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Managing multiple markets and weddings

publication date: Apr 1, 2014
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bootsEvery Saturday, May through October, we have all hands on deck to handle three markets and sometimes multiple weddings. Much planning goes into every weekend, making sure we have the staff, vehicles, and time to do it all.
Since we do three markets on Saturdays, most staff members are required to work, but we do rotate and try to give everyone some time off.  We understand that nobody wants to work every weekend through the whole summer—we were young once. With two people at each of our three markets, that means six people and three vehicles need to be ready to go.  If we have weddings to set up on Saturday, that adds another layer of planning as well as more staff.  Last year, we also had someone at the farm Saturday mornings to harvest lilies and sunflowers, water the seedlings, and do a few other chores. It was really nice to have that done when we got home from market and it also allowed us to skip harvest most Sundays.

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