When you arrive at the farmers market at 10 am, our tents are shading tables stacked with fresh veggies and we’re ready to greet you with a smile. But before that….
….here’s what we do to get the veggies to you!
For morning markets, we start at 6:30 a.m., packing harvest totes with ice for the trip.
Next it’s off to harvest fresh herbs, bundle them up, and pack them in the cooler to stay fresh.
Zucchini blossoms are next; in the picture below, the tall flowers are male, and don’t develop into zucchini. We snap them off at the stem to pack for customers who make stuffed blossoms or squash blossom soup.
Tables and tents are already on the ladybug van, so loading begins with CSA boxes, which are put together the night before and ready in the cooler.
In go the cooled totes and fruit boxes, full of all manner of garden-fresh goodies.
Tomatoes, garlic, and cured onions are never refrigerated, so they are wheeled over from the processing barn.
Sometimes we pack the van so full, she rides low. Then it’s off to the market site!
We arrive 2 hours before the market opens to begin set up. First up are tents and tables.
Boxes and totes are unloaded to their display site. It’s not enough to be tasty–produce has to be beautiful too.
Baskets are put out, veggies are displayed, and price signs go in.
Banners and signs are hung, produce bags are hung above the tables, weight scales are turned on, and we get ready to greet you!
All in all, market prep and breakdown takes about 5-6 hours. And that’s after all the planting, weeding, harvesting, processing, and packing!