Rather than competing with each other for prices, sellers in the collective would agree to a minimum price list. “Farmers’ markets are great, but you’re dealing with weather,” she said. “You’re also dealing with other businesses that are very similar to yours.”
The wholesale customers will be area florists and “restaurants who believe in fresh product grown right here in Ohio,” she said. “Restaurants could pick up wholesale goods and place an order through the collective and pick up there, as well as shopping the market to see what else would be seasonally available that week. The same with fresh flowers. “We’ve got a lot of people backing us, and interested,” she said. “We have 30 farmers from around the area who are excited to have a place to sell their flowers and produce.”
Staton has a flower farm near Hueston Woods State Park. She and husband Josh hope to launch the collective in May. She’s hosting a pitch party at 6 p.m. April 22, at Two Little Buds to tell others about the project. People who are interested can email her at twolittlebuds@gmailcom. The plan is to open the market to wholesale buyers one day a week. The market also would be open at least one other day of the week to the public.
Explore‘This is going to change the world’: Hamilton continues to lead indoor growing revolution with huge new facility ”Local farmers can grow flowers that are far too delicate to be transported from somewhere far across the country, she said. That’s a similar theory behind the business operation of Hamilton-based indoor-farming company 80 Acres Farms.
She hopes a permanent home can be brick building at 514 Maple Ave. downtown that used to house a city electric substation that Hamilton is offering to sell cheaply to someone who can develop it. The building is about a block southeast of the McDonald’s restaurant at High Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard. She said she worked “very hard with the city” to use the third floor of the former Sohngen Malting Co. property at South C and Franklin streets, but the costs of bringing the building to code were too high. The building is about 160 years old, she said.
Source www.journal-news.com This building at 514 Maple Ave., which used to be a Hamilton electric substation, could become home to a farmer’s collective or some other business. The city of Hamilton owns it now and is looking to sell it cheaply to someone who can develop it. MIKE RUTLDEDGE/STAFF
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