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post #46 of 67
Jen, your booth at the Farmer's Market was absolutely beautiful! Like others have said, you've got your "start up" expenses out of the way so the next time you should earn some cha-ching cha-ching!

In my neck of the woods (Western North Carolina), they have what they call "Tailgate Markets" meaning people sell their baked goods, canned goods and garden produce when it's ready. Unfortunately, in last week's paper there was an article where the inspector's showed up (in Asheville) and started warning all the sellers that they had to follow the regulations of the FDA and that if they wanted to sell their baked and canned goods any longer, they had to package the items listing all ingredients and submit each product for "testing" at "$50 per recipe"! I'm all for protecting the public and all that, but come on. For years, I have bought honey, baked items (especially from the roadside tables in Amish country when on vacations), jellies and jams, etc. from places all over the US and not once have I ever gotten sick! It's getting where the little man/or woman has to forget about ever wanting to better him or her self... icon_cry.gif
Betty Crocker I'm not,
but I sure as heck am having fun trying.....
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Betty Crocker I'm not,
but I sure as heck am having fun trying.....
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post #47 of 67
Jen, your booth at the Farmer's Market was absolutely beautiful! Like others have said, you've got your "start up" expenses out of the way so the next time you should earn some cha-ching cha-ching!

In my neck of the woods (Western North Carolina), they have what they call "Tailgate Markets" meaning people sell their baked goods, canned goods and garden produce when it's ready. Unfortunately, in last week's paper there was an article where the inspector's showed up (in Asheville) and started warning all the sellers that they had to follow the regulations of the FDA and that if they wanted to sell their baked and canned goods any longer, they had to package the items listing all ingredients and submit each product for "testing" at "$50 per recipe"! I'm all for protecting the public and all that, but come on. For years, I have bought honey, baked items (especially from the roadside tables in Amish country when on vacations), jellies and jams, etc. from places all over the US and not once have I ever gotten sick! It's getting where the little man/or woman has to forget about ever wanting to better him or her self... icon_cry.gif
Betty Crocker I'm not,
but I sure as heck am having fun trying.....
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Betty Crocker I'm not,
but I sure as heck am having fun trying.....
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post #48 of 67
Jen, your booth at the Farmer's Market was absolutely beautiful! Like others have said, you've got your "start up" expenses out of the way so the next time you should earn some cha-ching cha-ching!

In my neck of the woods (Western North Carolina), they have what they call "Tailgate Markets" meaning people sell their baked goods, canned goods and garden produce when it's ready. Unfortunately, in last week's paper there was an article where the inspector's showed up (in Asheville) and started warning all the sellers that they had to follow the regulations of the FDA and that if they wanted to sell their baked and canned goods any longer, they had to package the items listing all ingredients and submit each product for "testing" at "$50 per recipe"! I'm all for protecting the public and all that, but come on. For years, I have bought honey, baked items (especially from the roadside tables in Amish country when on vacations), jellies and jams, etc. from places all over the US and not once have I ever gotten sick! It's getting where the little man/or woman has to forget about ever wanting to better him or her self... icon_cry.gif
Betty Crocker I'm not,
but I sure as heck am having fun trying.....
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Betty Crocker I'm not,
but I sure as heck am having fun trying.....
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post #49 of 67
Jen, your booth at the Farmer's Market was absolutely beautiful! Like others have said, you've got your "start up" expenses out of the way so the next time you should earn some cha-ching cha-ching!

