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[ How we used to sell garlic ] [ How we now sell garlic ] [ How our farmers' market works ] [ Why you should join us ] [ Rules and regulations of the farmers' market ]
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1. - If you know the name of the garlic you want to buy,
Order now for immediate shipment.
We now include an online garlic gardeners market where you buy direct
New! - Updated September 24, 2013 -
If you are an organic/natural grower of garlic and have some good size, well-grown, clean, healthy bulbs for sale,
please E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org and let's talk. We're always looking for top quality garlic growers.
Up until 2010 I had been buying from organic and sustainable growers at their regular bulk prices for these unusual varieties of garlic and selling at the retail level via the internet. This has worked well as the growers found a market they did not previously have and my having these gourmet garlics available has attracted lots of gardeners and epicures to my website. Business has been so good that we have maxxed out our storage/shipping facility. To continue doing what I have been doing would require building a larger facility, buying more furniture, computers, etc. and hiring additional employees. These are more complications than I want in my life at this time.
In 2010 I finally put together a garlic growers farmers market on my website so that small organic and sustainable growers could sell direct to the public at their prices. We started off with four growers and sales started off a little slow but built up since and more people became interested and five more growers signed signed up so that we had nine growers that first year. Except for one far northern grower who had a weather-related crop failure, all of our growers are either sold out or nearly sold out and all regard it to have been a success and are happy with it and have come back each year.
By bringing buyer and grower together, we have served a valuable function to both. Neither we nor any other small grower can satisfy the market needs for these garlics but by combining resources, we can help more buyers find their cherished garlics and more growers find a good market for their best garlic.
There are lots of good organic growers located in remote rural areas or other areas that do not have adequate local sales. We have provided such growers with a market they would not otherwise have and permitted them to increase their sales and incomes. We have served as a resource to the public seeking exotic gourmet garlics and have built up an impressive following.
If you are an organic/natural grower who can grow more than you can sell locally, and if your garlic meets our quality standards, E-Mail me, email@example.com and let's talk about doing some business together. We're looking for the best you have to offer because the people who buy the garlic expect the best, so send out quality garlic - your reputation rests on it and first impressions are very important.
This could result in a lot of future repeat sales nationwide from people who have enjoyed your garlic.
Our website has been getting an increasing number of visitors every year since 1997 and we currently getabout 20,000 page views a month in the off-season to 60,000 a month in the peak season. We get plenty of traffic but intend to increase it with a Google-based ad campaign during the peak season and have a bright future.
Our attractive and informative website serves to increase the desire of people to try the garlics they see and read about. By letting garlic lovers know that so many kinds exist and a little about them, we create an appetite for them and also provide people an opportunity to buy them.
By providing top quality garlic we cause our customers to want to buy from us again and to tell their friends about the interesting garlics they got - everyone wants to share a good thing to make it even better. You cannot generate this kind of excitement with second-rate garlic, only the best will do.
I share the attraction of my website with participating farmers, gardeners & growers who qualify and want to sell to a national audience by building them a webpage called a booth and putting pictures of the growers in our farmers market page and links to their booths so people can get to know them. I also put in additional links from my website to their booth at places in my website where the cultivars they grow are sold. This will send a lot of people to their booths seeking the exact garlics they grow.
Each grower's booth in our farmers market will sell direct to the general public with each grower setting their own prices, warranties and other customer relations, pretty much like any other farmers market in the country.
There are two kinds of memberships; permanent year around membership and temporary peak seasonal membership. All must have a booth and a PayPal account where they can process sales. You can think of your booth as your cash register on the internet.
Permanent members have a year around exposure so people will have all year long to get to know them and place orders for fall delivery. People prefer to buy from familiar faces. This will allow growers to communicate with people and increase their market appeal all year long.
Temporary seasonal memberships allow a grower to come in set up and sell garlic and when the season is over, close down and no more expense until next year. The following year their booth is restored and updated with current varieties and prices and put into operation again.
