[Market-farming] farm stand security

Richard Stewart rstewart at zoomtown.com
Wed Jul 16 08:45:41 EDT 2014

We are looking to put in a brick and mortar operation on our farm once we get our honey processing and kitchen facility up and running (we were just site approved for septic so we are still a LONG ways off).  In the State of Ohio you are allowed up to 49% of the product you sell be from off-farm.  I plan on taking full advantage of that.  Now most of that product will be things that include ingredients FROM the farm but not all and all of the raw/fresh will be local (not auction) but 100% will not be mine.

We currently do several a things with our neighbor, including selling their sweet corn and them selling our honey (cash never changed hand we swap honey and corn).  We are joined at the hip so much as doing potatoes as a joint crop and everyone selling and taking a share.  We provided better equipment and they provided better, sandier soil.  Now we are growing about 6 different varieties.  I never once touched them on planting or harvesting end, but I sort bag and ship.  How do you describe that to someone interested in simply sourcing locally grown? 

Richard Stewart
Carriage House Farm
North Bend, Ohio

An Ohio Century Farm Est. 1855

(513) 967-1106
rstewart at zoomtown.com

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On Jul 15, 2014, at 9:53 PM, michelle rome via Market-farming <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org> wrote:

> along the lines of cameras...
> so most of us farmers would not like to sit in a stand all day and would rather either 1) have someone to represent our farm and sell in the farm stand for us or 2) self serve.
> i'd like to know more about what success stories some of the folks on the group have. 
> i know that a farm stand would be more than farm wholesale but maybe not the high retail market prices. what about resale and quality? what do you do? without philosophizing, we all know that honesty may be a by-gone commodity, or at least some of us are in denial and give most folks " the benefit of the doubt". so i am interested in not opinions but really what works for farm stands. i have this strong conviction that i only sell what i naturally grow. so i'd like to go a little deeper on the topic of farm stands, security and ask for those of you that are successful to share what works for you.
> michelle hromyak
> romy farms
> south carolina
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