Wholesale : tips for predicting yield
As I continue my market gardening career the one thing that always gets me is predicting how much of a crop I will have available from week to week. My buyers require me to send out a list of available produce about 5 days before I deliver.
I often base my quantities on the week before but there is SO much variation and that can lead to me having trouble fulfilling an order, or being stuck with a huge harvest that I haven't sold much of. (My box customers really benefit from that)
I havent seen much information about yield patterns - how some varieties will come on strong and then ease up for a few weeks before another flush. And it's not something I learned on other farms as they were not getting orders, just selling what they had.
For those of you who sell to stores and restaurants what do you do? Is it just a matter of giving a safe low figure and then having other channels to sell excess harvests?