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post #31 of 33
The Board of Health hates the whole idea outdoor markets. It's a strange attitude....

That's only because you expect them to behave rationally. Silly you.

The ways of butterflys, pretty girls, and boards of health are inscrutible, and there's just not much can be done about it.

As for having someone raise hogs for I tried that but would up with some inferior hogs....
 
Why is that? If you spell everything out in the contract---breed, size they should be, quality benchmarks, etc., there shouldn't be any problem. Expecially when you are guaranteeing to buy X number that meet the established criterium. Farmers are a lot of things, but stupid isn't usually one of them. I don't know how things are by you, but none of my neighbors are going to screw up a guaranteed sale of that nature.

Shroomgirl is very knowledgeable about pigs, and I'm sure she would be happy to advise you if you want to follow up on this.

and my line of product tends not to use a lot of the more expensive cuts. I would up with a lot of tenderloin and ribs, yummy for me but not a money maker.

Have you thought about developing products that use those cuts? All sorts of obvious benefits to that, including exclusivity of product, higher price points, and so on.

I wonder, too, what the possibilities are for you to sell directly to restaurants and specialty stores. Certainly that brings the health department back into the picture, but it might be worthwhile.
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post #32 of 33
Just be happy with what you have at your Farmers' Market. I live in a California rural county and the market here is really poor. Growing season is short and the dozen or so sellers only have basic stuff: summer squash, peppers, tomatoes and a few other veggies, some local fruits and one or two vendors selling local honey, bread, home-canned jams. But the traffic is light, the air is clean, the noise is tolarable and we even have a few very decent restaurants. Hah!

If I want a REALLY good farmers' market, it's a 75 minutes drive to the Big City!

Enjoy what you have a stop complaining.
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post #33 of 33
No forks or napkins for chicken?? That exists, Bill. It's called a Ren Faire.

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Boy are you over thinking this...............You want everything local, like the chicken, the Rotisserie oven it roasts in, the truck in was delivered in, All the spices grown locally, all the paper plates made local, plastic forks Locally..............can I have a fork for my chicken, sorry they are not made locally, eat with you hands, how about a napkin, sorry don't make those either., use your European shirt to wipe your mouth.................Start your own local market, see how many items you make locally....Chef Bill
 
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