Authors: Ashley Kritzstein, Daniel Herger
Sunday, September 17 at 8:15 a.m. we met and walked over to the Flagstaff Farmers Market. It was a sunny 60 degrees and we volunteered with another student in our class, Eshed.
Once there we were instructed on selling procedures and how to handle the money. We sold kale, squash, green beans, flowers and peppers from the Colton Community Garden alongside two other backyard growers. One was a little boy who sold flowers and various vegetables. The other was a woman who sold tomatoes and basil.
Here are pictures of some of the products us and the other growers were selling at our booth.
Throughout the two hour period we were only able to sell three products, all of which were bags of green beans. The profit for the two hours was $4.50 for the museum garden, however the other growers were making sales within that time period.
More pictures of the booth and an example of some of the beautiful vegetables that were for sale.
We learned that you have to put yourself out there to create a welcoming stand that draws customers in. We tried standing on the outside of the stand, greeting people, and wishing them good morning but we still were not as successful as some of the more well known vendors.
After our shift it was interesting to see all the local produce at other stands and get to experience the Flagstaff community coming together. For example, there was fresh breads, jams, and home made foods. We bough tamales and horchata to support the local economy.
Here are pictures of us enjoying the friendly Flagstaff community.
In conclusion, we both had an amazing experience at the Flagstaff Farmers Market and will definitely be back soon to either volunteer or possibly just shop around and get more immersed in the community.