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Subject: Pricing on Chilhuacle Negro peppers

Any farmers out there have a fair price point, or even any price point, for the rare Chilhuacle Negro pepper? It's not grown much outside of one valley in Oaxaca, and is in decline commercially. This chili is the cornerstone of authentic Oaxacan mole negro. I was tasked with the challenge of growing it locally in the Sacramento area by a chef I supply with niche ingredients. Since it is so rare, I can't find any good market research for pricing. Hoping someone out there might have some extra little bits of info to help round out my research. (fyi, online {not local or organic}, the dried chilis go for $40 per 8 oz)

Thanks so much!

In Topics Marketing & Sales

In General FarmsReach community, Mendocino Farmers Guild, Yolo Farmers Guild, Nevada County Guild

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11/30/17

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  |  Feral Heart Farm  |  Sunol, CA commented

We grew chilhuacle negro this year. What a nice pepper! Where did you get seed?

12/01/17 9:48 AM

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Subject: Wholesale and Brokers

Hello Everyone,

Over the past few years almost all my marketing has been done directly through me to CSA customers and particular local restaurants. We are in the process of expanding the farm and looking towards having excess in the future much beyond what our local CSA and current restaurants are consuming.

So today my main questions are, 1. Does anyone have any experience with any local/ semi-local distributors or wholesalers in Northern California? 2. Good or Bad experiences? please elaborate. 3. Do they pay fair prices? 4. Who if anyone would you recommend? 5. What kind of food safety and insurance hurdles did you have to deal with to land these larger accounts?

I know we have a lot of experience on the boards here, and I am sure I am not the only one with the issue of growing more food and trying to figure out how to best sell it outside of their local markets without selling out to the big man and making stupidly low returns?

Thanks in advance,

-Kevin Nowell

In Topics Washing, Packing & Packaging, Marketing & Sales, Food Safety, Trucks, Delivery & Logistics, Business & Financial Planning

In General FarmsReach community, Mendocino Farmers Guild, Yolo Farmers Guild, California FarmLink, Cooperation Among Farmers, Nevada County Guild

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02/13/15

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  |  Humble Bee Hill Farms  |  Shingle Springs, CA commented

Does anyone have any experience with any other particular wholesalers or brokers? Anyone who is better or worse or any red flags for companies to avoid? I guess I am looking for some specifics so I can make some calls out to these different buyers and get some input.

Thanks everyone for your input, it has all been very helpful.

02/16/15 4:36 PM

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Subject: Organic Wholesale Vegetable Nursery

Hello FarmsReach,

I wanted to let everyone know that we are starting an Organic Wholesale Vegetable Nursery business this winter. We are located in El Dorado County in the foothills. I am getting into this endeavor because when I needed a source for organic vegetable transplants they were not around for purchase. I feel I am not the only farmer who has this problem, so I am going to do my best and fill the demand in the area.

We are putting up our greenhouse right now and have our nursery license on the way and our organic certifier coming our way as soon as infrastructure is up and running.

We are trying to take orders/contracts for the space that we have allocated in the greenhouse. Our goal is to contract out and fill our 1000 tray capacity by selling vegetable transplants to local organic farms. If we are not contracted out for all of our trays by mid January then our next step is to work with our

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In Topics Seed & Planting, Marketing & Sales, Growing Structures: Greenhouses, Hoop Houses, etc., Business & Financial Planning

In General FarmsReach community, Mendocino Farmers Guild, Yolo Farmers Guild, Cooperation Among Farmers, Nevada County Guild

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10/22/14
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  |  P.J. Dunn Working Redworms  |  Galt, CA commented

Hi Kevin!

Very nice... glad to hear about this most recent endeavor. Sounds like you've been busy since we talked last year. I'm sure it was a busy season for you with your farm. This is exactly what Farms Reach and the organic/natural garden movement needs. People like you who have a commitment to finding a need and filling it with huge amounts of energy! As a young farmer you are doing what we need to sustain the planet responsibly. Congratulations and best wishes for success! PS-It's a good idea to add your phone # to your post for contact info; yeah, I know, you will be on the phone more and more.. but that will be a good thing. Great job, Kevin.