For additional fees we can provide separate ads (banners) within our website directing the public to their booth.
I expect to continue signing up new growers throughout 2013 and will likely have over 30 growers online by year's end and the more growers, the more business everyone does, especially if the growers are pround of their booths and send as many people to them as possible.
I am no longer a full size commercial grower of garlic but maintain only a small garden to preserve some rare cultivars to sell at the local farmers market or through the website. I do not want any grower to see me as a competitor but only as a facilitator and resource. For all practical purposes, Gourmet Garlic Gardens, no longer sells on our own website anymore. All new incoming sales go to the growers, not us.
I do not presently grow or sell any bulk garlic orders myself but reserve the right to do so in the future, with all bulk sales to going to the growers by having the customer buy direct from them using their credit cards in order to help make more sales for each grower. Customers will be urged to buy the ones they like direct from the grower at the grower's prices.
We charge a one-time setup charge of $150 plus $10 for every cultivar or type of item you want to sell through your booth. Annual membership dues are $200, if paid annually in one sum, $55 if paid quarterly or $20 if paid monthly. Membership fees are billed to the growers' credit/debit card automatically unless other arrangements are made.
Seasonal booths look pretty much the same as annual booths and are set up when a grower joins and stay online until the grower sells out of that cultivar or otherwise chooses to close the link in order to avoid the monthly fees for that link. The booths will stay online during the off-season but since there will be no links to them, nobody will know about them although the grower can still access them, as can anyone grower sends to them. Seasonal members may upgrade to annual anytime they wish.
Each grower will have their own booth and can process their own credit/debit card sales and keep all the money from their sales; we get paid based on the number of links we put in our website to their booth to refer customers looking for their kinds of garlic to their booth so they can buy from them. In short, we funnel traffic to their booth. That's what we get paid for doing.
Temporary seasonal one month links are $30/mo for each link. Permanent year-round members pay $25. Gourmet Garlic Gardens requires every grower who lists with us to have at least one link in the farmers market page. Those who wish to have greater visibility may purchase additional temporary or year-round links in other pages of the website such as pages describing varieties of garlic they have for sale or other pagesj.
Most growers will probably want to put in a permanent link on the farmers market page and temporary links during June, July, August, September and October among the cultivars they sell as those are our busiest months when the most sales are made. This is all subject to change without prior notice.
We will put together a link and place it in the Farmers Market page along with the pictures of all the other growers. We're promoting a "Know your Grower" theme here to capitalize on the modern trend for people to want real earth friendly food grown by real earth friendly people free of pesticides. This link will refer visitors directly to the grower’s booth so customers can see who the grower is and look at his or her gardens, depending whatever pictures you put in your booth. Most growers need to have a year round link here for advertising because even if you are out of garlic at the moment, the more people see your booth, the more likely they are to buy from you when you do have garlic available. Additional links of the same design can be placed in other locations on the website.
In addition to a year round link in the farmers market page I recommend at least temporary links during June, July, August, September and October in every cultivar growers sell in bulk and also in every sampler assortment they sell. Putting in a few temporary links maybe in assortments in March, April, May and June might also be a good idea since it only takes one average sale per month (average total sale amount with S&H is about $50) to more than pay for each link.
In case you are not clear on how my website works, people looking to buy garlic follow the varieties pages so the Artichoke, Silverskin, Rocambole, Porcelain and the other basic varieties pages are the main pathways people follow to find what they want and so are the sampler assortments page and the farmers market page as well as the specialty areas of scapes, braids, elephant garlic, etc. Each of these pathways can be seen as a cash flow and the more links you have in different cashflows, the more sales you will make. It is also important to have at least one and preferably several links in the Sampler Assortments page because about half our sales are sampler assortments and those are also the most profitable for most growers. Sampler assortments are a good place to sell smaller quantity varieties that you don't have enough of to sell in bulk as well as slightly smaller bulbs so people can get as many kinds of garlic in their sampler as possible.
