We are 8 weeks into our 22 week market and we have already learned so much. I wanna use this post as a point of reflection, trajectory, and manifestation.
The booth we have now started as a desire to sell excess produce and plants from our gardens. I, Aisha, never really intended to grow things specifically for market but rather have an outlet for overflow abundance. For every purchase of our excess we have customers constantly asking for things we don't have and won't have. It has me reconsidering how we plan our gardens. If we want to make this our full-time paying jobs we should probably have what customers are asking for, right? Part of it makes me sad, the buying and selling: capitalism. I dream of bartering and gifting and the natural flow of intentional community and relationships.
That being said, this is what I want to do. I want to market garden fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs. I want to provide food and medicine for my family, friends, and community. So, I have to reconcile how we do that in our current world. The plight of the U.S. small farmer is real. Mental health and financial struggles are prevalent and we are not an exception. Balancing the art of micro-farming with making a living, taking care of our health, and enjoying what we do is delicate. We choose hard work and dedication everyday though. Sometimes that means we leave the garden early, sometimes we push through the irritability of stalling plants and seed-robbing-birds.
While we have so much abundance, this is our first year doing market and there are some things we have learned we need! ✨Produce scale.
🌿Easy to set-up tent and weights.
☀Additional display tables.
☀Compost tea brewer and sprayer.
We have done amazing with the things we have, this is just a list of things that would make life easier, something to strive for. This is also a placeholder for us to look back on as we grow and change.
Ever shifting, I am grateful for the experience even on the hard days. Looking forward to the future and how far we see this thing through.