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post #1 of 19
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I was just accepted into my local farmers market!  I will be selling cupcakes, cookies, and dessert bars.


This market is very well attended (about 4,000 a Saturday) and located in an affluent area.


I'm trying to plan how much to bring every week.  I heard somewhere you should bring about 10% of how many attendees will be there ... so I'm thinking around 400 items.  Does anyone have any advice for me on this?




post #2 of 19

not really any advise but wow how cool for you


sounds like a tremendous opportunity


well yes i thought of something after all


be sure you take care of sewlo and bring enough water for you to drink


and toss some 'fast food' in the car--like a nice baggie full of cashews or pecans or trail mix


let me/us know how it goes for you


i hope you do great with this

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one baker's 'never ever do' is the next baker's 'i swear by this'
post #3 of 19

Congrats and yes, 10% is the minimum I would take. Good luck!

post #4 of 19

I do quite a few markets or similar events, the first time I always take 10% if it's under 10k estimated guests, 5% if over 10K. That has worked really well for me.

I don't do markets that have direct competition, if there is someone else selling the same products as you, obviously you won't sell as many.

400 is actually quite a lot to sell, I wouldn't take any more than that. Then you can judge how many to take the next week by how you do the first time.


Not sure how your market works, but I finally got into a really nice one just outside of Seattle, and there the longer you attend, the better placement you get.

Closer to the entrance means more sales, so I am always adjusting how many I take.


If the rules allow you to do some sort of prize draw, those always draw people in.

post #5 of 19
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Thank you!


As far as I know, there will be other booths selling baked goods, but no other booths selling cupcakes or cookies. One will be a gluten free booth, one sells these amazing fruit bars, others sell bread and pies. So I shouldn't have too much competition in the cupcake arena. 


I'm not exactly sure where my booth will be yet. I should be meeting with the director sometime soon to familiarize myself with where I will be located during the market. All I know is I will be on the north side, but that doesn't mean much to me right now! :)


I will start off with 10% and see how it goes from there. I'm sure it will take me a few Saturdays to get an idea of how much to make. The market runs mid May until the beginning of October, so I will have lots of practice! Thanks again for all the advice! Also, I'll be sure to pack some water and snacks for myself ... Good thinking!!!

post #6 of 19
Congrats that is awesome. I am thinking about going to a farmer's market in my area. Keep us posted and of any lessons learned! :-) I'll do the same....ours doesn't start till end of May! Good luck!

"When you look at a cupcake, you've got to smile." ~ Anne Byrn


"When you look at a cupcake, you've got to smile." ~ Anne Byrn

post #7 of 19
If the market is open 8 hours, to sell 400 items you will have to average 50 sales every hour or about 1 sale every minute.
post #8 of 19
Congrats and good luck! I'm thinking of doing the same thing in my town but it's a much smaller market. I was happy to see some good advice from others.

I was wondering if anyone has any advice on selling cupcakes at an outdoor market in the summer. Isn't the heat a concern? What can you do?
post #9 of 19

How did it go at the market?

post #10 of 19
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My market doesn't start until May 18 and runs every Saturday to October 6. I still have 30 days to plan and prep!
post #11 of 19

awesome well done you! Let us know how you get on

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post #12 of 19

Thanks for the update. Let us know how it goes!

post #13 of 19



Ive just signed up to have a cupcake stall in August with aprox 10000 people attending over the weekend - I have no idea how many cupcakes to bake either and was also going for 10%,


Let us know how It goes,


Good luck :)


Sophie x

post #14 of 19
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I will definitely keep everyone updated! 22 days until the first market -- it's getting close!

post #15 of 19
Congratulations Sewlo!
I'm working on getting in to my local market too. It starts soon - I can't wait to get the final word on the details!
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