I found the red and white checked, air-filled buffet on Amazon for about $12. It made for a nice display of the produce. It sat on a folding table that my wife's grandfather used to sell class rings to students across North Dakota in the 1960's. The family tradition of sales continues!
We sold onions, lettuce, kale, basil, and sage. Sometimes we had bunches of muir, red and/or green lettuce and sometime we put mixed leaf lettuce in bags for sale. The Market doubles the value of customers' food stamps, so we saw some folks who are in need getting some good deals on fresh food.
We finished the first four troughs shortly after my last post at the end of August. We now have about two and a half of them filled with growing food.
We also set up the second sprouting table in our sprouting room and plumbed it into the automatic watering system. We can now sprout 32 trays at once!
I learned just this week that cilantro needs to be stressed so that it will produce the aromatic oils that give it the distinctive flavor. I brought in a fan today to blow on it for a few hours a day. We'll see if that helps.
We're also experimenting with Brussels sprouts. They are growing well so far. We need to figure out how to stake them up on the rafts, since they grow into 2'-3' tall stalks with the "sprouts" that you harvest growing along the stalk.
We have a few regular customers who order from the web site every week or two: www.peakcitygardens.com. We are making the rounds to local restaurants and grocers who advertise that they sell/use local foods. We bring them a few samples of the produce and invite them to buy from us. A few have expressed high interest in becoming customers. We hope to get them to be regular buyers!
We've also posted a listing for Peak City Gardens in a few directories for local food, such as www.localharvest.org, the Local Food app (localmotiveco.com/local-food-cs), and the local resource guide for the Colorado Springs chapter of the Westin A Price Foundation.
Question for my readers in the Colorado Springs area: Would you order produce from us if we delivered it to you? Would you pay $5 for delivery? Post a comment or send me an e-mail. Thanks.