Getting Ready for the Farmer's Market

Hi everyone!

Well, if you read this blog semi regularly you know that my hubby and I have our own herb business. And this is the major busy time for us. We have had our herbs planted for months in the greenhouse (we start our herbs from seed) and now it is time to get things ready to sell at the markets.

Troy and I spent hours the other day in the greenhouse getting things ready. I have been collecting different thrifted items to use for tabletop herb gardens/planters. So, I spent time putting together these different planters. I thought you may want to see some of them.

Now, keep in mind, I just planted these. So, they are not cleaned up yet and I won't be selling them for a least a week. Why wait? I want the planters to look full and not just planted.

Okay, come on in and join me in the greenhouse!

Farmers market 2011 003These are two little wood tea boxes. I thought they look cute with a little spearmint plant in them. I really tried to do a lot of different sizes and looks of the mini herb gardens. When you are a seller, you want to offer your customers different price points. So, these will be the least expensive ones. **SOLD!

Farmers market 2011 004A large ceramic golf ball planter filled with Basil and Oregano. You might see these planters on Teleflora ads on TV right now for Father's Day. I found this at a thrift store. **SOLD!

Farmers market 2011 005A pretty vintage hobnail milk glass dish with Lemon Balm.

Farmers market 2011 006I chose a beautiful white flowering Basil plant for this wicker watering can that I got at The Christmas Tree Shops. I have another one of these to make up yet. **SOLD!

Farmers market 2011 007I just recently used this old enamel coffee pot on a tablescape I posted. Although I bought it for this purpose, I figured why not use it once before I planted it. I added Marjoram, Oregano, Thyme. **SOLD!

Farmers market 2011 008This will be sold as a set. The vintage green enamelware coffee pot and matching cup (I also have the lid that I will include). I planted Lemon balm in the coffee pot and Spearmint in the cup. the two flavors work great together for a tea or in brewed tea.  **SOLD!

Farmers market 2011 009This is a huge cookie jar (I will include the lid) that I planted with Basil, Thyme and Oregano.

Farmers market 2011 012This little strawberry planter is planted with creeping Thyme and it can be hung.

Farmers market 2011 010This cute tall ceramic jar has Sweet Basil planted (also will include the lid).

We got about 25 more planted containers. I have about 30 more containers to use for various  mini gardens. If they all sell really good (keeping fingers crossed!) I will be racing around every weekend hitting every yard sale I see! LOL Yup, that is actually part of my real life job!

**I wrote this post early last week. So, we have been at a couple of Markets now. So far, so good! Yay! I have made up several other planters that have sold as well. And yes, I am going through some of my fun thrifted finds from over the winter to see what else I can use for planters. I haven’t had time to go to yard sales! Now, did you ever think you would hear those words come out of my mouth? LOL**

I also have other projects for our business going on right now. I will share them at a later time. And several new food items are being added by us. I am excited to see how these go. Casa Chaos is busy, busy, busy these days!

Do you want to take a little tour around the greenhouse?

Let's check out some of our herbs. Now keep in mind this is only ONE area that we have our herbs for our business planted. We have the bulk of our mint here at home, a garden at my parents and a garden plot at a local church. Yes, we are running around like crazy people every day!

Okay, let's look around the greenhouse.

Farmers market 2011 013Potting station.

Farmers market 2011 016


Farmers market 2011 017  More Herbs

Farmers market 2011 018You guessed it, more herbs

Farmers market 2011 020Hummmm, could it be even more herbs? :)

Farmers market 2011 021This is part of the hydroponic gardens. Look at that gorgeous Basil!

Farmers market 2011 022Beautiful different lettuce

Farmers market 2011 023Farmers market 2011 025See those big trees in the background? Those are tomato plants that were grown in the hydroponic gardens! Yes, I have been eating fresh tomatoes for awhile now. Yummo!

Well, I hope you enjoyed peeking into my world as of late. Have a fantastic day!

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  1. Diann those little planters are so cute with the Herbs in them. I know you will sell those fast (as you already have). Where is the green house? It is wonderful. Your plants look so much healthier then the one's I see here in the stores. Wish I lived closer. hugs, Linda

  2. The little tea boxes are cute and of course I love the milk glass! Ok, now I'm totally jealous... I want a tomato tree too (or at least a true ripe tomato:@)

  3. Hi Diann Your herbs look amazing. Wish I lived nearby so I could buy some. xo,

  4. Your herbs look wonderful and healthy! Loved the tour around your greenhouse too!


  5. Diane you have a green thumb my friend!!

  6. WOW, Diann. You are the Herb Queen! I am so impressed! GREAT JOB! The containers are soooo cool, too. You are doing a really great job. Thanks for sharing. Susan

  7. Wow Diann! That is some greenhouse, and those are some beautiful herbs you're growing. I am SO jealous of your tomato tree and that you are eating fresh tomatoes! I love all of your clever containers for your herbs. Soooo cute! You and your husband are so smart. laurie

  8. WOW! You have an awesome set up for the business. Love the way you planted the herbs...

  9. Oh my goodness, that is quite the set up for planting and watering etc! You really must be going nuts with the potting and marketing all going on at the same time! The little little vintage planters that you potted up are soooooo cute! LOVE those!! What a great idea! I think you will continue to do well with those. Now I know what I should do with my cookie jar with the broken lid... I'll put some herbs in it!

  10. Diann,
    I did not know that you had this great business.
    I love how many different planters you used!! So cute and what great ideas!!

    I wish you luck in your business!!


  11. Your special planters are just the perfect touch for all your amazing herbs. Thank you for the tour. It was fascinating.

  12. You really have been busy and I love what you've done with all the planters. It's a great way to reuse old things make something new out of it. I wish you much success.

  13. Hi Diann,
    I'm so impressed! Living where you live and able to accomplish that! Awesome! Praying you do well this season!


  14. Your herbs are looking great, Diann! What a greenhouse! I like them potted in decorative vases. Good luck in your business! ...Christine

  15. Loved the tour and all your containers. I would want to buy something potted up in those cute containers. Good marketing!!!I bet it makes your whole booth look so interesting. Good Luck!


  16. Your herbs sure do look wonderful and so healthy.
    Good luck at the farmers market.
    Things keep going here our fm may be real late.
    Have a nice day

  17. Diann, when do you sleep? I am so impressed with all that you do! Your planters are so cute. You truly have a green thumb.I know they will all sell.

  18. Beautiful looking herbs and cute containers...I wish you much success in your business.

  19. You have quite the ingenious set up in your greenhouse! I know it's not likely, but do you keep this functional all year round? I know some people who over winter their tender plants in a greenhouse during winter. I was wondering if you do the same.

    Please stop by for a visit in my garden at The Gardening Life

  20. this is wonderful! I hope you sold lots! your container choices are all very pretty and creative...that would have gotten me for sure!
    so..thanks for linking in this week. it is nice to finally get around to say hi and thanks to all the gardeners who patiently grow their flowers and who flaunt with me each week!


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