Download Community-Table-Guidelines-2016. We are now trying to have everyone fill out the Consigner application. (Look at the forms under Information for Vendors.) That used to be just for growers looking to consign with a vendor other than the Community Table. Download the check in/check out form for Community Tables in two formats: consignment_short or one per sheet. Now you can print your very own Community Table labels with plenty of room to identify your farm or garden and its city of origin, plus the product name and its price.
Are you a gardener whose production has exceeded your family’s consumption and preservation capacity? Or are you a beginning farmer but you’re not quite ready to sell on your own at the farmers’ market or cannot sell on site for other reasons? The Community Tables at Corvallis-Albany Farmers’ Markets can help in these situations and more. Sometimes it’s as simple as one wildly productive fruit tree at the home of two eager children hoping to make some spending money. Operating on a consignment basis, the Community Tables are an exception to the farmers’ market direct sales model. Other market rules still apply, and the products tend to grown very close to the market sites. The Community Tables add to the diversity of the markets. Many customers say they enjoy the serendipity of finding unusual crops, like paw paws, at the ever-changing Community Table. For growers, the Community Tables are a cost-effective way to sell small quantities that would not be enough to justify stall fees and membership. At 25 percent of gross sales, the risk is extremely low. There is less paperwork and scheduling, and growers are free to do other things during the market. Community Table operators enjoy helping other growers learn direct marketing. They provide practical tips on marketing techniques such as signs, display and pricing.