In my neck of the woods (Western North Carolina), they have what they call "Tailgate Markets" meaning people sell their baked goods, canned goods and garden produce when it's ready. Unfortunately, in last week's paper there was an article where the inspector's showed up (in Asheville) and started warning all the sellers that they had to follow the regulations of the FDA and that if they wanted to sell their baked and canned goods any longer, they had to package the items listing all ingredients and submit each product for "testing" at "$50 per recipe"! I'm all for protecting the public and all that, but come on. For years, I have bought honey, baked items (especially from the roadside tables in Amish country when on vacations), jellies and jams, etc. from places all over the US and not once have I ever gotten sick! It's getting where the little man/or woman has to forget about ever wanting to better him or her self... icon_cry.gif
Betty Crocker I'm not,
but I sure as heck am having fun trying.....
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Betty Crocker I'm not,
but I sure as heck am having fun trying.....
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post #50 of 67
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Betty Crocker I'm not,
but I sure as heck am having fun trying.....
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Betty Crocker I'm not,
but I sure as heck am having fun trying.....
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post #51 of 67
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Betty Crocker I'm not,
but I sure as heck am having fun trying.....
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Betty Crocker I'm not,
but I sure as heck am having fun trying.....
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post #52 of 67
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Betty Crocker I'm not,
but I sure as heck am having fun trying.....
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Betty Crocker I'm not,
but I sure as heck am having fun trying.....
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post #53 of 67
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Betty Crocker I'm not,
but I sure as heck am having fun trying.....
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Betty Crocker I'm not,
but I sure as heck am having fun trying.....
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post #54 of 67
That is simply stunning!! If we had a market like that in my town, I'd be all over it just like you did! Nice!
post #55 of 67
Thread Starter 
thanks all for tour kind words!!!
(yes Pebbles, I do all the baking myself and it is a TON of work.)

as a bit of an update, last weekend we did the market again.
it was down, but I talked to another vendor that said it was just a down day. the other baker - the cupcake lady - was there too, so I think we did pretty good with all that.
I'm going back this saturday too.
I don't expect to sell a ton, but it's still worth it.
I have made such great contacts doing it.
I met a local store owner that might want to do events (cupcake/cookie decorating parties)
I met an executive chef at a local country club that told me to call him about weddings.
I had numerous cake orders, and a wedding for October.

as for the HD, I heard that the HD in my hometown in IL sort of 'raided' the farmers market. here, there are requirements for labeling which I just about have, but am still working out.

more photos on my blog
http://poshpastries.blogspot.com/
'Why sleep when you can bake!'
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'Why sleep when you can bake!'
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post #56 of 67
Your booth looks amazing. I have never been to a farmer's market like that before. I hope this continues to work out well for you. Good luck! thumbs_up.gif
post #57 of 67
just visited your blog and left a comment there, but i also want to thank you for sharing your experience. i love your labels and signs- and your shop name! i wish we could be licensed home bakers in washington state=( i dream of one day opening up shop.
The food pyramid is missing a food group
*CHOCOLATE*!!!


http://www.ibrakeforcupcakes.blogspot.com/
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The food pyramid is missing a food group
*CHOCOLATE*!!!


http://www.ibrakeforcupcakes.blogspot.com/
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post #58 of 67
I'm now following your blog, so keep the great pictures coming! My events in our area are slower since graduation. Tons of people are at the shore (East coast talk for the beach) and on vacation. I knew it wasn't just me when all the other vendors felt the same hurt in their sales. What great contacts and networking in the meantime! I find there is more time between sales to network when the crowd isn't so large. Rest up -the fall and Christmas orders are brewing! icon_smile.gif
post #59 of 67
I'm now following your blog, so keep the great pictures coming! My events in our area are slower since graduation. Tons of people are at the shore (East coast talk for the beach) and on vacation. I knew it wasn't just me when all the other vendors felt the same hurt in their sales. What great contacts and networking in the meantime! I find there is more time between sales to network when the crowd isn't so large. Rest up -the fall and Christmas orders are brewing! icon_smile.gif
post #60 of 67
I'm now following your blog, so keep the great pictures coming! My events in our area are slower since graduation. Tons of people are at the shore (East coast talk for the beach) and on vacation. I knew it wasn't just me when all the other vendors felt the same hurt in their sales. What great contacts and networking in the meantime! I find there is more time between sales to network when the crowd isn't so large. Rest up -the fall and Christmas orders are brewing! icon_smile.gif
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