We require all of our growers to be either Certified Organic (CO) or Certified Naturally Grown (CNG), which we accept as equal to CO even though their organic standards are higher than CO whose standards have been watered down since the original National Organic Program was put in place. CNG does not require the burdensome bureaucratic red tape nor the high fees of the CO program. To find out more about CNG:click here:
Our experience so far has been that the more kinds of garlic one has to sell the more sales one makes. If a person has other varieties to sell in addition to their primary garlic, a great many more sales will be made. We had one grower last year who had elephant garlic and one variety of gourmet garlic and his total garlic sales were around $2400 but he did sell out. Most of our growers have caught on to this and now offer several kinds and get more sales. I expect you will sell out if your garlic is truly premium quality garlic.
Some growers average $5,000 to $7,000 through us a year and others over $12,000 to $16,000, while sales of $20,000 to $50,000 are not out of the question for motivated, organized growers, largely dependent on the number of cultivars they have available and whether they want to send sampler assortments as well as bulk sales. As you can see, selling only one cultivar of garlic would greatly limit your sales potential. Still, that is a good place to start and if you decide to add more different kinds to your garden then your income potential for future years is greater and you can add them as you succeed in growing them. Every variety you have for sale on the internet creates an additional income stream. It's your money, do what you want to with it.
If you are an organic/natural grower who can grow more than you can sell locally, and if your garlic meets our quality standards, E-Mail me, firstname.lastname@example.org and let's talk about doing some business together. We're looking for the best you have to offer because the people who buy the garlic expect the best, so send us quality garlic - your reputation rests on it and first impressions are very important.
This could result in a lot of future repeat sales nationwide from people who have enjoyed your garlic.
The bottom line is that We can put in a boothpage for small market growers where there is a greater drawing power than they could generate on their own. It's a well known fact that even if you have an excellent website, it doesn't mean much if you can't attract customers to it among the millions of websites on the internet. We've been on the internet for over 15 years now and are very highly placed in the search engines; depending on what words were used in the search, we're usually on the first page or two on Google, Yahoo and MSN and have been for years. It's hard to get much higher but I'm working on it via Google adwords.
Those who have websites can tell you how hard and expensive it is to get to the top of the search engines and that it takes many thousands of dollars invested and even any high placement is usually only for a short time before anonymity sets in again after the payments stop. Gourmetgarlicgardens.com has been steadily at the top of all the major search engines for about a decade now. While I can't predict the future, I doubt that will be changing much any time soon. By partnering with us your booth can share our traffic and result in immediate sales.
Our website attracts a lot of people, many of whom are customers looking for garlic to buy and our number of hits continues to increase every year. Our website has had over three million pageviews since 1997. Every year we get between a quarter million and a half million pageviews and we anticipate this upward trend will continue and more people will find our website and tell their friends. Hundreds of other websites link to us and this continues to help keep us highly placed in the search engines.
We receive a lot of free publicity each year in newspaper and magazine stories by writers who have found our website to be attractive and uncommonly informative. In the past few years we have been recommended by the NY times, Dallas Morning News, San Francisco Chronicle among many others and Forbes, Organic Gardening, Mother Earth News and many other magazines. In 2009 the AP wrote a story about garlic and mentioned us favorably and sent it to every newspaper in the country. Also a video about us is now circulating all around the country on the RFD-TV channel and we're getting some response from that. Texas Gardener magazine published their second article about us and the garlic in their Sept/Oct. 2007 issue. I find our website being increasingly mentioned in books providing us with publicity for years to come. There will almost certainly be more.
Many thousands of people come to our website each year, some looking for information and some looking to buy garlic. We will send those looking to buy garlic directly to our market gardeners' booths.
I believe partnering with many small-scale market growers will help our website , the growers and the customers, all - everyone wins, no losers.
I recommend all growers have their own booth in our website farmers market that is their interface to the internet. Growers should use their booths as their cash register on the internet.
