[gardeners] Selling flowers at the market

Linda Baranowski-Smith (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Tue, 14 Sep 1999 23:37:10 -0400

Hi All!

Some of you may know already but for those who don't, my GP and I grow
specialty cut flowers, lettuce, sweet basil, and paste tomatoes to sell at
market.  Thought I'd share with y'all something we wrote about flower
prices.  The editor of Greenhouse Product News thought it was amusing and
published it in the August '99 issue.

For most of Blue Clay Plantation's customers, flower bunches will be priced
at $4.00 to $5.00 with the following exceptions...

1.  For physicians the price will be $104.00.  However, for those having
Family Flower Plan coverage, the "usual and customary charge" will apply
and the price will be $5.00.  We will submit the proper claim forms to
Family Flower Plan.

2.  For lawyers the price will be negotiated.  Our fee for negotiation is
$120.00 plus the final cost of the flowers.

3.  For insurance sales people, we will send you a quote.

4.  For auto mechanics, the price per bunch will be $48.00 with an
additional 5% for growing supplies.  Each bunch will probably be lacking at
least one flower which, when we find it on the computer field, will be
ordered, harvested, and available within a week.

5.  For used car sales people, our flowers come with a warranty which
guarantees the flowers will be alive when you reach your car, providing
your car is within 5 minutes or 0.1 mile from the market.  We have an
extended warranty available for an additional fee... please ask the

6.  For any employee of ODOT, our bunches will contain only orange flowers
and come with an orange container at no additional fee.  Please form a line
and keep to the right of the market stall.  Expect delays.

7.  For City of Toledo employees, all bunches come with free plans for a
new ball park, new ice rink, new volleyball arena, and a multipurpose
facility in which almost anyone can do anything.  [local humor]

8.  For residents of Oregon (OH), each bunch comes with a small scale model
of a 900' TV tower, complete with strobe lights.  [local humor]

9.  For farmers the cost will be $2.00.  We can sell our products at a loss too!

Linda in NW Ohio near Toledo/Lake Erie, USDA Zone 5