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Hi. How do your market associations work out the logistics dealing with
buy-ins... in this scenario: a vendor sells buy-ins (all local) to
round out her stand. Another vendor's crop just comes in and he begins
to sell but feels that the first vendor is now crowding his business.
If all agree to stop selling buy-ins when crops come in, how does the
association go about coordinating such a thing? Does vendor #2 call
vendor #1 and say, "don't sell, my crop's in", causing vendor #1
anguish because she's just bought a ton of produce to sell....? Can
anyone suggest a fair way to reconcile this, without stopping buy-ins
altogether?

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Hi. At Lakes Region we communicate a lot. We only have buyins if we know we are lacking that produce or there isn't enough supply. It is common courtesy at our market that if you grow it, you get priority. There is a lot of emailing too. What does help is we have a listing that all vendors are supposed to fill out at the beginning of the season and it lists all crops and the weeks of the market. The vendor is to mark what they will have available when. It doesn't always work out that specific but it is helpful.
similar at Belgrade Lakes- see my comment in the Farmers' Market main discussion board. We are not as organized with the crops/weeks list though!

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