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Market Growers: Farmer's Market displays - pint baskets? Photos pls!

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downtownjen
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

July 30, 2011
10:14 AM

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Hi everyone - my name is Jen and I'm in Phoenix AZ. I am a tiny backyard grower and participate with other backyard growers in a communal booth at our downtown market. Our booth usually does really well because people are fascinated by the thought of these hidden gardens right in their own neighborhoods (it's hard to grow anything in Phoenix, let alone fruits and veg). Although most of us are not full timers, we definitely do NOT undersell the larger growers. Usually we are a bit higher because we all pay into the ongoing management of our communal booth as well as market fees.

Anyway, I tend to sell mostly cherry tomatoes, japanese eggplant, asian veg, string beans, persian cukes, etc - stuff I usually sell by the "pint" (the running joke is that I only grow "mini" veg! Hey - I only "farm" about 1/12 acre! Small veg is good!) So far I've been taking small paper bags (like lunch bags) and folding them down to size and displaying the produce that way. The name of my "farm", the type of produce and the price are all marked directly on the bag. The response has been great. So good in fact that other vendors have been copying the idea!

I've been eying many of your posted photos of your displays and have been so impressed (keep 'em coming!). At one point, before I joined DG, I found a pic posted here from a person who specialized in growing peppers. S/he had a beautiful display of pint wooden "tills" (baskets) filled with mixed peppers. I was really inspired by that pic but cannot find it again after searching through 32 pages of this forum.

Can anyone help me out with this?

I am considering buying a small supply of the green plastic baskets and using those to display my produce (found a place that will sell me 100 which would work great). This would save me time folding bags and because they are more open, show off the produce more. The green color also matches the theme of my display (each grower at the table has a certain amt of table space to make the most of - so we each have a banner and some kind of theme).

I am so enjoying everyone's expertise here! Thanks to all those posting both experienced and newbie - I'm learning a lot!

Waiting for it to be under 100! (Come on OCTOBER!)

Jen

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