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post #1 of 36
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Hello all.

I am needing some advice for farmers market cupcakes.

First of all what do you do to keep the icing from melting? Do you use coolers ect? I am planning on getting the boxes from brp and I was thinking that ice packs would sweat and ruin the boxes. I need something sturdy for the cupcakes to be in because all cupcakes must be prepackaged and my house is all they way across town, many chances for the cuppies to fall over!

How many flavors do you have available. I was thinking 4-6 flavors would be a good range. I plan on having at least one chocolate based flavor a week and one vegan/gluten free one at least. I have about 25 flavors/kinds available by special order for pick up and I thought 4-6 would be a manageable number.

Do you sell individual cupcakes or cupcakes by a certain # (half doz, doz ect). I am thinking about doing a bunch of individual cupcakes, minis by the dozen and cupcake truffles by the dozen.
Ready for a great summer at the farmers market!
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post #2 of 36
The weather is still cool enough, I have not used my ice packs yet. But what I do is put my 6-pks in rubbermaid totes with techni-ice.

I got my 6-pk containers from webrestaurant.com, they are perfect. I sell variety packs (they are a huge hit, I have sold out each time). I also sell the cupcakes individually. I do mini cups for sampling or I will cut up a regular size in to quarters.

I have found if you offer the singles, only do 4-5 flavors, this way they have to buy the 6-pk to get all 6 flavors you brought that day.

Make sure your display is BEAUTIFUL. I have recieved so many compliments on my display, I truely believe this is what helps me sell so much.

Good luck on your booth, we would love to see pics!
LL
post #3 of 36
I would love to know how many of each flavor do you make for the farmers market? I'm selling for the first time at a market and figured I would make four different flavors....but not sure how much. Do you find people are wanting to simply buy one cupcake more often than buying a variety pack? Any advice you can give is so appreciated!
P.S. FH Cakes---your display is beautiful!
post #4 of 36
Thank you icon_biggrin.gif

Last Saturday I brought (10) 6-pks with 6 flavors, (20) singles of 4 flavors. I also had (35) minis for samples, (10) Gluten-Free and (10) Dairy-Free.

I had a Cake the first weekend, but it didn't sell. This Saturday I wil take a dummy (I just got my CK order as we speak, so I need to get to work!)

Good Luck!!!
post #5 of 36
I am just starting to sell my cupcakes and cupcake bites at the Farmer's Market here in Indiana. I am planning on having the "standard" flavors of chocolate and vanilla each week and then a "specialty" flavor that will change each week. FH, I LOVE the way you set up your booth!!!! I actually had in my head something similar for my booth. I'll try and post a picture after this coming Saturday. Good luck to you both this season!!!
post #6 of 36
I just did my 1st FM this past Saturday and it was about 40deg out with 30mph winds! Thank goodness for my mom! She stuck it out with me for the whole 4 hours. We maybe had about 15 customers come out to the market total, but I did sell some cupcakes and bites. I ended up taking 7- 6ct cupcakes, 6-2ct cupcakes, 6-1ct cupcakes and 8-6ct cupcake bites. I also had samples for customers to try and I did get a lot of compliments from them. I will try to post a picture next week, since my stand was not quite up to par this past weekend due to the weather. FH - BTW, your cake stand is beautiful!!!!
post #7 of 36
Adamsmom - I'm glad that you were able to sell some of your goodies! Hopefully, you'll be able to sell lots more when the weather is warm (like it's supposed o be in May).

Are you going to take the same amount of cupcakes this time? Or cut down on your baking?

Good luck! Keep us posted!
post #8 of 36
cylstrial - I will most likely take about the same amount IF the weather is going to be nice out. If not, then I will definitely cut back. Unfortunately the FM is hard to predict what you will need to make ahead of time, but I think after I get a season under my belt, then I can be more prepared for next season.
post #9 of 36
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Originally Posted by adamsmom

cylstrial - I will most likely take about the same amount IF the weather is going to be nice out. If not, then I will definitely cut back. Unfortunately the FM is hard to predict what you will need to make ahead of time, but I think after I get a season under my belt, then I can be more prepared for next season.



Definitely! Well keep us posted. My Farmer's market starts next weekend - so I'm getting excited! icon_smile.gif
post #10 of 36
Hope everyone had a great Farmer's Market weekend! I am happy to announce that I SOLD OUT this weekend!!!!!! I took ~60 cupcakes and ~60 cupcake bites. I had a great response to my flavors and my presentation. I even was asked to give a quote for a wedding in July!!! So very excited about my outcome icon_surprised.gif) I'll try to upload a picture of my booth tonight once I get home, but I do have an order of 5 dozen bites due tomorrow, so it might not be until Tuesday night. Anywhoo, let me know how you all did, I'd love to know icon_surprised.gif)
post #11 of 36
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Hope everyone had a great Farmer's Market weekend! I am happy to announce that I SOLD OUT this weekend!!!!!! I took ~60 cupcakes and ~60 cupcake bites. I had a great response to my flavors and my presentation. I even was asked to give a quote for a wedding in July!!! So very excited about my outcome icon_surprised.gif) I'll try to upload a picture of my booth tonight once I get home, but I do have an order of 5 dozen bites due tomorrow, so it might not be until Tuesday night. Anywhoo, let me know how you all did, I'd love to know icon_surprised.gif)



That is AWESOME!! Way to go!!
post #12 of 36
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Hello all!

I have only been to the farmers market once so far this season. I took 16doz cupcakes and I sold 15! That day was nice and cool it was only 68 out but this weekend it is supposed to get 85!

So now I am looking for a buttercream recipe that will be ok in heat. Im talking 85-90 degrees possibly.

I currently use Americas Test Kitchen recipe but I am afraid it will melt in the higher temp. Is it possible to just add some meringue powder to ensure it wont melt? Or will that make the icing crusty/hard?

Thanks!

ETA: I want to keep it as natural as possible. I have to list every ingredient and every ingredient within an ingredient!
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post #13 of 36
Ok, so I am finally getting a picture up from my Farmer's Market. I hope all is going well and let me know what you think (good and bad) and I'd love any suggestions.
LL
post #14 of 36
It looks good to me! The weather was warmer this weekend! Hope that helped a lot!

It's so nice that you can park your car behind your stand. We have to park ours where everyone else parks. It's so dumb! So I hav to unload, move the car. Then pull it back up and then load it up. And I run my stand alone with my 2 1/2 year old. And it's about 6 feet from a main road where there are 4 lanes of traffic going about 40 mph.

Sorry. I'm not sure how that turned into a rant. LOL.
post #15 of 36
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Here are a few photos from our farmers market so far this year. I am thinking of removing the cupcake decor because people are asking if the cupcakes are real lol. Apparently they look to good to be real?
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