Stepping (barely) into the professional market
I drop a paper off at a hardware store and over the last couple of years, the manager and I have developed a decent relationship. He bought some tomato plants from me last year and was going to buy some more this season, but then he asked me about the possibility of supply flats of plants for him to sell. It means a potential loss of at most $200 (the price I am selling them to him vs. what I sell at flea market type events) but that is if I sell none anyplace else. Plus I deliver 100 plants at a time and do not have to sit around waiting for a customer to show up.
But the real reason I wanted to do this is because they have five stores. Next year, they could easily want at least 200 plants per store, maybe more. I can handle this, plus another 500 for me to sell. It would be a nice step toward doing this as a living.