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Post  laufenberga on 6/8/2012, 3:24 pm

Does anybody sell the fruits of their labor in Farmer's Markets or otherwise? If I get a good bumper crop this year(which might be likely) I would like to sell or give away to family some of my crop. I'm wondering if anybody knows a good website to buy containers and such for packaging produce like potato and onion sacks, cherry tomato/blueberry etc crates, etc.



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Post  AvaDGardner on 6/8/2012, 3:40 pm

Hi Adam.

The more you spend on packaging, the more you'll need to charge. And there's probably a fee to be in a farmers market.

The most economical is probably a plastic grocery bag.

Uline has containers for just about everything. Or check on grocery suppliers.

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Post  zebisis on 6/8/2012, 3:48 pm

I have a couple of sites to tell you about, but I can't post any links. Sad

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Post  zebisis on 6/8/2012, 3:52 pm

avisbag.com

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grannysheirloomseeds.com under farmers market packaging.

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Post  rowena___. on 6/8/2012, 4:18 pm

@AvaDGardner wrote:Hi Adam.

The more you spend on packaging, the more you'll need to charge. And there's probably a fee to be in a farmers market.

as well, your local community laws may prohibit you selling directly to the public, or you might need to get a permit and have your growing operation inspected. check first, so you don't end up spending all your income on fines.
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Post  laufenberga on 6/8/2012, 5:12 pm

Thanks for the advice from everybody so far. I guess my ambitions this season might just be to give any bumper crop away to friends and family and get feedback on my different varieties and try to tackle market gardening next year. This is my first year with this big of a garden and we are doing a lot of experimenting on what works well and what doesn't so maybe I'll just try to give away stuff and get feedback. I would still like to get packaging to give it away in, and have my sister design a logo possibly. The cheaper the packaging the better, and hopefully I can find a place that has cheap and not needing to buy in 1000+ quantities.



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Post  kgooding on 6/8/2012, 5:35 pm

I know when I buy from my local farmers market they usually display the veggies in containers but when you buy them dump them loose into a plastic bag. Some of the people don't even display in individual containers, they just weigh them out for you in a plastic bag, and when I say plastic bag I mean cheap shopping plastic bags!
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Post  rowena___. on 6/8/2012, 5:43 pm

adam, the online SFG store is closed right now while they move to the other side of the country, but when it opens, consider ordering the book "cash from square foot gardening". it's available as a PDF download. it will help you organize your gardens and your business so you can be successful from the start.
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Post  walshevak on 6/8/2012, 6:24 pm

My local food bank takes donations of my excess produce. Not all do.

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Post  camprn on 6/8/2012, 7:15 pm

@walshevak wrote:My local food bank takes donations of my excess produce. Not all do.

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Mine does too.

I hope I can hang one of these at the end of my drive, in about a months time. Very Happy

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