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Selling at farmer's markets... in the heat of summer?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lana Jan 7, 2011. 27 Replies

Hello!  I am new on the list and enjoying reading all the posts on the forum.  I'm trying to put together a plan to start selling my chocolate in a small way (since my pottery business is full time)…Continue

 

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Lana replied to Tracy Bradford's discussion Selling at farmer's markets... in the heat of summer?
"Cheebs, that clever chocolatier, posted a photo of a display case he made using a thermoelectric unit from a wine cooler.  I just stumbled upon this video showing how to make your own portable fridge.  It's a great idea…"
Jan 7, 2011
Tracy Bradford replied to Malena Lopez-Maggi's discussion Tips for clearing a chocolate-clogged drain?
"I wonder if putting in one of these would help in the future? http://www.bigceramicstore.com/supplies/gleco-trap.htm Sorry I can't offer any better suggestions for you. Tracy"
Jun 8, 2010
Wendy Buckner replied to Tracy Bradford's discussion Selling at farmer's markets... in the heat of summer?
"Hi llana! Craigslist is a website used for posting classifieds and forums... Not sure it is used much in Israel. http://telaviv.craigslist.org/ I use it to look for used equipment in other cities in America... It is great for posting things for…"
May 22, 2010
Ilana replied to Tracy Bradford's discussion Selling at farmer's markets... in the heat of summer?
"Can you explain to me what is Craigslist-sorry!"
May 21, 2010
Chris replied to Tracy Bradford's discussion Selling at farmer's markets... in the heat of summer?
"Thermoelectric coolers are all over Craigslist. I bought two last summer (one in May, one was in July) for $30-$35/piece"
May 20, 2010
Jackie Jones replied to Tracy Bradford's discussion Selling at farmer's markets... in the heat of summer?
"I am new in the business and ready to start selling, but need chocolate cabinets to place in retail areas. Could I obtain specs to give to my electrical engineering son? I need 2 cabinets now! For retail locations - one a zoo, and another a large…"
May 19, 2010
cheebs replied to Tracy Bradford's discussion Selling at farmer's markets... in the heat of summer?
"With the unit pictured above, condensation from the cooling fins on the cold (inside) section, amounts to around 1/2 cup daily. Here we have an average RH of around 70%, and I've measured a very respectable 50-55% inside the display. The…"
May 6, 2010
Clay Gordon replied to Tracy Bradford's discussion Selling at farmer's markets... in the heat of summer?
"I am not sure if the thermoelectric coolers dehumidify, though I seriously doubt it (there are easy ways to solve that problem, though). For the most part what you're looking to do is to get things cool, not cold. The temperature you are…"
May 6, 2010
Lana replied to Tracy Bradford's discussion Selling at farmer's markets... in the heat of summer?
"So just to clarify, these thermoelectric coolers actually dehumidify the cooled air? Sounds perfect! My science brain is sputtering right now so let me ask another question... I'm assuming that there will still be the issue of condensation when…"
May 6, 2010
Kerry replied to Tracy Bradford's discussion Selling at farmer's markets... in the heat of summer?
"Koolatron manufactures about 30 miles from me - not sure if you still can, but you used to be able to go to their outlet and pick up seconds for just a few bucks. I see them occasionally at thrift stores too."
May 6, 2010
Clay Gordon replied to Tracy Bradford's discussion Selling at farmer's markets... in the heat of summer?
"Search for "portable thermoelectric cooler" on Google. There are a number of different brands but "Koolatron" seems to be very highly rated. You can get a good-sized one for under $200 that runs off 12VDC - plugs straight into…"
May 6, 2010
Tracy Bradford replied to Tracy Bradford's discussion Selling at farmer's markets... in the heat of summer?
"Hey Wendy and Cheebs, thanks for the tips you both gave. I'm sorry to have replied so slowly but I've been traveling. Wendy, those are some great ideas for keeping the money coming in during the summer. Frozen hot chocolate?…"
May 5, 2010
Wendy Buckner replied to Tracy Bradford's discussion Selling at farmer's markets... in the heat of summer?
"Good idea. My gears are turning. I will have to think about this for a while. Seems like we could really make something perfect for pretty cheap. I love to "MacGyver" new tools. My husband always says that we are in the wrong…"
Apr 30, 2010
cheebs replied to Tracy Bradford's discussion Selling at farmer's markets... in the heat of summer?
"Well the cabinet was made by a professional cabinetmaker, who also had the curved glass made. I did all the electrics and lighting. It wasn't cheap either, with total cost coming in around $1000. Still very good compared to commercial units…"
Apr 30, 2010
Wendy Buckner replied to Tracy Bradford's discussion Selling at farmer's markets... in the heat of summer?
"Hey Cheebs! That is really nice! You built this? You could sell these like crazy! I have had to find the most inexpensive ways to do farmer's markets... I tell everyone that visits our booth to come to our shop...for the finer things that we…"
Apr 30, 2010
cheebs replied to Tracy Bradford's discussion Selling at farmer's markets... in the heat of summer?
"Something no one has suggested so far are thermoelectric coolers. They come in a variety of sizes, and unlike ice cooling, these units actually dehumidify, instead of adding moisture to the air in the cooler. I built a 12-volt powered,…"
Apr 30, 2010

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Dark
Most memorable chocolate experience:
Gathering large amounts of chocolate bars from around the globe and having a tasting party with my friends.
My favorite chocolate is:
Valrhona

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