The monthly varietal links are only up as long as a grower has a supply of that variety to sell and are taken down when a grower is sold out and no fees are payable and will only be due and payable when growers have garlic to sell. At Gourmet Garlic Gardens discretion, the webpages themselves may be taken down or left up yearound so as to allow many potential customers to become familiar with the growers and enhance sales prospects for the coming season.
The small scale growers I have met generally have had a cooperative attitude toward other growers and bought and sold among themselves as well as the public. Most seemed to be consciencious growers and there has been an emphasis on organics and general sustainability. Together we will be able to find ways to serve the steadily increasing Gourmet Garlic marketplace and live long and prosper with it.
If you have been looking for a niche market of some kind where you could make some extra money via the internet, this may be your best chance if you are consciencious enough to grow superior garlic.
There always have to be some rules, regulations and qualifications to any enterprise or it gets out of hand in a hurry. There's one main rule and a bunch of lesser ones. Here are a few for starters and we'll adjust as we go:
The main rule is that this my website, my farmers market and my rules and they are subject to rapid
change as I deal with the market conditions as has happened more than once. Growers who cannot tolerate this
need to sell their garlic somewhere else but none of the present growers want to leave. This is not a democracy
but a place where qualified independent growers can sell their premium produce and get the prices it deserves.
1. All garlic must be grown in North America; that is, in Mexico, the United States of America or Canada - no other countries. I may later start an international garlic market but this first effort is for small scale sustainable North American growers only.
2. All garlic must be grown employing sustainable earth-friendly, people-friendly methodology and without any use of manufactured chemical or refined petroleum products or commercial granular fertilizers containing any toxic substances.
3. All garlic offered to the public through the farmers market must be of high quality and free of pests and pathogens and guaranteed for 30 days by the grower. If any garlic turns out bad within 30 days after receipt by customer, grower must replace the garlic or refund the price of the garlic that went bad.
4. Gourmet Garlic Gardens reserves the right to reject any applicant for any reason it sees fit. We have worked too hard for too long to let anyone with lesser standards destroy our great reputation and muddy the waters for all the good, consciencious market growers out there.
5. All cultivars offered for sale by a grower must actually be the cultivars claimed.
6. This farmers market is for small scale market gardeners who personally work with and pay close attention to their crop only, We want only those who take pride in their work and whose garlic shows it.
7. Mass commercial conventional growers of garlic are not eligible to participate; this market is only for small business market gardeners who work their own fields.
8. Gourmet Garlic Gardens reserves the right to discipline or cancel the links to the booth of any grower who is the subject of excessive customer complaints.
9. All growers must send me samples of their garlic so I may be sure it meets our standards.
More as they come to me.
One of my chief concerns is garlic disease. Unfortunately, there are a few different garlic diseases and pests running around in this country and they're all over the place. I cannot in good conscience support or condone selling such garlic to the public knowing that they will plant it and infect their gardens with garlic diseases and/or pests. I do my best to educate growers at all levels on what pathogens and pests are and how to recognize them and suggest ways to deal with them sustainably.
While I can't guarantee anyone else's garlic to be absolutely disease free planting stock, I want to do everything I can to see that it is, anyway. Sometimes garlic that looks, smells and feels good is diseased and the observer is fooled. But at least we're making a sincere effort to help growers learn how to avoid bad garlic. Ultimately, it is up to each grower to practice high plant health standards and be responsible for their own garlic.
If small growers want sell small amounts of garlic via mail order, it is in their best interest to send only
good, disease/pest-free garlic. If the garlic is good, the customer may want to buy more, if some of it is
bad, they almost certainly won't. The small growers best advertisment is his/her garlic. People will
naturally flock to great garlic; lousy garlic repels them - and should. Garlic is too good of a thing to grow poorly.
One thing is for sure - I have created a website that can sell more garlic than I can grow and I wish to share
this resource with buyers and growers alike. It will also make many more varieties available than I can grow
in my geographic location.
