A new crop of green market moppers are hitting the market, with the new entrants coming from different industries.
Key points:In the past, it was difficult to get fresh vegetables from the garden for sale on the online market, and growers had to go to local marketsThe new entrants, which include a dairy farmer, are also bringing in fresh produce to marketThere are some similarities in the types of vegetables being sold, with some products being sold for $0.60 to $0,05 per kilogram in one category and $0 to $2.30 per kilo in anotherThe new competitors include a farmer in New Zealand, who has been raising dairy goats for six years, and a farmer from the US who is raising organic produce and has been selling his produce on Amazon.com for about $5 a kilogram.RTE Marketplace has spoken to the farmers about their experience.
Ruth Thompson, a farmer who has a herd of about 80 goats and sells vegetables on Amazon for $5, said she started her farm two years ago to help other farmers in the New Zealand market.
The farmer said there was always competition in the market for fresh vegetables, but that now she is having to find other buyers.
“We have a lot of young farmers who have just started farming,” she said.
“They don’t know what they want to do or how they want the market to develop.”
Ms Thompson said her goats would have to go through the same process as any other farm and she needed to raise enough money to buy the seeds.
“It’s tough for the farmer to be the one who pays the rent, but they also don’t have a choice because the market is going to grow,” she added.
Ms Thompson is the founder of Goat House Farms in New Plymouth.
The farmer is also selling vegetables on the farm to Amazon.co.nz customers for about a dollar a kilo.
She said the farmer was working towards his goal of selling more organic produce.
“What I do is take organic produce, we’re not growing any of it in our barn, but we’re selling it locally,” she explained.
The Green Market has long been a source of inspiration for farmers around the world.
It was originally a community driven initiative in New York City that allowed farmers to share their produce with each other and local businesses, and was an annual event that brought together more than 100 people to sell and collect fresh vegetables.
In the last six years the Green Market is a huge market for farmers in several countries around the globe.
In India, where it is the official market, the market has become a popular source of fresh vegetables and fresh herbs for local foodies.
But the market in New South Wales is the biggest seller in the state and it is attracting the interest of a growing number of entrepreneurs.
“The Green market is growing, and the farmers who grow it are getting really passionate about it,” Ms Thompson said.
The New Zealand farmer said she had to put in a lot more effort to get the goats into her market.
“I’ve got to work really hard to get them through the gate, but it’s also been a bit of a struggle getting them into the market,” she admitted.
Ms Dickson said she also had to get her goats to market because there was no local market to sell them on.
“This is a big deal for us because the goats are our livelihoods, so they really need to be here,” she told RTE Marketplace.
“At the end of the day, we have to do this for ourselves.”
It’s a challenging time for farmers and she said she was disappointed that there wasn’t a market to buy their produce.
Ms Firth said her market was one of the only places to buy fresh vegetables in New England, and she wanted to help the local farmers.
“If you’re a farmer and you want to get your vegetables into New Zealand you have to buy from New Zealand,” she stressed.
“You have to pay for it, you have no choice.”
She said she wanted New Zealand to have a better quality of produce.
Ricky Hickey, who is a Green Market participant in New Jersey, said the market was the most popular for fresh produce, with farmers being able to sell their produce for a good price.
“There’s a lot to look forward to with the market as it grows, it’s going to be bigger and better and we’re going to get some really good fresh produce in the future,” he said.