maureenbostock at hotmail.com
Thu Sep 23 11:59:51 EDT 2004
I think it is bad for everybody if market vending prices are raised to make
it harder on the folks who are selling their produce cheaply.
We who market vegetables should realize that there will always be people who
will give away what we seek to make a living on. Its actually a good thing
that there is cheap food available even if it means that I have a harder
time selling my produce. People who give it away are not in competition
with us - they are enjoying the extraordinary bounty of growing food. We
have to recognize that it is in everybody's interests including ourselves if
more and more people grow their own.
One solution is to become certified organic. This differentiates your
produce from the backyard producer and enables you to sell to the people who
are seeking certified organic produce at your market place. As a certified
organic grower I sell everything I produce at a good price.
Another is to grow unusual varieties of various vegetables. This also
enables your customer to experience the wide range of tastes available in
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