Another sure thing is that I have a vested interest in seeing every grower who is chosen for the farmers market succeed. I expect to make a fair profit from this but I think every grower will make a lot more from me than I will from each of them and will open up new markets that will provide them with returning customers for years to come. I think our customers will be better served and get better prices as well.More to come soon.
Everything is subject to change without notice, even this notice.
- The information below is from gourmetgarlicgardens.com -
Important notes for credit/debit card users:
This Farmers market is like your local farmers market. Each grower handles their own financial transactions.
Prices and availability of garlic subject to change without notice.
How Our Garlics are Grown
All the garlic for sale in our online farmers market was grown without the use of petrochemical pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers; only natural and non-toxic fertilizers and pest control methods are used.
Some of our growers are Certified Organic and some are Certified Naturally Grown, which we regard as equal to Certified Organic in every meaningful way but without all the bureaucratic entanglements. All our farmers market growers grow organically and some are Certified Organic but not all want to be certified Organic because of the paperwork and reporting requirements and are among the best available sources of sustainable/ organic Garlic and they become Certified Naturally Grown, where the regulation comes from their fellow members rather than a federal bureacracy.
We do not allow growers who use synthetic petroleum-based fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides or herbicides to participate in our farmers market.
All garlic in our farmers market is grown in North America, no others allowed.
Four ways to buy from us:
If you know the name of the garlic you want to buy you can look it up in an alphabetical listing and click on its name...or
If you don't know the name of a good garlic, look one up in a listing by taste - mild, medium or strong and click on its name...or
Go to our farmers market and select a grower you feel good about and buy direct from them...or
Call me at (325) 348-3049
Order now for shipment in late summer/early fall 2013.
This Farmers market is like your local farmers market.
New - The Complete Book of Garlic is the best, most comprehensive book yet about garlic.
The Complete Book of Garlic
by Ted Jordan Meredith
The Classic Commercial Garlic Growers Guide
Growing Great Garlic
by Ron Engeland
A Miscellany of Garlic
is the newest book about garlic and it is well-written and reads easy as the author has a warm friendly writing style that makes it fun to read.
by Trina Clickner
If you don't see what you want, E-Mail email@example.com
Basic Ordering Information
On any page of this website where the lists of garlic cultivars are displayed you can click on the name of any garlic and get a picture and/or a detailed description of that variety and some buttons you can click on to buy direct from different growers. Just decide how many pounds of which varieties you want from each grower and use your credit card to buy on line.
We make no guarantees or warranties of any kind whatsoever, expressed or implied, with respect to our garlic or the garlic sold by any growers who sell their garlic through our website. We do not guarantee or warrant the fitness, suitability or usability of our garlic for any particular purpose. We state only that the varieties we and the growers who sell through our website ship are to the best of our knowledge, the varieties we say they are. Any and all liability from all causes is limited to a refund of a customer's payment for the garlic in question.
We and the growers who sell through our website take great care to grow, harvest, cure and store our garlic properly and we will not knowingly ship garlic that is damaged, defective or diseased in any way we can see, feel or smell. We pack the garlic so as to minimize any probability of damage in shipment. If; however, you receive garlic that goes bad within 30 days, please call or e-mail the grower immediately stating the problem and return the defective garlic to the grower via Priority US Mail and the grower will either replace it at no additional charge, or refund your money for the defective garlic. It is our desire to provide our customers with the best garlic we can produce and enhance our reputation for excellence - but we cannot be held responsible for what happens after the garlic leaves our care.
All products are for sale to United States addresses only. We are not familiar with import-export laws and do not wish to engage in foreign trade at this time.
More TO COME...
Garlic Books, Garlic Accessories and Gardening Tools, Etc.
- Pictures of our Fabulous spring wildflowers some years. -
Bob Phillips' Texas Country Reporter did a story on me and the garlic for their long running TV program -
click here to see the 6:28 video on youtube:
Garlicmeister, a self-inflicted title for amusement only.
Photo courtesy of Bill Yeates.
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