How can I sell my corn crop for a profit?
I planted three thousand corn seeds in May. Now I have something like 2,000 corn plants (conservative estimate), which will probably all mature sometime next week. The variety I planted only gets one ear per stalk.
I paid about $30 USD for the seed, and something like $35 for fertilizer. I’ve also gone through several tanks of gas going to and from the garden, but I’m not as concerned about that, because most of the trips I would have taken anyway.
I have seen corn selling at $4/dozen, and some at $5/dozen. So theoretically, if I were able to sell all of it at this price, I could make a little bit of money.
But, that’s assuming that I’m able to sell all of it on a small scale. If I were to sell the bulk of it to one buyer, which would probably be possible, I would get much less for it. If possible, I want to sell it in smaller quantities.
Also, since I planted it all at the same time, and it is all developing uniformly, it will all be ripe at the same time. Corn does not last very long. I may only have a window of a few days to get rid of all of it.
So, Fluther, how do you suggest I get rid of this corn?
Currently I’m looking into local farmer’s markets, but it seems like it would be quite a hassle signing up for just a one time thing.
As far as I can tell from my town’s code, garage sales are perfectly legal, and do not require any kind of permit. Food items are tax-free in New Jersey. I’m thinking of putting a stand in front of my house. Can anyone foresee any problems arising from that? My dad’s uncle used to sell fresh produce in front of his home, and at some point a neighbor complained, and the town wanted him to stop. Eventually they let him alone because he had been doing it his whole life, but I could see someone complaining around here. People can be real jerks in the suburbs about this kind of thing.
The corn is growing in New York, and I live in New Jersey. Is there anything I should be aware of regarding the movement of produce over state lines? Honestly, 2,000 ears of corn is such a trivial amount, and I doubt anyone would care (especially considering that if I count gas money expenditures, I’m losing money no matter what,) but I just want to make sure I’m not breaking the law, stupid as the law may be.
Is it wrong to sell my corn for significantly less than other farmers? Let’s say I were to sell at a farmer’s market, and there were two other people selling corn, both for $5/doz. Would I be breaking a farmer’s code of ethics if I undercut them and charged $2/doz.?
What I can’t sell, I’m going to blanch and keep in the freezer, and what doesn’t fit in the freezer I’m going to bring down to the food bank. I’m really just hoping to cover my basic costs so I’m not losing too much money overall.
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