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Sweet potatoes
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Mark    Posted 02-14-2004 at 11:40:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Any body direct market sweet potatoes? Thinking of direct marketing 5-10 acres? Any ideas about getting costermers? I herd it could be vary profitable over wholesale?

Fern(Mi)    Posted 02-14-2004 at 16:07:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Direct marketing our truck garden produce started drying up in the early 50's. Grocers were having to buy their produce "organized" vendors or they got nothing the rest of the year. The the next to last areas we sold to were in the bedroom comunity stores until they were forced out by the larger chain store with the added improvement of local roads and automobiles.
In the end when the folks finally got fed up smaller and smaller profit margens we were trucking everything into the farm markets and selling for less than wholesale to the wholesalers (these guys were part of the organized vendoring system).
Small producers like my folks forced out, those who could spent some big money buying out bottom land farms. Then sold off the houses saving only a useful outbuilding here and there for immediate use. These guys got into vegtables big time developing all sorts of machines to plant, hill, fertilize, and harvest there crops useing some of those outbuildings for packing and shipping depots.
Good luck.

Slo    Posted 02-14-2004 at 14:03:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
You might go to some of the steak houses in your area and see if you can get in the door there. Around here, most of the "chain" steak places offered bake sweet potatoes as a side item. Also check with the local grocery stores to see if they purchase local vegetables for resale. Just a guess, but I'd think that sweet potatoes will be a little harder to market than other vegetables, such as white or red potatoes, tomatoes, sweet corn, etc.

Might also look at setting up a little farmers stand, and offering samples of sweet potato foods at a specified time, such as baked sweet potato, sweet potato french fries, chips, etc.

Fawteen - Hey Mark    Posted 02-14-2004 at 12:49:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Couldn't resist having a little fun, but seriously...

5-10 acres might be a bit much unless you have an established customer base. I'm thinking there wouldn't be a lot of demand from restaurants and such like there is for other fresh veggies.

Perhaps a farmer's market-type outlet, or a Participating Co-op (I think that's what they're called) where folks pay up front to help you get the crop in, and then reap the benefits when they're harvested.

T'was me, I think I'd start small (say an acre) and advertise my butt off and see what happened. If you grow them, and folks come, you can always plant more the next year.

Word of mouth is the best possible form of advertising. Might take you a couple of years to get a good client base going, but folks tend to be very loyal when they find a good source for something they like.

Dan    Posted 02-14-2004 at 15:34:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
14, make sure someone doesn't scallop you for starting this.

Les    Posted 02-14-2004 at 11:59:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
I yam interested in being your customer.

Centaur Nut    Posted 02-14-2004 at 12:17:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
The idea apeels to me, too!

Les    Posted 02-14-2004 at 12:27:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
I wonder if I could get tuber the price of one?

Fawteen    Posted 02-14-2004 at 12:35:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
They allow punfests here???

Eye'll sprout a few then, spud I better not get in hot water...

Les    Posted 02-14-2004 at 14:18:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
You Kennebec on it!

Alias    Posted 02-14-2004 at 12:40:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ya bet yer sweet patootie.

Fawteen    Posted 02-14-2004 at 12:50:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Idaho bunch more, Yukon bet on that!

Dieselrider    Posted 02-14-2004 at 13:12:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
All you candy yams hold it down or you'll wake the tater tots.

toolman    Posted 02-14-2004 at 14:56:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
ya,ll right chipper here today i see

Centaur Nut    Posted 02-14-2004 at 13:12:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good thing they allow punfests, or we'd a been french-fried!;)

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