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Auction A Great Way To Buy, Sell Produce
Dave DeBuchananne is a big fan of produce auctions to sell his excess produce, but he also goes to them to buy what he needs. DeBuchananne sells asparagus and rhubarb at his local auction in Michigan but has made a hobby out of attending auctions held elsewhere.
“I’ve always been intrigued by the produce auctions that have sprung up across the country,” says DeBuchananne. “They can be found in much of the Midwest, as well as to the south and east. They are a great way for a small grower to access the wholesale market.”
DeBuchananne explains that while many produce auctions are operated by Amish or Mennonite communities, they are generally open to all. There is generally a commission fee on sales and often a transaction fee as well. Most require produce to be packed in standardized containers and meet cleanliness standards.
“Usually there is a pole building where you back up and unload your boxes or bins on a pallet,” says DeBuchananne. “After everything has been tagged and the auction starts, an auctioneer moves down the row of pallets. The auctioneer often decides if produce should be sold by a minimum number of packages or all at once.”
Payment usually comes within a few days or within the week, adds DeBuchananne.
“The produce markets are a great place for buyers to find quantities they can’t get at the farmer’s market, whether for resale or home canning,” says DeBuchananne.
Whether interested in selling or buying at an auction, DeBuchananne suggests starting with an internet search. Enter “produce auction” in the search field and it’ll likely bring up a map with markers for dozens of produce auctions. They stretch from Florida to central Wisconsin and from near Kansas City to Virginia and north to Bangor, N.Y. on the Canadian border.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Dave DeBuchananne, 10295 E. Muskrat Rd., Carson City, Mich. 48811 (debuchanne@cmsinter.net).

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