Friday, August 16, 2013
Getting Ready for the Market
I got a pretty fair amount of honey bottled up today and actually a pretty good harvest out of the gardens and raised beds to take to market.
The tomatoes are having a really bad year but enough good looking ones are finally ripening up that I have a pretty good selection to offer so I will be making the first attempt at my little heirloom marketing ploy. We will see if it works or not.
My plan is to place all the different varieties out and let customers pick and choose/ mix n match so they can try as many different types of my heirloom master pieces as possible, or whatever takes their fancy.
Eventually I would like to do this with many different types of plants. From peppers to muskmelons etc. Unfortunately my melon production didn't quite produce as I had planned. Timing the musk melons for weekend sales is not as easy as tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers. They pretty much have a small two day window to get them or they seem to over ripen very quickly. I tossed at least half a dozen melons this afternoon.
My water melons were so totally over run by the pumpkins I cannot even find any out there. I have learned some valuable melon growing lessons this year. For now on they are going to have about as much space as they got this year, that wasn't the problem. The problem was keeping the boundaries. I failed worse than US Immigration services this year and the pumpkins totally colonized and choked out the water melons and even got all the way into musk melon territory.
Pumpkins need their boundaries strictly enforced lol.
So anyway everything is labeled up and loaded and ready to go set up at o dark thirty in the morning. So far this Summer has begun to prove my theory correct that farmers markets and local growing is becoming viable once again in this economy. Honestly if I hadn't lost so many hives this last Winter my guess is I would really be able to at least sustain myself.
I guess there is always next year.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!