Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The market: what's hot and what's not.

Here's a few pictures of some of our veggies we sold last week at the market. This year has been a learning experience. I have learned that some items just don't sell as well as others. For instance, it seems that the market is saturated with carrots and zucchini...go figure on the zucchini : )

However, other items seem to be in great demand right now...If I had enough ripe tomatoes to sell I'm sure I would sell out each weekend. The tomatoes are a slow go this year as June's weather took its toll on the heat loving plants.

Another hot item at the market are the Walla Walla Sweet Onions. We have sold out of them nearly every weekend. As such, next year I will definitely have to increase our onion crop.

It seems that many market shoppers like a wide variety of produce that you just can't find in the grocery store. Take baby corn, for instance. I wasn't sure how it would sell but it did quite well. I often use it in stir fry dishes and suggested that to my customers. I know they will be pleasantly surprised by the flavor.

The purple tomatillos are starting to fill out their husks. They should be ready for market by next week or the week after. I can't wait to try them in salsa.

Our purple podded pole beans aren't doing as well as hoped... I'm going to give them some organic fertilizer and hope they start producing more beans soon. The bush beans are producing a ton so I don't know why the pole beans are being so slow this year.
The Hill County Red Okra have the most beautiful flowers on them. I only know a handful of people who even like okra so hopefully it will sell. If not, then I will get busy pickling it. (Goes well with a Bloody Mary.)

The mammoth dill plants are at least 5 ft tall now and covered in ladybugs....a good sign. : ) I won't sell much of it at the market since we usually make lots of pickles for ourselves.

The celery is not doing as well as last year's crop. This year we grew it in rows rather than raised beds which made it more susceptible to the cool weather and bugs. Oh well, you live and learn. : )

Cucumbers have been a good seller ....I grow mostly Straight Eights but also grew a few pickling cukes, Izniks, Cucinos and Lemon Cukes.
People around here love the Lemon Cukes so next year we will grow lots more.

I am glad that I had the opportunity to participate in the market this year. It's been loads of fun and I can't wait to do it next year too....I have learned a ton on what sells and what doesn't. I have learned that presentation (thank you Daisy Girl for your artful displays) and great customer service will draw people in and bring them back. I have learned that gardening is definitely my passion and my calling in life. I want nothing more than to provide the community with healthful, tasty food that contains no chemicals. And doing it for a living would be a pretty sweet gig. Peace : )


  1. The farmer's market in my town has already wrapped it up for the year, and it's good that yours is in full swing.

  2. I find the purple podded take quite a while to produce compared to the green poles. Once they start though they go crazy.

  3. EG...I don't like the end of the growing season.... : ( but there is always next year to plan for.

  4. Good to know Dan...I was starting to worry...

  5. The hot items around here (Willow, Alaska) are any veggies! People mob you just for veggies. Then it's home canned goods then bread, in that order.

  6. oh, i wish i could go to that market..it all looks so good....would love to visit with you over all that glorious produce !!!!

    kary and teddy

  7. Faith, that's what I hear...my sis-in-law is also from Alaska...I'm not sure that I could survive there without my garden... lol!

  8. Kary, thanks! I wish you could visit too : )

  9. There is nothing quite like the taste of home grown tomatoes!! Thanks for sharing your findings..

  10. I never understood the whole Zucchini thing until last year my brother's boss gave us one as big as our cat and she kept trying to give us more!

    The onions do look amazing :D

  11. Wow, what a great view with all the fresh vegetables.. a treat for a vegetarian...

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