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To Market or Not to Market?

Just finished up my first month at two different markets and I wanted to share how it's been going! I started with a booth at the local farmer's market in my own city of Georgetown, Texas and I have been enjoying meeting new people and all of the other vendors. One of the best things about setting up shop at a Farmer's Market is the accessibility to all of the great products that are sold there. Baking and cooking with such fresh and local ingredients is the absolute best!


I now have a booth at a great Farmer's Market in Austin too. There are about 100 different vendors at this market - Texas Farmer's Market at Mueller. I have had a booth there now for 2 Sundays and it's a very different crowd then the local Georgetown market.


I have been struggling with "How many pies should I make" and seem to always put together a last batch at 1 AM the morning of each market. Which means that I am not sleeping as much as I should be. The past 4 Saturdays I have completely sold out of mini 4" pies each time, I also sell 4 ounce cookies at the Saturday market too and usually come close to selling out of all 4 dozen cookies I bring.


Yesterday though was a tough day. I noticed that people are walking and looking and then sometimes stopping by after they peruse all of the tents. I had a few who had bought from me before that stopped by to say how great their pie was - which is amazing! Sales were slow but somewhat steady for 2 of the 4 hours. In talking to other vendors I realized it was a slow day for all, which helped me to feel a bit better. I arrived at the market with 33 mini pies, 5 galette's and 10 hand pies and 1 test new pie shape I made. I left with 11 mini pies, 3 galette's and 5 hand pies. I put all of the left behind pies for sale on Facebook Marketplace as well as on my site for a few dollars cheaper than the market price.


I am chalking up a slow weekend to slightly overcast weather and a "it might rain" forecast.



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