Monday, June 8, 2009

Farmers Market

I realize I'm a couple of days late with this post and there will be another FM post tomorrow, but Kate asked for pictures of the competition. Travis wouldn't get up to take pictures, so this is what I've got for now.

Tony is a local grower. He's been doing this for a few years now and really brings a lot of produce.

These guys buy from either the Rio Grand Valley or from the San Antonio Markets. They do not grow their own produce, so they are competition, but not when it comes to buying local.

More people who buy their produce from out of town. The tent in the far left of this picture is a local grower and he specializes in tomatoes. He does have gorgeous tomatoes, but on Saturday (which was his first day at market), we sold out at about the same time, so I'm not too concerned about him...yet!

The white tent is a family or group of families that sell canned and baked goods. They have no fresh produce. They have a commercial kitchen somewhere and then drive their pies, breads, cookies, and jams in to town. They are only at Market on Saturdays.

The trailer with the flags on top is Noah and his wife. He's in charge of FM and makes sure everyone is selling within the rules. They are also local growers and they always bring lots of produce. Out of everyone at Market, Noah and Tony are my competitors when it comes to local grown produce.

Here's a couple of pictures of what our table looked like Saturday. I really needed Stephen's stand, but it's still in the process of being painted.

This time, I separated out the three varieties of grape tomatoes to show what was in the mixed baskets. People actually really liked that they were also separated because the single variety baskets sold just as fast as the mixed baskets. I did not come home with a single Golden Sweet Tomato! I also propped them up on a shoe box, so I think that helped!

We had another record-breaking day at FM. We'll be picking our little hearts out again tonight as we get ready for another Market tomorrow!

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