Pricing - (real) new potatoes
I'm thinking of selling new potatoes at market, might even have a wholesale (?) customer interested (if we can work out the handling/transportation issues - I don't want my produce to get a bad rep b/c they're bruising it).
So, to start off with, how much should I market a quart (app. 1.5 - 2 lbs?) of new potatoes, dug that day and NOT washed to preserve the skins, for? Then, how much of a discount should I give the town Dept of Ag to include them in 30 "sampler" baskets (kind of like a town-run CSA without the risk sharing b/c if I don't produce I don't get paid)?
I tried looking for new potatoes in grocery stores, but of course couldn't find any. Closest was small mature potatoes packaged in 24-oz bags for $2.99 ($1.99/lb). Should I stick with that, or think I can ask more? I don't know if many people know the difference between a small potato and a "new" potato.
Second, should I even sell new potatoes (other than perhaps a few to neighbors, maybe some at market - bring a few quarts to test the waters next month)? Or should I wait and sell mature cured potatoes (at $1/lb) for bigger yield and less damage, even though they're later and would be less per lb (or quart or 1/2 peck)?