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Old May 20, 2018   #571
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Very pretty, Cole. The shadows at the top of the pic also look almost customer shaped.. I personally love reddish marigolds the best but the double ones (any color) have an awesome shape. Bumptious.
@Oakley the combination of Muscari and Sunflowers is really stunning!
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Old May 21, 2018   #572
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We've had a lot of less than good selling weather for my markets this year so far. This is our set-up at Madison this last Sat. Started slow due to cold and fizzy weather but did great after 10 am. We had over 80 varieties of tomatoes and some herbs.

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Old May 21, 2018   #573
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You have the setup of a pro, looks great.
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Old May 28, 2018   #574
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Great displays everyone!

Got to love Spring!!

This year I am not doing a single market. I have had enough of poorly advertised, poorly run, rising fees, and high insurance requirements for venders.

Fortunately I have a very busy roadside stand. My friend and I normally grow opposite things so we have all bases covered. Well his land got sold so he is a farmer without a farm.

It is up to me to grow it all this year. On the plus side, his roadside stand does 5x the business of mine. He averages 1k per day with some weekend or holidays raking in almost 2k. So I won't have a problem selling to him this season.

We also have a wonderful produce auction close by that runs three days a week. I unload overstock and purchase things I'm low on or do not grow from the Amish farmers. We were able to buy drop dead gorgeous hanging baskets this year at the auction for 5.50 ea. Priced at 15$ they sold like hot cakes. The deep purples and black flowers are the most popular this year around these parts. I think we have moved some 500 baskets. Red and Martha Washington geranium have been hot as well.

I must say I am very relieved to not have to load up, setup, tear down at markets anymore.

Cheers for a great season everyone! Keep those tables stunning!!
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Old May 28, 2018   #575
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Too true, Ironwood... markets are a lot of work!
Best of luck growing it all this season, I hope you have a great year.
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Old May 28, 2018   #576
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Sounds great, Ironwood! A stable location can help build repeat customers. Have an excellent rest of season!
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Old May 28, 2018   #577
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Great displays everyone!

Got to love Spring!!

This year I am not doing a single market. I have had enough of poorly advertised, poorly run, rising fees, and high insurance requirements for venders.

Fortunately I have a very busy roadside stand. My friend and I normally grow opposite things so we have all bases covered. Well his land got sold so he is a farmer without a farm.

It is up to me to grow it all this year. On the plus side, his roadside stand does 5x the business of mine. He averages 1k per day with some weekend or holidays raking in almost 2k. So I won't have a problem selling to him this season.

We also have a wonderful produce auction close by that runs three days a week. I unload overstock and purchase things I'm low on or do not grow from the Amish farmers. We were able to buy drop dead gorgeous hanging baskets this year at the auction for 5.50 ea. Priced at 15$ they sold like hot cakes. The deep purples and black flowers are the most popular this year around these parts. I think we have moved some 500 baskets. Red and Martha Washington geranium have been hot as well.

I must say I am very relieved to not have to load up, setup, tear down at markets anymore.

Cheers for a great season everyone! Keep those tables stunning!!


I actually feel sorry for the people who grow beautiful baskets and they sell for 5.50 at the auction. we have the same thing here and I wont take anything to the auction anymore. it costs more to transport the product there than the what we make on the sale. good for you.... but they didn't even make money on them. maybe even sold them at a loss depending on the plants in them.
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My wholesaler sells baskets for $5. I have to pick through them, but easy money considering I charge $12 and did nothing but buy them.
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Old June 16, 2018   #579
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Here are the past three weeks of market tables. I sold my first cut flowers this morning.
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Old June 17, 2018   #580
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Gorgeous!!
I really have to try the dwarf sunflowers... it's such a challenge to grow full size ones here because of the wind.
Actually Cole, it's a big treat for me now to see the sun shining on flowers on a market day. Somewhere, anywhere....
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Old June 17, 2018   #581
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Very beautiful, great job C_R.
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Old June 17, 2018   #582
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Did anyone try to sell zucchini plants? They are quick to grow and look pretty as well.
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Old June 17, 2018   #583
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Gorgeous flowers! How much do you sell them for?
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Old June 17, 2018   #584
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Thanks. I have been selling the potted flowers for $4, and 3 for $10. I had $3 on the cut flowers. I am not sure how much demand there is at my market for cut flowers. It is an experiment, so I am still learning.

I have seen squash plants for sale, and known people who have planted transplants and done well. They don't hold very long on containers, though.

I did well yesterday, considering that the vendor across from me had "free" as the price of his flowers. He gave away several tables of plants. Being able to do ok saleswise in that situation was good.
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I did well yesterday, considering that the vendor across from me had "free" as the price of his flowers. He gave away several tables of plants. Being able to do ok saleswise in that situation was good.


Do you pay to attend this market Cole? if so...that is wrong of that vendor to do that at the market. I don't think too many markets would support a vendor giving away free plants or product at the market where other vendors are trying to sell the same products they have worked hard to make marketable. and those vendors pay to attend.
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