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We were so excited.  We had a plan in place and we were stoked to get out there and just give it a try.  We thought for sure that we'd be loved and that we'd be welcomed into the group.

And then.... about 5 weeks later, we were in the hole and it wasn't looking good.

Our farmers market, in town, is great!  I've posted a number of times about how you can spend less than $20 and walk away with a lot of great produce!  I've talked to friends in town about how much I love the market and always encourage people to go!  But what was the market missing?  (We thought) FLOWERS!

Location for a farmers market, is key.  If it's on the main street of a town, it helps with the flow of traffic and it draws in people that maybe wouldn't normally stop because they've spotted something from the road that they want.  Unfortunately for us, our market is that it's not located on a main street in town, it's just catty-corner to the main roads and because of this, it misses a lot of potential business. 
So, what happened?

Well, we gave it a try.

And by we, I mean... M did all the work and my very pregnant butt tried to help when I could.  We planted a lot of things together, but I really have to give her most of the credit for making our flower garden happen, because I was just worthless at that point. 

I was a trooper though and showed up to our first appearance at the market ON my due date!  :)  Oh and then I was there again when C was 2 weeks old.  That was a trip.  He was great, except for when he threw up all over himself.  My first response was to grab whatever was closest to clean it up and that happened to be his backup outfit.  Bummer.

How did we get started?

Well, with the help of our trusty greenhouse friend, we planted some seeds, watched them grow, move them and planted them outside, had them watered, and then waited for them to grow.  Then as they grew bigger and the market was starting up, we thought we were golden.

We would meet at 7:15am, cut our flowers, fill our buckets of water and headed out to the market.

Our first day at the market, we did make $8 which felt great because that meant we were only $2 in the hole after paying our market attendance fee.  But that was mainly thanks to some last minute flower options that we cut from M's family's garden.  They weren't even the flowers that we grew... they were just random add ins...

After that first day, M made a few attempts by herself and then I went another time to help.  We'd thought we'd have luck but as people were filing in and making purchases... but unfortunately our flower stand just sat there.  M would have people stop and ask about the flowers and how we got them to grow so quickly and sort of, out of season, but no one was buying.   

We were totally discouraged and started to give up on our idea.

We gave it a couple of weeks and basically let our garden go.  If you look closely at the picture below, you can see that it's full of weeds. Yikes.


But we thought, there's got to be something we can do.

We thought if we had flowers in stock that someone would want, why couldn't we just tell them about them  and if they could use them, we'd want them to come get them!!!

So, we called our neighborhood friend, at Madison House Flowers & Design and told her what we were trying to do...  She came right over and took a look at our inventory.  She didn't have an immediate need, but she said that it was great to have us as an option and would call us if her need would arise and we could meet her needs.  It's better business than we had been having at the farmers market so we are stoked!

We aren't giving up on the farmers market all together though.  We have plans of attending next year, just early in the season with tulips and later in the season when the produce is really pumping!

Wish us luck on our future endeavors...

Comments

Lynette said…
Great blog post! I love hearing the story of this. Thanks for citing me in it. Hope to hear more as things progress next spring.
Wishing you luck! :) Glad you are adjusting to being a working Mommy to! :) Kudo's!

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