10/22/14 10:00 AM

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Subject: what makes a farm stand work?

This month, my buddy Arron from Tabletop Farm installed a farm stand in downtown Pt. Reyes Station and I've lately been passing by quite a few new farm stands--Worker Bee just outside Freestone, Little Wing Farm in Valley Ford, and many, many more. Does anyone have tips on how to make a farm stand successful? What's worked? What hasn't worked? And any ideas on how we can collectively promote farm stands in general without saturating the market?

In Topics Marketing & Sales

In General FarmsReach community, Mendocino Farmers Guild, North Coast Farmers Guild: Sebastopol, Sonoma Valley Farmers Guild, Yolo Farmers Guild, Nevada County Guild, Contra Costa Farmers Guild

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09/19/14

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  |  Stone Meal Farm  |  Scotts Valley, CA commented

09/22/14 11:45 AM

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As you may have seen in the FarmsReach blog, The Farmers Guild is striking out as a new non-profit org, and we need everyone's help to keep building community one Guild at a time! We've launched a Barnraiser campaign to help us kick start the organization. Please take a second to check out the video. For the price of a beer you can help make sure that this resource keeps going! There are also lots of fun rewards for donating at a higher levels.

https://www.barnraiser.us/projects/the-farmers-guild-building-a-community-of-free-farmers-one-guild-at-a-time

In Topics Soil Fertility Management, Seed & Planting, Marketing & Sales, Growing Structures: Greenhouses, Hoop Houses, etc., Funding Opportunities, Farmland Conservation, Sales & Estate Planning, Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Weather & Climate Change, News & Events, Anything Goes

In General FarmsReach community, Mendocino Farmers Guild, North Coast Farmers Guild: Sebastopol, Sonoma Valley Farmers Guild, Yolo Farmers Guild, California FarmLink, Central Coast Farmers, CA Women, Food and Agriculture Network, Nevada County Guild, Guild Raisers

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07/09/14
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  |  The Farmers Guild  |  San Francisco, CA commented

Check out The Farmers Guild in Civil Eats today! http://civileats.com/2014/07/21/grower-social-the-farmers-guild/

07/21/14 9:27 AM

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Mobile Refrigerated Walk-In Unit for sale.

I had this custom built for our farm just this past summer. My family and I are moving over seas, so we hope that another farmer can get the most out of this awesome implement.

Asking $10,500/OBO. I'm open to all offers.

If your interested, call (707) 670-0010 or email at farmocopia@yahoo.com.

Thank You.

And if anyone can help guide me to where I can post on the classifieds, I greatly appreciate it.

In Topics Washing, Packing & Packaging, Marketing & Sales, Equipment

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Comment 0
01/29/14

A sustainable local food system is built upon sustainable farms. Winter is a good time to put your pencil to the paper and plan for a successful growing season ahead! Please see our flier attached about West Company's FREE farm business consulting services and visit our website for more details.

https://sites.google.com/a/westcompany.org/csa-and-farm/

Check out West Company's upcoming Value-Added Food Production Workshops in January! Diversify your farm income and offer the community delicious creations made by you!

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In Topics Soil Fertility Management, Seed & Planting, Trees, Vines & Planting, Pest & Disease Management, Water & Irrigation, Harvesting, Washing, Packing & Packaging, Marketing & Sales, Equipment

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Comment 0
12/10/13, updated

Who said there's no such thing as a Free Lunch?!


Stop by Saucy Restaurant after the Ukiah Farmers Market on Saturday, October 26th to celebrate the end of the summer season with your fellow farmers. Farmers eat for free! Noon to 3pm, upstairs. 108 West Standley Street in Ukiah.

Donations of pizza toppings greatly appreciated! Call Susan Lightfoot to line up pickup. (707)357-0091.

Courtesy of the Farm2Fork project of NCO Community Action and Saucy Restaurant.

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10/15/13
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