In the past i have grown and sold at local farmers markets. The last 3 years I have not. I have done a lot of observation, gone to a lot of markets and have gotten to know a lot of growers in my area. I live in Hickory, NC population of 35,000 and unemployment of 10 %.
In this area every one with a shovel and no job is growing and trying to sell. Most growers who made their living doing so now have part time jobs. We have a huge local flea mar ket at the fairgrounds on Thursday mornings. U can buy a lot of good local food at good prices. The local people from Laos are everywhere and doing well.
So the pie is divided up more than ever before. So I kept looking who is doing well. It is the good consistent bakers. And if no one else is there the flower grower. Any market with two cut flower growers and prices fall in half.
What else surprised me was the certified organ growers had lines of customers! They built there business in the beginning as a CSA.
Lastly, years ago, 1970 i think, I read that there is always a market for "Fancy" strawberries. Well at one small market I found a lady with Just that. Every one was getting 3.50 to 4.00 dollars a quart. She got twice that and sold out quick. I could not believe it as I stood there talking to her and she kept taking money. They were big red berries with lots of air space in the berry box due to their size. She only sold pints and no quantity discount. And yes they were organic. I looked very close at some baskets and counted 8 or 9 berries in each basket. Most baskets had 9 big berries. And I thought to myself she is getting like 40 cents a berry.
Ok I now what i am doing now, Strawberry trials! And when i see all the eggs at the market I am thinking strawberries in egg cartons. Cheaper by the dozen? ok starting to ramble.