As farmers, we have a little bit of experience selling crops (just a tad).
We grow crops on a large scale (see Meet The Farmers). However, I wanted to make good, organic produce available to locals who can’t grow their own food and the tourists that come through. So we decided to set aside one acre to grow produce on a small scale.
My next move was to approach a grocery store. There is one tiny Mom & Pop store nearby that I thought might possibly want to sell produce, but it was risky.
The owner was very kind. I gave him enough free corn to feed his family dinner, and then he agreed to try our produce.
At first, I made posters and had those interested in corn make an order. I contacted him every Monday morning and got the order. We spent Monday preparing the order, and then into the root cellar it went for the night. Tuesday morning we made our delivery.
As the corn did well, he asked me for a sample of beans. I gave him three pounds, and before I knew it, I was taking orders for corn and beans Monday mornings.
Now, most Monday mornings I call, and he tells me, “Bring me all of everything you have.” He’s never turned any of our produce down.