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Vegetables! Get your vegeteble starts herrrrrrrrrre!!
Posted: Fri Apr 23, 2010 11:52 pm
All right, all right! get in line, no cutting, back of the line!, Oh! Ouch! you all right ma'am!
So, I'm off to the Farmers Market tomorrow. Just wanted to show off my wares, "seedlings.
Anyone else doing the farmers market
Posted: Fri Apr 23, 2010 11:58 pm
Those seedlings look absolutely terrific! Where do the duck eggs ride? And do the dogs go with you to the market, or do they stay home and keep the eagles from having a field day with the ducks?
Hope you sell out of seedlings tomorrow.
Sunset Zone 17, USDA Zone 9
Posted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 12:12 am
Thank you. My brother and I share a 10 x 20 space. He has his truck full of plants and produce as well. Stirfry greens, salad mix, sun chokes, chicken eggs, etc.
All the perishables ride in the cab, some in a cooler.
I could bring the dogs, but I don't. Pepper would want to play frisbee with every passerby.
Posted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 12:19 am
Okay, the very problem that I have been meditating on.
All I have is pick up trucks, and how does one haul seedlings, I mean uncovered it would be 55 mph winds, won't that shred them?
How do you protect your seedlings? And how do you carry a full load? Do you have racks?
I keep looking at the trays and going.... how does one haul these to sell them?
Posted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 12:28 am
That's a great sight! Good luck at the market.
Posted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 1:08 am
On the brother's truck he has cyborgs, no- no side boards. They are solid plywood sides that go up just pass the top of the cab. Up against the cab are shelving. Two flats deep and about 8" between shelves. We start from the bottom up. Load the self and apply the next self, load .......... Then over the whole thing is a shade cloth cover.
We also have rebar shelves that I welded up. Two designs. One hold (9)1020 trays and the other (12) 1020 trays
Scot29, Thank You
Posted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 1:20 am
Am on my way on the red-eye <stop> See you in the AM <stop> Save me the best and some duck eggs. <end>
Posted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 1:59 am
Are you selling any really unique "can't find anywhere else" seedlings. I wish just one grower in my area would produce a really good selection of heirloom tomato seedlings. Did you empty your greenhouse for tomorrows market or do you have some hold backs for the next market?
Posted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 2:15 am
i sold a few hundred dollars worth of seedlings yesterday at an earth day festival. made a lot of people happy gardeners knowing how there tomatoes were started.
Posted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 2:36 am
applestar, Your to funny, <stop>
Ted, No, your basic veggies.
Tomatillo, Mexican strain
Swiss Chard, Bright Lights
Spaghetti squash W
Zucchini, Black Beauty S
Bush Delicata W
Benning's Green Tint S
Rosa Rugosa gallon
Aronia, Viking gallon
Fig, Desert King gallon
Native, Gooseberry gallon
Ox-Eyed Daisies gallon
I have some hold backs. More tomatoes, egg plant, winter squashes, etc. Plants that don't sell go in the ground and will be sold as produce. In the fall seedlings start over again.
soil, way to go. Organic and knowing the gardener is wonderful stuff.
I sold about $150.00 in plants last Saturday. My brother sold about $150.00 in salad greens and about $300.00 the Saturday before.
Posted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 2:46 am
Looking good, can you stop by here. Yeah like I need any more plants.
Good luck at the market. My friends keep telling to me to sell my stuff but I don't have near as much as you but I do have a bunch of stuff growing. Maybe next year or maybe later this year I could at least try to sell some stuff on Craig's list or something.
Again good luck.
Posted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 2:51 am
Interesting design on hauling them.
When did you start them to get them up to this size this early.
I have lots of trays, but they are far from that size!
Goodluck selling them. And making some good gardening friends.
Posted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 2:56 am
Selling, give it a shot. Craigs list, road side stand, farmers market, CSA, direct to restaurants. Heirloom Tomatoes
Find a niche. My brother's seems to be asian braising greens.
