Which market to sell at?
We have always sold, last 5 years, at the Wednesday Market in a larger town and our smaller hometown market on Saturdays. Since late June, I have also been selling at the Saturday market in the larger town in addition to my wife selling in our hometown market.
We divide up what we have harvested and available, usually 50%- 50%, sometime 60%-40% and we go our separate ways. Our total sales have usually remained fairly even, but I usually always sell $100 plus more a week than she does. I have to drive the additional 40 miles to get to the market.
As we come into late August, September and October my hometown market usually starts seeing our customer numbers drop. Last week, it was a slow market day and her sales were down and my market was slow, but I still sold twice as much as she did. I am also the market president for our hometown market.
My question and thoughts are this. Would it be bad of me to stop going to my hometown market on the days we can't do two markets on Saturday? There has been and will be some days that she is busy at work or other obligations that she can't go. I know my sales will see less of a slump in the larger market as there are simply more people. Our hometown market has been down this whole year and I don't see it changing this fall.
I am still harvesting tons of produce and we are just getting started with the 2 planting of tomatoes and even picking a few off the 3rd. We have a 4th planting that will be ready in mid September. Our okra is just starting and the sweet potatoes and winter squash will be ready very soon. We will start selling radishes and turnips this week. I also am planting more and more for the winter markets at the larger market. I was thinking if I kept going to the larger market I would also build a bigger customer base for those winter markets.
My conscience is getting the best of me. What does it look like when the market president doesnt even sell at his own market. Right now we have enough vendors at our local market and the customers are being well served, but that won't last and I am afraid that if I don't go, it would die and I don't want that to happen.
Any thoughts? What would you do?