Look at me! This weekend I had my first market stall selling fresh produce from my garden and some goodies from Kookaburra Organics who I work for. Last week I spent every day checking over my vegetables with the weather conditions of extreme rain, I lost a lot of food before even getting to the market. I guess that is the life of a farmer.
This past week we have had 130mm of rain. With my garden waterlogged and the veggies absorbing unnecessary water I had a few explosions in the garden. My small capsicums absorbed all the extra water then went soft and then fell to bits in my garden all in the matter of 24 hours. A few of my cucumbers doubled in size over night which was good while my zucchinis had a fit and went to mush – ever single one of them. My eggplants, okra, lettuces all survived while I am still yet to go over my pumpkin patch to see if any have gone into melt down.
Cucumbers from my garden and a couple of Gary’s golden nugget pumpkins. They are great size to feed two people.
Half of my tomatoes survived the rain, though I am expecting to pull them out soon as they look like they are not very happy. The bushes have been in the ground since August last year and they seem to be holding up ok. I have been growing roma tomatoes – the seem to be sturdy enough. My next lot of heirloom tomatoes have just started flowering so that is good news. My tomatoes were very popular on the weekend – sold out before 10am.
Yep, I am gas-bagging away to a customer. It’s a Queensland saying – it means I am talking a lot. I love interacting with people and finding out what produce they are after for the week. I am amazed that not many people know what some of the vegetables were on my table. Like the tatsoi (Asian leafy green), okra and radishes.
Overall the market went well, I met some more of my fellow Hunchyites (its our nick-name for the people who live in our suburb), met some great customers and paid off all the efforts of setting up a stall. I look forward to next month were I should start turning a profit.
Another great thing was that I got to talk to a neighbour who lives two doors down and I am going to grow vegetables for the market stall in their garden too. I am slowly running out of space at my place and while I wait for the rain to stop to allow someone to plow my yard, I am wasting valuable time.
Next month I will be outside the hall in my 3×3 marquee with a full site to myself. The market was condensed to fit everyone in the hall due to the weather conditions on Saturday. I am looking forward to decking out my stall and showing you all next month.
After doing some research I am planning on selling, broccoli, kale, zucchini, beans, silverbeet, okra, beetroot, eggplant and tomatoes for the next one. If I am lucky I will get some snow peas started. Can you suggest any other vegetables that you buy at the local markets that I should plant.
Thanks Lena for taking some photos of my stall for me!