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I sell my tomatoes wholesale to a Farm to Table farmers market which in turn resells them and does not allow outside vendors for the produce section of the market. I regularly volunteer to help promote this market and push sales. Last weekend, we had an event which was deemed Tomato mania and had a tasting & vote table. This was highly successful and we probably sold 200-300# of tomatoes at an average cost of $4.00 per pound that day. Here are some pictures:





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It was a lot of fun and we had a huge crowd. The results were favorite:

Mr. Stripey
German Pink
Pink Berkley Tie Dye
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That looks great, Urban! Once again, flowers and tomatoes are very eye-catching together!
I'm glad to hear it was such a success.
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Did all those tomatoes come from you?
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What beauty. All those tomatoes displayed so perfectly. A tasting is such a great
selling tool.
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Did all those tomatoes come from you?
No, the owner has a variety of sources including growing some himself.
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Nice pics. What sort of regulatory hoops did you have to jump through? Illinois just created a separate license for a person who gives out food samples.
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NY has no regulations that I know of. All farmer's markets give samples. Even our local
grocery gives samples all over the store....cheese, fruit, berries, olive oils, etc.
Weekends it is a meal.
Might be a toothpick rule as they are always used and available.

Costco uses the small mini cupcake papers. Good thing they sample as so much of the
jarred/frozen processed stuff is crap.
That giant jar of three bean salad must have 3 cups of sugar in it....
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I don't think anyone gives tomato samples at my market. That's part of what I like about cherries and small fruit - it's easy to just give an intact one to a customer. If they bite into it, that's their business, not mine. But if I cut into a tomato and give out a piece of one, it triggers a lot of food handling rules like requirements for a hand washing station and a separate person to only handle samples. I think as of this year, that person has to have a state license as well.
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NY has no regulations that I know of. All farmer's markets give samples. Even our local
grocery gives samples all over the store....cheese, fruit, berries, olive oils, etc.
Weekends it is a meal.
Might be a toothpick rule as they are always used and available.

Costco uses the small mini cupcake papers. Good thing they sample as so much of the
jarred/frozen processed stuff is crap.
That giant jar of three bean salad must have 3 cups of sugar in it....
It is the same here as far as I know. There are numerous food vendors at this market and I would guess they would be required to have a license.
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