I was a serious market grower here from 2006-2009 and am revisiting to encourage new growers.
When I first got here I knew very little about gardening let alone growing for market and I owe a large debt to the long time members, countrygardens, mistymeadows, shoe, cricket, you guys helped me immensely. Forums like this I believe are the wave of the future and the people that are experienced should be compensated in some way.
Why did I give up? Being a market grower is extremely difficult and I give high props to anyone able to do it for a long period of time. In 3 years, I was bitten by a copperhead, robbed 3 times, worked 10+ hours a day in 90 degree plus temperatures and suffered repeated crop failures to disease, insects and drought. All to earn on average $1/pound for fruits and vegetables I made it to market with after getting up at 4 am to get ready.
But even after all that I still find farming to be my main goal. It gets it your blood and is hard to shake. I'm working my old job but still producing major amounts of veggies and at some point I hope to be a non-ex market grower :)