[Market-farming] Sales

Willie McKemie mf at austinfarm.org
Fri Aug 17 11:10:53 EDT 2007

On Fri, Aug 17, 2007 at 07:12:58AM -0400, Andrew R. King wrote:
> Since the beginning of august, sales and the number of customers have off
> greatly at the farmer's markets in my area. Do you think the drop off is
> seasonal or because of the economy? Any ideas?

I've been observing that here in central Texas for about 30 years.  
June is our big farmers market month, with a moderate decline in July 
and a precipitous decline in August and no noticeable recovery in the 
Fall.  After it freezes in November or December, we wait for it to 
start all over again in May.  We run out of tomatoes in July; many 
customers come to the markets almost solely for tomatoes.  Our climate 
is just brutally hot in July and August, that helps keep people away 
from our markets.  We may have more tomatoes in October or so, but that 
doesn't invigorate the markets.

Willie, ONWARD!  Through the fog!
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