[Market-farming] Market Prices

Thamnophis thamnophis at gmail.com
Mon Jun 13 22:58:10 EDT 2011

We're seeing the growth in produce auctions (Amish) here in Iowa. Some
of that produce is showing up at farmers markets. Produce at the
auctions is sometimes sold very cheaply. At the Des Moines market (one
of the largest in the country) we saw produce auction stuff last
weekend. The Amish are very creative in their design and construction
of tunnels, and tunnels are popping up all over Amish country.

Having said that, last weekend was probably the last time I'll ever go
to the Des Moines Farmer's Market. They have simply ruined it by
turning into a circus. Hoards of people, have to park 10 blocks away,
lots of people selling crap to fools.

It is no wonder people are looking to smaller markets where they have
a chance to get to know their farmers and trust what they are told by

Boone County, IA

On Mon, Jun 13, 2011 at 9:44 PM,  <SaladG at aol.com> wrote:
> Carla I just really get tired of this family's really cheap prices when the
> rest of the vendors have had to put up with this for a long time.  Our
> region has a lot of problems, major flooding currently is really going to
> very expensive and putting a lot of people out of their homes and our
> markets have been very low on customer count that is actually spending money
> to buy food.  A lot of the leavis are breaking today with the 36' level and
> the old Mud Mo is getting wider every day.  All this mess is heading south
> at a very rapid rate, look out KC.
> I really think they do grow what they are selling, but why sell below
> wholesale.  What we can't sell at markets go the the local shelters and they
> actually come to the market at the end of the day to take what vendors wants
> to donate, needless to say our donations the last two weeks has been quite
> sizeable.
> Has your Broccoli getting any better, we sell broccoli to the farm to school
> program in Co Bluffs, and Omaha for their summer school programs, and our
> broccoli will only hold a couple day's this year, I blame this really crazy
> weather, 100 one day and 60 the next, and lots of rain.  We Hydrocool out of
> field and bring it down to 34 degrees within 20 min's out of the field, but
> the heads very quickly turn, new experience for this product for us.
> We will have salad mix all summer along with Micro Greens thanks to a shady
> building I put in the under the willow trees, works better than our shade
> cloth building.
> Phil from Iowa
> www.timberridgelamb.com
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