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Selling produce at the garden gate.


 
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rathfuadagh
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 9:17 am    Post subject: Selling produce at the garden gate. Reply with quote

Hi,

I was just wondering if anyone has had any experience of selling their extra produce at the garden gate.(plants,fruit, vegetables,seeds, preserves,baked goods and eggs)
I have not yet got any extra produce but It would be nice to get some seed/plant money this way in the future.
I would like to reduce, re-use and recycle so any tips on packaging presentation, homemade signs and pricing would be helpfull.
Is this a popular way to sell?
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inishindie
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 10:02 pm    Post subject: fun Reply with quote

Hi
I sold plants form the house a few years ago and also excess veggies. I enjoyed the craic for the first few years but eventually it got a bit much. I had people coming around to the house at 6:30 in the morning and also up until midnight. I also got a bit of a rush when I was getting the kids evening meal together....

I had closed signs up but when you are working from home there's no such thing as being closed. I also had to get accident liability insurance as people came down the drive too which took away and profits.....

I bet you wish I never started talking now.....

The biggest problem I had was people not valuing your stock, the long hours spent potting up, weeding and investing in growing quality produce. A lot of customers would try and get things for next to nothing as they thought it was just a hobby......I eventually gave it up when I found myself hurling vebals to a woman who walked around the display for an hour before telling me I was too expensive (she thought 50cent for a two year old escallonia plant in a 3 litre pot was too expensive....the pot cost more than that...)...She gave as good as she got I might add and it did my nerves no good at all.


I don't want to put you off as this type of selling does appeal and work for a lot of people...Set your prices and your boundaries and get a BIG closed sign.....

Cheers

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rathfuadagh
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 30, 2009 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks inishindie that was very helpfull .
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2009 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

try the local farmers market, existing stall holders often look for specialised line of produce.
michael brenock horticultural advisor (retired)
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