    Feb 1, 2007
    No, but we could. In Texas, and many other states, it is illegal to sell food products unless you have them prepared in a State inspected Commercial kitchen. I know that the Mennonites in this area do sell at various places, farmers market, etc. And they are inspected by the same inspector that inspects our commercial kitchen. Have to meet all the state and federal regs. like having all the ingredients on the label, etc. We sell herbal vinegars and oils plus some other products. You can not cook for sale items in your house. You have to have a completely separate kitchen.

    Check the laws before your government descends on you.

  4. WisJim

    WisJim Well-Known Member Supporter

    Jan 13, 2004
    Some places have community commercial kitchens that you can rent by the hour so that your food items have been produced in a legal kitchen. I know a couple of people who remodeled a room or added a room to make a legal kitchen, but it was a bit expensive, and it can't be used for other purposes.
  5. Farmer Dave

    Farmer Dave Well-Known Member Supporter

    Dec 31, 2002
    Unfortunetly that's true. It's the Gov. way of "protecting" us dumb, ignorant citizen's while the Gov. fills their greedy pockets with kick backs from the big corporations. That fried pie or those garden fresh veggies you sell at the farmers market might take away from Walmarts bottom line.
  6. hintonlady

    hintonlady Well-Known Member

    Apr 21, 2007
    That would just be tragic !

  7. mdharris68

    mdharris68 Well-Known Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    NE Kansas
    For some reason, our farmers market allows goods made at home. It is some kind of a loophole in the law that says it's okay to sell but only at the market. (we're in KS) We used to sell brick-oven bread and veggies, and now it's goat milk soaps and lotions, which gives us an opportunity to advertise our raw milk by word of mouth only. One of these days we will have a trailer mounted brick oven and bake at the market. The only problem with it is the amount of work involved. You just about have to figure zero for labor to make it look profitable. We always did good at the flea markets selling bread and rolls and stuff. It really depends on the mood of the crowd.
  8. Sparticle

    Sparticle Well-Known Member Supporter

    Nov 1, 2004
    when i checked into it for this county, they said I had to have a separate kitchen and have a permit!!! I said "you mean to tell me all the people that sell at the farmers markets have separate kitchens?!" He said "No, that's why you see them run when I pull up." Guess that was supposed to be funny.
  9. As far as veggies go, I can get a summer permit from the county health department to sell home grown veggies. But I do know that I need a commercial kitchen for the baked goods. Just trying to sneak this one in. The lady I talked about has been doing the fried apple pies for years, I don't know how she has kept from being caught.
  10. Wendy

    Wendy Well-Known Member

    May 9, 2002
    SE Indiana
    What he said. In Indiana it has to be made in a licensed, inspected kitchen & you have to take classes & get certified to do it. My isster did the classes which weren't a real big deal, but she doesn't have a kitchen yet.
  11. FarmboyBill

    FarmboyBill Well-Known Member Supporter

    Aug 19, 2005
    And there was a few people who sold bread, and I got the impression that, as long as nobody selling complained, then nobody cared. But if anybody complained that she was gov inspected, the Market mistress, was obliged to inform them that they needed proof of certification, and without that they couldnt sell anymore at that sale
  12. blufford

    blufford Well-Known Member Supporter

    Nov 23, 2004
    Well R.H. in Okla I can't answer your question about how much to charge but I would pay between 10 and maybe 15 dollars for a nice large fresh apple pie. A dozen fresh rolls maybe 5 to 7 or 8 a doz. Many years ago I bought a cream filled chocolate topped eclair at a sale for several dollars. When I finished and went back for anoher they were sold out. So don't forget to sell a little carry and nibble food and maybe even some cookies with sprinkles for the kids.
  13. tamilee

    tamilee Well-Known Member

    Apr 12, 2005
    HI r.h:
    I think $2-$3 for the rolls, homemade apple pie? About $7.00-$10.00 range.
    HOmemade bread for a loaf try at least $3.00.
    I know people grab up the chocolate chip cookies. Though I can't see how you can sell them by the dozen and make a profit. You could sell them 2 for a dollar. People will pay $0.50 for a single cookie and not bat an eye but try selling the same cookies for $6.00/dozen and people squawk. When they are walking around a flea market a $0.50 chocolate chip cookie in a bit of plastic wrap tied with a bit of colored ribbon will be a welcomed snack. Also, if you are doing the food table, a small baggy of trail mix would be welcomed. Try selling that for a $1.00 for a small bag. I'd put a cup or cup and a half in each bag , measuring each..
    when I made it ( i didn't vend it) I used:
    Cheerios (use store brand)
    M & M s (use store brand )

    Cupcakes also go like well, pardon the pun, hotcakes. Again use the plastic wrap and a bit of colored ribbon.
    Cakes do really well. People can;t resist cake. They are also more likely to buy cak by the slice. You can sell a slice in a small paper plate covered with cling wrap for about $1.00 but you'll have to put in a small fork.
    Brownies are also an ABSOLUTE favorite.
    People also LOVE candy covered pretzels. A little baggie for $1.00.

