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  1. #1
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    Default First Harvest - ready for the Farmers Market

    104 Quarts total - from one mail order package in '09, and much work. Wish me luck.

  2. #2
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    Default Re: First Harvest - ready for the Farmers Market

    That's awesome, David!

    Good luck and keep us posted

  3. #3
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    Default Re: First Harvest - ready for the Farmers Market

    Congrats and hope to have a similar harvest in a couple seasons

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    Default Re: First Harvest - ready for the Farmers Market

    Very nice!
    Good luck!

  5. #5
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    Default Re: First Harvest - ready for the Farmers Market

    Excellent! How about a look at your label?

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    Default Re: First Harvest - ready for the Farmers Market

    Nice job!!!

  7. #7
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    Default Re: First Harvest - ready for the Farmers Market

    Sold almost $500 worth @ $14/qt and $8/pt - pints outselling quarts by about 50% (in unit sales) I bet 16 ounce squeeze bottles would sell good at $5 per. Live and learn.

    My labels are just some avery address labels that I already had with this:

    Pure Local Honey
    Produced at Whitehall apiary
    David LaFerney
    454 Whitehall rd.
    Cookeville, TN

    About 7 miles north of town
    Harvested July 2011
    XXX-XXX-1635

  8. #8
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    Default Re: First Harvest - ready for the Farmers Market

    Great job! Did the pints have a pound of honey, or you just filled them up and whatever they were...

  9. #9
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    Default Re: First Harvest - ready for the Farmers Market

    Quote Originally Posted by natureboy68 View Post
    ... Did the pints have a pound of honey, or you just filled them up and whatever they were...
    Nature Boy,

    A pint of honey should weigh more than a pound. About 12 liquid oz of honey weighs about 16 oz. It looks like he pretty much filled the jars, so they should have weighed around 1 lb 4 oz, or 1 1/3 pounds of honey, if I did the math right. Too tired to think.

    Honey is sold by weight. And I say around since it matters how dry the honey is.

    This gets confusing every year! What we get for using the same unit of measure for weight and liquid.

    Pugs

  10. #10
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    Default Re: First Harvest - ready for the Farmers Market

    That's correct - I just filled the jars, and didn't label them as to how much they contained. My sign did price it as pints and quarts.

    The Friday market was a "Buy Local" event promoted by the department of agriculture, and the local extension agent stopped by for a few minutes and they actually used some of my honey as part of a display up front - I didn't win a prize or anything.

    Anyway, it's informal, but seemed to pass muster. Tennessee is fairly relaxed about such things - especially for small time local producers. We aren't even required to collect or pay sales tax.

    BTW, when I was speculating on the saleability of smaller containers I meant to say that 8 oz (1/2 pint) squeeze bottles might sell for $5. Less out of pocket clearly drives the sale of smaller containers.

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