Black Futsu Red Kuri Long Island Cheese Pumpkin Rouge vif d'etampes Pumpkin White Cushaw Green Striped Cushaw Pennsylvania Dutch Crookneck Squash Thelma Sanders Sweet Potato Squash Egg Gourds Cypriot Bottle Gourd
and Hooligan (a striped variety of Jack Be Little) pumpkins
And of course herbs in season. I have well established stands of lemon balm, tarragon, oregano, sage. Also put in some dill, Italian Flat Leaf Parsley, Cilantro.
What am I missing??
I see lots of greens on Ohiorganic and Alan's lists.... Guess that would be something to consider?? I have Swiss Chard seed..
I know Flowerpower is thinking of selling at roadside as well. She's in the same sort of area as I am. Lots of tourists pass by the door...What are you planning on putting out FP?
For the farm stand i go light on heirlooms. mainly because my cliantel is different. at he FM's we have a lot of highly educated foodies who like advenures in food. At the store the cusomers are less educated and want more pedestrian fare-1/2 runners, peaches, mater's peppers,
Tomatoes that sell best are big red ones. Sweet corn is a must have for drawing in people. beets sell really well at our farm store as do peppers-green, red, yellow, orange.
Post by bluelacedredhead on May 7, 2007 22:25:18 GMT -5
"Everybody" around here sells sweet corn. And pumpkins are just round howden or connecticut field types. Nothing different. I've sold Rouge vif d'etampes to someone every year since 1998 or 1999. But that's only cuz she knows I have them and she comes to the house to ask for one. I figure it wouldn't hurt to put some down at the highway and see what kind of response I get?
I too live in a place where everyone sells sweet corn and did not want to deal with it anmd sell someghing differen and my sales tanked. Went and found sweet corn and went heavy on beets, red maters and other "normal" produce and sales got a lot better. people don't want wierd and it takes a lot of education to get them to try new foods. They want what they see in Wal-Mart.
The farmers markets i do are very upscale and full of highly educated people so it is far easier to sell wierd items to them. I also have been selling at these markets for years so have the reputation of having offbeat items and people look for them. At the store he people are not as educated and do not want heirlooms generally.
That said, good saleswomanship can convince a lot of people to buy green zebra maters and once they taste them they will be back for them