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Week 2 at Farmer’s Market

Tonight, we had a better experience at the farmer’s market! We sold some whole chickens (YAY!), dozens of eggs, and various cuts of pork. We almost quadrupled our profit from last week, and we felt WAY more encouraged about the whole experience!

We changed a few things this week:

My husband built an A-frame stand, and I used 2 coats of chalkboard paint to make our very own chalkboard. When I looked up boards like this, they were $100-$200. The whole project took maybe an hour and the Farmer used scraps of wood from the barn and I used a can of chalkboard paint I’ve had sitting around forever. EASY and CHEAP!

I used chalkboard markers to write down the products we had at the market today, as well as the prices.

I cut a whole bunch of kale and swiss chard from our garden. I used cute string to tie up little bunches of the greens. We put a little sign out that said that anyone who purchased chicken or pork would get a free bunch of greens.

People asked what to do with the greens. I had some of my pork recipes (2 of which use kale, spinach or swiss chard) printed and set out on the table. I was able to hand them a recipe (which also has our farm website and this website mentioned at the bottom), and people really seemed to like that. We even made a couple of extra salesย because ofย those recipes. Nice! ๐Ÿ™‚

Our oldest son wore a chicken hat. People thought it was cute, but I’m not sure this really helped us get any sales! ๐Ÿ™‚

We set the eggs out in a stack, to show that we had eggs.

We set 2 whole, frozen chickens out, to show that we sell chicken. We figured that if they started defrosting, we’d just put them in our fridge at home and use them the next day. Having the chickens out brought more people to our table, got us at least 2 chicken sales, and got more people to take our brochure with our pricing information.

We started taking credit cards. Yup. We’re just using the little Paypal triangle thing, and we were able to put up a sticker that says that we take credit cards. I think this really helped people! A lot of people only bring enough cash for produce at the farmer’s market. Meat generally costs more, and it’s difficult if people don’t have cash.

We used different table cloths, to make our’s stand out from the neighbor’s. (Last week we used red gingham and they had purple gingham).

We had all 4 kids at the market with us. They did SO well! All of them were great. The oldest 2 had money from washing eggs recently & we let them buy some kettle corn and snow cones. I know…terrible parents, ‘huh? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Next week is supposed to bring even better weather, so we will see what that does to our farmers market experience!

8 Comments

    • Brenda

      Eileen, thank you for your kind words! It’s a fun challenge for us, to figure out how to do it “just right” and get people to come to our booth! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tania

    Yay and hooray! Your booth looks great, and bonus points for resourcefulness in making the chalkboard. Sounds like you’re off to a great start, and I’m sure you’ll build a good customer base over time.

  • Anonymous

    YAY! Your booth does sound wonderful! Based on what you said and the photo above, I’d buy from you (If, you know, I lived in your area, not a different state). So glad that it went better for you this week, what a great encouragement! Keep fighting the good fight!

  • Marc

    Hi. We are farmers in Kentucky having spent over 30 years doing large crop production, but now, we are moving toward sustainable farming and our own marketing of our home grown produce. I see that you sold cuts of meat. How do you do that? I was told that selling meat requires a USDA stamp and a ton of regulations about handling, slaughtering, packaging, cutting and keeping meats. I’m truly interested since we are hopeful to raise some pasture beef and pork. Thanks for your wonderful site. Hope to visit alot.

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