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Selling Chocolates at Shows and Farmers Markets

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#61 AnythingButPlainChocolate

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 12:42 PM




How is this years farmers markets working out for people? I'm just about to start a couple of different ones (1st time, so excited), any further advice from a few years worth of learning and hindsight?

How was your first market? I am getting ready to do my first. Really excited!

It was good, I was however battling the warm weather so not a huge amount of sales. I was however surprised at what sold and what didn't. I couldn't produce enough confit'd fruit (dipped in chocolate) to keep up demands.

I'm glad it went well! I don't have the warm weather to battle with. This summer has been a cool one for us. Did you do one market? or are you doing them every week?
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This market is every other week, and I'll be doing another market on the intervening weeks while trying to stock pile solids for the Christmas rush. Let me know how it goes for you, when is your 1st market?
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#62 JenBunk

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 02:13 PM





How is this years farmers markets working out for people? I'm just about to start a couple of different ones (1st time, so excited), any further advice from a few years worth of learning and hindsight?

How was your first market? I am getting ready to do my first. Really excited!

It was good, I was however battling the warm weather so not a huge amount of sales. I was however surprised at what sold and what didn't. I couldn't produce enough confit'd fruit (dipped in chocolate) to keep up demands.

I'm glad it went well! I don't have the warm weather to battle with. This summer has been a cool one for us. Did you do one market? or are you doing them every week?
Jenny

This market is every other week, and I'll be doing another market on the intervening weeks while trying to stock pile solids for the Christmas rush. Let me know how it goes for you, when is your 1st market?


My first market is on the August 10th and then another one on the 17th. Our outdoor markets close after that because it starts getting cold. If I like it I might do the Holiday bazaars. I am excited, but clueless about how much product to bring. I will post a pic of my booth after my first market.
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#63 AnythingButPlainChocolate

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 07:47 AM

My first market is on the August 10th and then another one on the 17th. Our outdoor markets close after that because it starts getting cold. If I like it I might do the Holiday bazaars. I am excited, but clueless about how much product to bring. I will post a pic of my booth after my first market.
Jenny

Good luck, I found the most difficult part was trying to guess how much of everything to take, still judging it, I suppose you need to guess the weather better than I!
Sian

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#64 JenBunk

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 09:20 PM

Well my first market is under my belt. It was pretty slow, but I did better than most of the venders because I was new. It was a lot of work, but it was fun.

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Posted 11 August 2012 - 12:39 AM

Congratulations! In terms of purchases made, did you notice any patterns of preferences that might be useful to you in the future?

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#66 JenBunk

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Posted 11 August 2012 - 03:58 PM

Congratulations! In terms of purchases made, did you notice any patterns of preferences that might be useful to you in the future?

Yeah, I made little chocolate moose suckers for the kids and was surprised they were so popular. Only a couple were bought for kids and the rest were bought by the tourist:)
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#67 Sallee'sSweets

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 12:28 PM

Help please!  I am participating in an outdoor festival early July.  I sell chocolates and baked goods.  Up to now, I have only done indoor craft fairs, etc. and have been using coolers to keep my chocolates and stuff cold.  I will do the same at the outdoor festival but how can I best optimize use of my coolers?  Do I have to have a Cambro or can I "get by" with coolers?  What do I do about "extra" inventory that I want to keep especially fresh for purchases late in the day?  Should I offer to keep purchased items cool at my booth while people do their additional shopping?  Any tips would be appreciated.  Thanks!



#68 Lisa Shock

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Posted 17 June 2013 - 07:57 PM

I don't recall seeing a thread on baked goods, but, since most pastry isn't normally kept in a cold case (refrigeration makes crisp pastries soggy) you could probably get by with a cooler and gel packs for it.

 

I personally would not hold purchased items. You'll be held hostage when the time comes to leave if they don't return promptly.

 

Also, I used to work as a district manager for a famous specialty food company that has seasonal stores in malls. We had to implement a policy of 'no holds' because we had consumers in several states claim that the gift wrapped, purchased food being held had been tampered with (seals broken, foods injected with poisons) while they were away. As far as we could tell, the claims were bogus, but we needed to reduce our potential for liability. So food never left the sight of the consumer and the gift wrapping program ended.  I'd be wary of people returning and claiming that what you're handing over isn't what they bought, or worse, that you somehow tried to injure them.



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Posted 17 October 2013 - 04:40 PM

I'm taking myself and my chocolates to my first market this Sunday :D nervous and excited, but hopefully I can sell a bunch to make a little cash to invest back into making more chocolates!


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#70 Kerry Beal

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 06:17 PM

I'm taking myself and my chocolates to my first market this Sunday :D nervous and excited, but hopefully I can sell a bunch to make a little cash to invest back into making more chocolates!

That's very exciting!  Let us know how it goes.



#71 Gary Traffanstedt

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 07:28 PM

I'm taking myself and my chocolates to my first market this Sunday :D nervous and excited, but hopefully I can sell a bunch to make a little cash to invest back into making more chocolates!


What are you using to keep your product cool? I use Cambro coolers and that works pretty well. Mine are the kind that hold full sheet pans. On the bottom I have one pan of truffles then I put a pan above that and load in my fudge. 1 ice pack at the bottom and 4 up top and my stuff stays cool.

#72 keychris

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 04:13 PM

yeah, I have a cool bag that worked quite well, it fits the boxes I store my chocolates in almost perfectly. some cool bricks under a towel at the bottom, then the stack of boxes, then a towel and coolbricks on top again. It got to 30C yesterday, but the chocolates stayed nice in the bag. I have a nice piece of stone that I put out which kept the chocolates that I had out cool, but in the end I just left the ones on the stone as display-only and when people wanted them, I got them fresh from the cool bag.

 

then I got to eat the display ones at the end of the day :D I managed to cover my costs and make a small amount of money to invest back in, which is great - it was only a small school market, so with luck, next month I shall do a larger community market with a higher number of visitors and hopefully do even better!



#73 Gary Traffanstedt

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 05:45 PM

Sounds like thing went well for you. Always great when there's no major problems when first trying something new. Any issues with condensation? I initially did a lot of ice packs too and bottom but now I do 4 at the top and 1 on bottom and that seems to help a lot with condensation. I'm able to keep everything slightly chilled but not too cold where the chocolates would start getting wet the first time I pulled the tray out.





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