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Old March 18, 2016   #1
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Ok so I recently had surgery and that delayed the transplanting of my tomatoes by a couple to 3 weeks. The market starts here March 26th and although the FFD here is April 10th-15th other growers will be there selling plants. I normally wouldn't do that but the market manager thinks I should come IF my plants are ready since it is one of the biggest day for sales.

Here are my questions: Would you even bother going? If so what would be a good fertilizing regiment to get max size over those 8 days. I don't want them to get to leggy but if I could double the size of my peppers and some of my herbs that would be really good.

Thanks ahead of time for any help.
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Old March 18, 2016   #2
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Keep us updated on how your recuperation is proceeding. Wish I could assist you more in the growing area. Until I retired my background was sales, merchandising and marketing.

Just an idea, but you may want to take some of your best plants at the opening of the farmer's market and explain why you are running slightly behind because of the surgery. Most will understand and sympathize with your plight. I would offer to take orders for delivery of the plants in a week or so. Up to you whether to take a deposit for future delivery. But at the minimum you can get a name, tel. # and email address. One additional caveat, many of these potential customers plant annually. You will have obtained a data base for future years to market your products...Good Luck my friend!
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Old March 18, 2016   #3
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I like twillis' ideas. Get your face out there, sell your personality, you have a good one.
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Old March 18, 2016   #4
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Another option is to sell the larger plants at regular price and sell the smaller ones for a buck or so less. Sometimes smaller plants are better because most people, my self included, get caught up with the rigors of life and forget to plant the little guys. When they eventually get around to it the plants will be perfect size. You may just convince some people who would otherwise be looking not buying to pick up some plants that wont be root bound by the time they get their rears in gear for planting.
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Old March 18, 2016   #5
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was gonna sell my bigger ones for at least 4 bucks maybe 5 depending on competition.
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Old March 18, 2016   #6
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Big Van, just remember people shop with their eyes more than their mind.

The table with lots of green will pull people their way.

Your story might get some sympathy/sales, but they don't know that 100' away as they walk by your table.

Take whatever you got that is green. Put your best up front and wing your side tables with the smaller stuff.

It's early, so desperation has not set in with buyers, but in my experience, people will buy whatever size they can get their hands on when "today is the day I'm buying my plants".

Don't worry about size unless its a 10 day old seedling or something.

I have some 3 week old seedlings in 4" square pots that look awesome.

What size pots are your plants in now and what age are they from sowing?

If you are not happy with size, you still have a healthy green plant to sell, right?

So sell it and sell your selection or varieties that nobody else has. Put up a big arse sign that says "40 Heirlooms to choose from" or "We have Dwarf Tomatoes!"
Or something like that which will pull people in.
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Old March 18, 2016   #7
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Go big and bold

Here was our display at our front table the year we added eggs:

Not saying spend $100 to sell plants, but you get the idea: get creative.

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Tomato Nerds to the max!
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