We had a great first farmers’ market despite getting an inch of snow the night before and selling produce and eggs under hail and very cold weather. We ended up taking red & yellow onions, spring mixed rabe, golden frill mustard greens, green wave mustard greens, loose arugula, red kale bunches, loose red & green kale, salad mix, cabbages, leeks, eggs and lavender & white sage plants. We sold all our produce, which was quite a surprise! We also exceeded our sales expectations. We even sold some of our potted plants, which was hard to believe on such a snowy day.
We are selling our eggs at $6/dozen and that was the only thing that kept us from selling all of our eggs. We definitely had to explain to people why our eggs were so expensive (organic corn prices are through the roof and as a result our organic feed prices are very high and as well, producing organic eggs on a small-scale is expensive both in labor, time and supplies), so once we engaged in a dialogue with customers, people understood and decided to try the eggs. I’m excited to go back next week and hear how people enjoyed the eggs.
All in all for our very first farmers’ market, we were very encouraged by the response. Most people were really excited that a new farm was at the market. And we were placed in a great spot between Blue Fox Farm and Whistling Duck Farm, so I hope the market manager keeps us there for the season. We are excited to go back next week.
By the way, the picture was taken by Sharry Teague. She visited our booth and bought some produce and took our picture, which she then posted on her blog. Check it out at www.embodiedaging.com.