What is a market garden?

A market garden can be described as a “micro farm”, normally on a small piece of land where fruits, vegetables and flowers are grown and sold to the public. Most market gardens grow and supply fresh seasonal produce for local markets and directly to the public.

“A ​small ​farm where ​fruit and ​vegetables are ​grown for ​selling to the ​public.”

Market gardens are typically family businesses or small cooperatives

Work is usually done by the market gardener, his or her family and/or by members of the cooperative. Well Grown Market Garden is a cooperative and we all contribute in some way to the daily operations. Some larger market gardens make use of temporary workers to pick fruit and perform other tasks. Market gardeners sell their produce at farmer’s markets, small local grocery stores and restaurants. A  shop or stall on one’s land or nearby could also be used to sell directly to customers.

Consumers are attracted to this type of farming because they typically use traditional growing methods (organic). It is important to remember that unless the market garden clearly states its products are organic, they might not be.

Hard physical work

Market gardening is hard work. Many market gardeners are unable to make a living and rely on incomes from some members of the family who work outside. However, it is possible to make a living with a small plot of land. It depends on how well the owner can access the market combined with the right mix of produce to grow. If you are thinking of becoming a market gardener, you first need to calculate how much it is going to cost to get started, and what your earning potential is once your small farm is established. Initially, you will probably have to hang on to another job. Ideally, you should make financial independence one of the key components of your planning.

Some people aim to make their entire livelihood on the farm, while others will view it as a sideline. It is important to remember that if it is a sideline, farming is very hard work.

“will you have the energy to farm and keep your other job going?”