No more farmers market for me.
After jumping thru the hoops that my farmers market required, I just received a letter stating that I don't meet the requirements to continue there after 12 years.
Last year, hubby's health took a turn for the worse and we needed help to supply the quality produce that our customers demanded. We still produce 50%+ of all produce and plants for the season.
This year, the market has decided that everyone needed to produce 70% of everything they sold, based on $$ of produce offered for sale. They also required that we furnished receipts for seeds (which I provided all of this year's seeds).
The bad thing is we have had 2 mini markets over the last 2 weeks and nothing was mentioned. Even today, when I personally went into the manager's office to tell her that I forgot my checkbook and would bring my check to her tomorrow. In the mailbox today, dated last Friday, was the letter stating that I had not met the requirements of the updated contract for this year.
Meanwhile, I have between 3,000 and 5,000 tomato plants, over 1,000 pepper plants and 500-1,000 eggplant plants, along with over $500 worth of seed ready to go into the garden. I have already planted 600' of leaf lettuce, 800' peas, 200' of turnips, 300' summer squash, 75-100# of potatoes and 3-4# of onion sets.
I'm not sure what I'll be doing with all of this produce.
Anybody know of a good ad to be place in a very expensive newspaper, I hoping to get customers to come to the farm and buy from the farm. Mike, it's a shame your paper is too far from me.