Produce auctions remain important selling method for small-scale

06/07/2013 12:55:00 PM
Jim Offner

During the growing season, the Farmers Produce Auction starts at 10 or 11 a.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Local product goes on the block beginning in April and winding up in early November.

There’s enough product to buy by the truckload, in many cases, Mullet said.

Retail chains are known to frequent the auction grounds, Mullet said.

He cited Wooster, Ohio-based Buehler’s Fresh Foods, which specializes in Ohio-grown produce, as a regular at the auction. Local independent stores and restaurants, as well as farm markets, show up.

The auction is an important outlet for smaller-scale growers, Mullet said. He said his largest participating growers generally have no more than 30-40 acres.

“We might have a guy that brings sweet corn or melons, and they might do 100 acres, but he doesn’t have everything year after year,” he said.

The product quality is as good as can be found anywhere else, Mullet said.

“Our buyers say it can’t be compared. If it’s not sold that same morning, people will sell it the next day,” Mullet said.


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