A Bump In The Road

As with most small farms, our biggest challenge is to establish ourselves in the marketplace. Our plan is to first affiliate with the local farmers’ markets. The plan being that local farmers’ markets can provide a readily available market to sell produce at our current production rates. We also plan to sell wholesale to retail stores and other larger markets opportunities. As we increase our production rate, as per the Farm Plan, we can develop wholesale markets.

As it turns out, our local farmers’ markets in Coudersport and Galeton have been cancelled for 2010, although some farmers may still set up a sales booth from time to time. These cancellations are mainly due to the fact that the customer base here in Potter County isn’t large enough to operate regular weekly sessions on the courthouse square.

We encourage the community to support local farmer’s markets for many reasons. Farmers’ market produce is renowned for being locally grown and very fresh which preserves the nutritional content. Since, produce is locally grown it does not travel as far to get to your table, the difference in mileage saves fossil fuels. Farmers’ markets feature produce grown naturally or organically, meats that are raised humanely on pasture, handmade farmstead cheeses, eggs and poultry from free-range fowl, as well as heirloom produce and heritage breeds of meat and fowl. Farmers’ markets help farmers stay in business as well as preserve natural resources.  Moreover, farmers’ markets help maintain important social ties, linking rural and urban populations in mutually rewarding exchange. Farmers’ markets are a traditional way of selling agricultural and home manufactured products. A weekly market day is a part of normal life in villages and town squares. [1]

Here is a list of local Farmers’ Markets.  Please support them.

Town Location Days and Times
Coudersport, PA Courthouse Square Friday 3 – 7 pm and Saturday 9 – 2 pm
Galeton, PA Center Town Park Friday 3 – 7 pm
St. Marys, PA Depot Street Saturday 9 – 11 am
Wellsville, NY Ames Plaza Route 417 Thursday 11 – 3 pm
Olean, NY Olean Center Mall Parking Lot Saturday 8 – 2 pm
Bradford, PA Old City Hall Parking Lot 2nd & 4th Saturday 8 – Noon
Wellsboro, PA First Heritage and Fall Hall Annex Thursday 3 – 7 pm
Angelica, NY Park Circle Saturday 10 – 2 pm

[1] From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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