  14. mjw15618

    mjw15618 Well-Known Member

    Jan 17, 2007
    Southwestern Pennsylvania
    I sell baked goods and eggs at a local farmer's market (SW PA). I have to have a food safety training certificate, a license from the department of agriculture and a home inspection (also from the ag department). PA allows retail sales from home kitchens as long as you meet those requirements. My market is also very strict about whom they allow to vend and what those vendors sell. Everything must be home-grown/raised/produced - if I showed up with muffins from a mix I'd be kicked out! Each and every cookie, muffin scone, etc must be labelled with it's ingredients and my contact information. We had some problems last season with people selling BBQ sauce and mustard that was being distributed by a local was their recipes but they weren't making it themselves and that's a big no-no. There was also another vendor selling baked goods against the rules...she worked as a pastry chef at some country club and was selling the week's over-runs at the market. Also a big no-no! She was selling whole pies for $5 and still turning a profit because it wasn't costing her anything to make them. Needless to say, these people won't be asked back this year.

    As far as prices go, my breads go from $3.50 to $4.25 a loaf, muffins and scones are $1.75 each, cookies are anywhere from $1.50 to $2.00 each (monster-size) and biscotti is $8/dozen. I also do specialty cake and decorated sugar cookie orders outside of the market. Prices vary, but cakes usually start at $50 and cookies start at $2 each. I might add that I "specialize" in organic/natural baked goods so that's why my prices are so high. I pretty much sell out every week at the market and continue to do a pretty fair business throughout the rest of the year with phone and email orders. Things slow down a bit after Christmas but by Easter it picks up again. So for now, I'm enjoying the break. I work full-time and do the baking on the side so things do get pretty crazy during the market season!
  15. walnutgrove

    walnutgrove Well-Known Member

    Oct 30, 2005
    Smithville, TX
    I think $5-6 for the rolls, and $12-13 for the pie, if it ends up you are allowed to sell them. Any less than that wouldnt be worth it in my opinion. I also think selling 'by the slice' is a great idea. It would give people a chance to sample your product before they commit to spending more $$.
    Things that sell good in TX at stands are - breakfast tacos, roasted nuts, kettle corn, any dessert they can eat and walk with, roasted corn, cotton candy, sausage on a stick, and hot wings (huge turkey legs r out). All but the cotton candy u can grow/raise/make on your farm.
    Look at your crowd at the flea market too. Here most of the shoppers are Hispanic so if it were me I would diversify my products. For example with my roasted corn, instead of just butter and salt i would put out a shaker of chili powder (most wont eat it without it).
    Happy selling :)
  16. Ken Scharabok

    Ken Scharabok In Remembrance

    May 11, 2002
    If selling anything which could possibly lead to food poisioning (even if carelessness on the part of the buyer), consider product liability insurance.

    At such markets I've mused about selling day-old bread and such. I'm told it can be bought incredibly cheap from the bakery plant. Local guy was selling bread 3/$1 (including ryes) and apparently making quite a markup on it. Something like having a panel truck. You load up the day before, then sell out of the back of the truck the next morning. I suspect you could find a source for any leftovers, such as someone feeding it to their livestock.
  17. Snakeoil

    Snakeoil Well-Known Member

    Mar 12, 2005
    In the summer months we have several "farmers markets" where fresh baked goods are sold. I buy pies for $9.00, banana, apple, etc., and I wouldn't pay any more.
  18. hengal

    hengal Well-Known Member

    Mar 7, 2005
    North Central Indiana
    I have a vendor at our farmers' market who sells her wonderful pies for $8 each. Sells out each Saturday. A dozen yeast rolls have gone for between $4 and $5 dollars.
    The mini loaves of bread go easily for $2 - $3 dollars (and sell out each week)
    I'm sure in some areas (more affluent) you could get more, but then again - I'm not sure people want to go to a flea market and pay a bunch for anything. You know, the "flea market I want a deal" mindset. :)
  19. GoddessKristie

    GoddessKristie Well-Known Member

    Jun 18, 2007
    I'm also in IN. I like the law because my dad knows someone who saw a woman making noodles in a filthy kitchen that was COVERED with horse flies. She was making them to sell. ICK! I know some really stupid people ruin it for the good people, but I'm happy to be protected anyway.

    Oh yeah, non-profit business are not held to the same standard, so the boy scouts for instance could make things in your kitchen-or a bake sale at school would be the same thing.

    My mom lives in Franklin county and she goes down to Madison to use the commercial kitchen down there. They have a jam, jelly and relish business. Salt Creek Valley Farm. Your sister should look into it! I also know that the Purdue extension is holding classes (now that I think of it these may be the same thing you're talking about) about starting a kitchen.
  20. Ken Scharabok

    Ken Scharabok In Remembrance

    May 11, 2002
    I suspect there is a strong difference in perception between a 'flea market' and a 'farmers' market'.