Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Community Market

Yesterday was our first attempt at having a market in the neighborhood where we farm, and it was a great success! We harvested some in the morning. Here is Ma Kyi Ohn and Pay Lay using the salad spinner!
Dena had a few peppers left to sell!
One of the best parts of having the market in our neighborhood is that it is so easy to get stuff there. I stuffed my little car full and made four trips while the women walked down the street and BAM! Usually we have to take a bus (for the people) and a large 15 foot box truck (for the tents, baskets, scales and vegetables).

Instead of weighing things, we grouped them in $1.00 piles. The women loved this. When I gathered them all around at the start of market and showed them how we were going to group things and not use a scale, one of them shouted "No Numbers!!!" in total excitement. Math is one of the main challanges that we have at the other market. It's very complicated if you think about it. First you must weigh things and add up things that are bunched, then you must calculate sales tax, finally you must make change in unfamiliar currency. Usually, the women are fairly comfortable with bills, but coins are really confusing!
Here are our $1.00 bunches of Tomatoes. What a deal!
At one point, it started raining. All the growers hopped under their tables to stay dry and of course I had to take pictures. Here is Pay Lay.

At the end of the day, every one was happy. We had 23 customers, most of whom were folks who walked up from the neighborhood. Everyone was realy excited about the quality of the produce, and we look forward to selling much more in the future!


  1. Looks like things went really well. Congratulations!

  2. What a fantastic idea! I wonder where the closest farmer's market is for most neighbors of the farm?