Market plans, September 17

We will not be at market this weekend. Last week’s income didn’t really justify returning with the same mix of items, so we’ve been working to arrange other sales venues for some of it, and just preserving the rest or sending it home with our workers. In addition, we have a lot of on-farm projects to work on and with fall coming on (we got a light frost Wednesday night) we’d like to truly get started on our off-season task list.

We still have a good quantity of garlic remaining, and have recieved numerous inquiries from people looking for a winter supply and/or planting stock. From this point on we’ll probably come every other week or so, as we did last year in the fall, balancing the long time commitment of market with the desire to meet demand for fall garlic sales. There will be some other fall items available, like cabbage, radishes, and greens, but these are more stable in the field and so can adapt to an alternating market schedule the way regularly-harvested crops can’t.

Our apologies to those who will miss us, but it’s just not worth it overall right now.

3 thoughts on “Market plans, September 17

  1. We've never shipped garlic before, and it creates some new uncertainties. For examples, we're not set up to take payment online or otherwise remotely, and dealing with the packing and a special trip to the PO would create new work that local sales don't, even if we charged handling to cover it. I think we could trust you to send a check after shipping, but it's still a precedent we're not really sure we want to start.We charge $2-$3 per head retail, depending on head size (diameter), which is right in line with what you'd pay for certified seed garlic from a good source like Seed Savers Exchange. How many heads would you be interested in? This partially depends on what kinds of varieties you want; cloves/head range from 12-15 on some of the softnecks to 4-5 on some hardnecks. Right now we charge the same regardless of variety (though I think we’re going to change that next year), such that you get much more area planted with a softneck than a hardneck, though most people like the stronger hardneck varieties better.So the answer is we're not sure if we want to. Let me know what quantity you had in mind and we'll think it over. You might do just as well to order from Seed Savers Exchange in Iowa, then start saving back your own seed. All of our varieties started from SSE stock, which we've then saved for years onward.