plowboy
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Re: sweet corn sales

The plan is to pick in the early morning and get up there and set up by 10 a.m to catch people on their way home from the ball fields,walking trails and winery that's all right there plus the steady stream of commuters heading home from work. I think fresh is the key. It should be a good location. Just wanna be sure I don't run out for the people coming home from work. It would be super easy and convenient to whip in there on your way home and grab some fresh produce for your dinner that night.

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Re: sweet corn sales

I don't know about folks there, but I hardly keep any cash on me these days. If you get the iphone app that allows you to take credit and debit cards on your phone, you can greatly enhance your sales. People will buy more when they are not limited to the cash in their wallet.
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Re: sweet corn sales

imafan26 wrote:I don't know about folks there, but I hardly keep any cash on me these days. If you get the iphone app that allows you to take credit and debit cards on your phone, you can greatly enhance your sales. People will buy more when they are not limited to the cash in their wallet.
Cant really help but I am sure stateside you will have Izzettle,which with a smart phone and an inexpesive terminal allows you and street food traders to take cards.
We use these for our small food business and the bank type charges beat the big banks.

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Re: sweet corn sales

Hmm. Didn't think of that. That's some very helpful info. Now if I could figure out how much sweet corn to expect to sale daily for planed planting and picking reasons I would feel better. I just have no idea. Lol

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Re: sweet corn sales

I used to have a little to do with market management. Most successful vendors, the ones back year after year, seem to subscribe to the adage: "pile it high, kiss it goodbye!"

I'll talk about one guy who I haven't seen in years who tried direct marketing of produce for a couple of years and, I'm sure by his own admission, failed. He might have other ideas on the reason but he would tell me something like, "if I can't make $400 on a Saturday, I shouldn't show up!"

Now, I would look at him and nod my head but all the while thinking, "what are you talking about?! You haven't brought more than $150 of product!"

You are doing the right thing trying to reason it out during the right season. Putting a pencil to the paper and doing some number work is the way to go. You cannot account for everything but don't think that you have to make X and then not have sufficient product to make it happen.

Doing a Google search for sweetcorn yield from site:edu will give you the Cooperative Extension's ideas on that crop or many others. Stagger your sowing to have some supply consistency. Satisfied customers are important and they aren't satisfied if they show up an hour after you get there and 15 minutes after you sell out. It may do your ego good to know that there is a demand but satisfied customers are loyal customers and they will be happy to see you show up, season after season. Consistent sales are what you are looking for.

Otherwise, talk to a produce company. Have them tell you what they will pay you, for how much, when, and how they decide for themselves on standards. Shoot, just turn it all over to them and a farm manager. Move to a nice home with an ocean view and forget about the logistics and hard work of it all. ... Sound like I have some biases? Heck, I've known "farmers" who can't even tell you what crop is growing on their land.

There is not likely to be any crop insurance for you, in any way, shape or form. Well, now that I think about it ... the payday loan guys might have something. Stay free of them.

Steve
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