Here is another thing I am working out for next season

little_minnie(zone 4a)October 1, 2012

I am using the fall to review the year and get ideas for a better 2013- of course, right? I just do the one Thursday market then had 3 Friday shares, 5 Sunday/Monday and 5 Tuesday. I work on Mondays and Wednesdays and I am busy Tuesday night and Saturday morning.

So I have been working out if I want to add another market and where and what day. The Monday market in St Cloud is not accepting new vendors unless someone quits. (I might drop a day of work or change back to Sunday so that left Monday a possibility) friday is an option in a few towns but it is so close to Thursday. Wednesday market I happen to know is very slow. Most markets south of me toward the metro are Thursday night and Saturday morning, plus they intimidate me.

So that is what I am brewing on. Previously I had just figured on adding more CSAs especially since they take less hours, but now I feel there might be another market with a good fit for me somewhere. I am keeping it open. I wish you could get a market agent like actors do LOL! They could help find a market for you.

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I tried to do back to back markets, one of Friday evening then Saturday morning. found out that it was just too much. If I had a good market on Friday, I didn't have enough for the Saturday's customers. I never got to unload/reload due to time.

If it was me, I'd try to add a few more CSA members.

    Bookmark   October 4, 2012 at 7:49AM
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jrslick (North Central Kansas, Zone 5B)

I do two markets a week, one on Wednesday the other on Saturday. I have my online market that does a delivery on Tuesday night (in my hometown) and a Wednesday delivery at the Wednesday market.

I tried to do a Wednesday and Thursday markets and I ran into the same problem Marla had. If Wednesday was good, I wouldn't have enough for Thursday. So I quit the Thursday market and focused on trying to sell more at my Wednesday market. I lucked out the year I stopped the Thursday Market, 3 or 4 of the big vendors at the Wednesday market had a bad hailstorm. They didn't have any crops to sell for weeks. I started to gain customers and didn't look back. Now I don't have to worry about saving things back and hoping for a good Thursday market. Not to mention, It is more relaxing to only do two markets a week.


    Bookmark   October 4, 2012 at 10:28AM
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We were doing 3 markets per week, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. It was really hard to figure which weekday would be the better day. Found out that it was usually the day that I didn't bring as much. Now that market is on Saturday only, and the Thursday is in a different location. 3 days per week didn't allow the plants to recoop enough for the next market day. Allowing 3-4 days between markets are the best for the plants.


    Bookmark   October 4, 2012 at 12:02PM
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