Tables of endless produce, organic offerings, unique vegetables, food vendors, and flower stands being picked over by young hipsters, old foodies, and bright-eyed wives dragging their longsuffering husbands who would have rather stayed in bed on a crisp summer morning. Yeah, Greenville, MS’s Farmer’s Market didn’t have any of that crap!
Instead, there were only 5 booths (other than myself) all selling tomatoes and squash and very little else. And while there was a steady flow of customers, most came with no more than $5 to spend and haggled over fresh vegetables that were already priced lower than the local supermarket. And did I mention it was hotter than jalapeño hemorrhoid cream out there? To say the least, it was far from what I had expected.
Nonetheless, the two vendors next to me could not have been more friendly. Bonny, the lady selling pickled everything at her booth, insisted that my wife take one of her portable fans – while Elisha, one of the four tomato farmers, gave me tips, encouragement, and even nudged customers my way.
However, the day was not a total loss. With low expectations, I had set a minimum amount of honey sales needed to break even. After 4 hours, I had surpassed that number by double.
While this might sounds good, if I were left with only this as a source of money, I ‘d have to subsidize my income by wrestling bees in underground beekeeping flight clubs. However, I gathered that this was a slow day at the market, since every vendor there tried to beat me out of my honey at wholesale prices to sell at their booths – I declined their offers (for now).
Farmer’s Markets were never meant to be a source of income in my grand beekeeping plan but the quick money could help me buy more equipment to build my business in the short term.
This coming Saturday, I will try the Cleveland, MS Farmer’s Market which I have been told is slightly larger (so maybe 6 booths). After that, I will decide which seemed to be the better fit for me.
So what is the Farmer’s Market like where you live? Is the the norm? Leave a comment below, I really am curious.
On a separate note, I got two different calls for bee removal this morning. That seems very odd, since I have only done bee removal once before. You ever feel like God is trying to tell you something? Maybe it’s just manna from heaven – free, healthy bees to diversify my stock. I’m guessing this little adventure will be next Monday’s Blog Topic.