Posted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 3:13 am
I'd have to check my records. About 6 weeks ago. Our last frost date is the 15th April, so I just count back from there. Tomatoes 8 weeks, Peppers 10 weeks, cucumber- squashes 1 or 2 weeks. Lettuce 3-4 weeks.
It also depends on how big you like your transplants.
Posted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 4:32 am
Wow I read that wrong the first time! I thought you purchase all those plants from the market.... thought you had a HUGE garden!
The seedlings look amazing!
The greenhouses here do not open here until May 1st.... so it gives me something to look forward to
Posted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 1:21 pm
WOW...That's awesome!! This is exactly what I would love to do if I had some space. I am currently in an apartment growing in containers. My dream is to have a small piece of land that I can turn into a "farm." I already have a map of how it will be laid out. I guess it's never too early to start planning!!!
Posted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 3:28 pm
Quick reply and I have to go. I have a decent size garden 54ft x 72ft. In this fenced area are (25) 3-4ft wide x 20ft long raised beds. So I raise starts for my garden, brothers and for sale. Small 8ft x 16ft greenhouse can start many plants. No heat, no light, no heating mats. All way to expensive and not needed IMO.
Thanks eveybody! I'll see you after the market
Posted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 3:51 pm
Thanks for sharing! An inspiration for all, either to buy good starts or sell some starts/herbs/veggies.
Posted: Sun Apr 25, 2010 12:25 am
Well this market was about the same as last week. I sold (62) 4" pots and a few 1 gallon plants. It rained in the morning and was overcast all day. Pretty meager crowd. A lot of the customers looked at tomatoes and squash plants and said maybe next week, their garden area is not ready.
This is our little setup today. Plants on the rebar racks behind and some produce on the table.
Posted: Sun Apr 25, 2010 2:07 am
Nicely set up. Looks very inviting to folks.
I have noticed that my February plants are about the right size to sell. I had more room in the house back then. But the March ones are too small. Is there a secret to keeping them growing? Could it be heat? Because I have had to move them to an unheated mobile, it has a small heater, and can hold the temp above 50 at night, but not really warm. It is warmer than the ones that are outside, and those are quickly catching the ones outside.
They are well-fed, and watered, light is fine, so it must be the heat issue!
What takes most folks 6 weeks to get to, takes me 3 months, it must be the heat?
Posted: Sun Apr 25, 2010 3:00 am
Oooo...very nice! Almost as good as getting high quality co-op seeds & starting the plants yourself. Seriously though, nice lookin' seedlings! =)
Posted: Sun Apr 25, 2010 3:14 am
I would definately stop in your space and buy something. It looks very inviting.
I guess to sell at a farmers market, the stars must be aligned perfectly and the weather must be great. We didn't have any farmers markets in our area today so I went to Home Depot instead. I was looking for some Neem oil. I didn't know they were having a plant sale. The parking lot was almost full and they were selling vegetable plants, flowers, and related materials as fast as they could make the cash registers say cha-ching. They didn't have any Neem oil, so I went to a local family owned nursery. I had a hard time finding a parking place they were so busy. Again, people were filling the trunks of their cars with all sorts of plants. Again, no Neem oil.
Your busy time will probably hit in two or three weeks. Good luck!
Posted: Sun Apr 25, 2010 4:33 am
That's a good question
Are we talking all plants. Cole crops, lettuce should have no problem with low temps. Peppers, Tomatoes, tomatillos, cucumbers, winter squash, may slow do at lower temps.
My greenhouse is unheated. It rises to over a 100f on sunny days and down to the 40's at night. The greenhouse has raised boxes filled with 50\50 compost and sand. I'm thinking it acts like a heat sink and moderates the heat at night. Heat maybe your problem as long as all the other aspects are covered. Not sure
Oooo...very nice! Almost as good as getting high quality co-op seeds & starting the plants yourself
Sh-hhh Not So Load!!
Is gardner your last name
or did you mean gardener
Thank You, In a couple more weeks the weather will settle a bit and the people will come out of hiding. Talked with some folks today that left the local Ale House restuarant, to start their own restuarant. Their menu will be all local grown foods.
Trying to get my foot in the door. Duck eggs and organic vegetables.
Posted: Sun Apr 25, 2010 3:43 pm
Where do you get all your 4" pots? I'm lokking for somewhere to maybe get them in bulk cheap. After discovering NO ONE around here (including the nruseries!) sells heirloom starts of any kind except bandywines I think I'm going to sell some next year.
I seem to be pretty good with seedlings, mine are all huge and look awesome, though I should give most of the credit to the worms
Posted: Sun Apr 25, 2010 4:00 pm
Our local landscape supple yard has a recycle nursery pot area. I just go in and grab several hundred and some 1020 flats and be on my way.
I do, on occasion, buy soil, compost, gravel from her.
Posted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 8:20 pm
I will take one of each!!! Those look great! And what a neat idea! I wish our local farmers market had someone like you out there!
Keep it going! Because there are people like me who just seem to not be able to plant from seed!
Posted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 9:04 pm
Beautiful seedlings and a beautiful set up.
And I love farmers markets. I go every week to the one in my area(the same one, where the old guy killed many people by not being able to see a break pedal through the open air bag). But the market is the best in the area. My son loves sunflower sprouts(greens), and I can't raise them at home, because he eats them up before they get ready and with a dirt still attached...
Posted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 11:39 pm
Here is a link to the CNN story about the Car plowing through the Market.
My parents are in their early 80's. It's that tough time when you have to take the keys away.
How old is your son
He eats the sunflower plants
Another Saturday at the Market May 1st
Posted: Sat May 01, 2010 3:28 pm
So it's looking like another wet Saturday. Bring a new green table umbrella.
New starts this week,
Honey Boat, delicata squash
and more of the same posted earlier.
It would be nice if only rained at night, but who can control Mother Nature.
Helpful Gardener could use a couple more topics.
Types, Techniques, etc.....
2. Market Gardening
Growing for, Setups, Niche, CSA, Rules and Regs. etc.........
Posted: Sat May 01, 2010 10:58 pm
Much better weather today. The new umbrella work out just fine.
I sold (77) 4" starts today. 15 more then last Saturday. Here are a few pictures.
My brother talking native plants. Here I believe he is selling Red Flowering Currants to a gentlemen.
And here he is selling Jerusalem artichokes
Tell him to get his hands out of his pockets
Posted: Sun May 02, 2010 12:07 am
Eric, again; very nice! I love the way you set your area up. I do have a question though. What do you do with Jerusalem Artichokes? If I remember correctly, they are the roots of a bushy herbaceous plant. Similar in appearance to fresh ginger. How is it prepared to eat?
Posted: Sun May 02, 2010 12:41 am
Ted, Thank you.
Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus) is a species of Sunflower.
We prepare the tubers many ways, Roast like a potato. Grate it raw over mixed salad. Slice and dip raw into ranch dressing. Soups. When roasted, creamier texture (not dry) then a potato with a slight sunflower taste.
Posted: Sat Jun 05, 2010 4:14 am
Another day at the Farmers Market tomorrow. Last Saturday it rained and sales were down. It also may have had something to do with Memorial Day weekend. Tomorrow looks more promising, the forcast calls for sunshine and a balmy 68 degrees
Lots of warm season plants.
6 varieties of Tomatoes
2 varieties of Peppers
2 varieties of Eggplant
Swiss Chard, bright lights
6 varieties of winter Squash
3 Varieties of sumer Squash
2 varieties of Cucumber
18 one gallon berry bushes
Anyone else doing their local Farmers Market
Posted: Sat Jun 05, 2010 5:00 am
yummmm! Best wishes for $uccess tomorrow!
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