What is the Best Way to Sell Fruits and Vegetables at the Farmers Market?

Is there anyone out there who doesn’t get excited just thinking about sampling all the fresh fruits, vegetables, tasty ready-to-eat foods, crafts, and more at your local farmers market?  The majority of Markets are open during this time of the year. Have you ever wondered what does the Department of Agriculture require of me in order to be a vendor at my local farmers market? What kind of scale do I need? Will someone test my scale? Is it ok to sell my produce by the head, bunch or count? These are just a few of the questions that your local Measurement Standards Division can assist you with. Below is some information from the state of Oregon.

SCALE REQUIREMENTS
What type of devices can be used commercially?
Oregon regulations require all commercially used weighing equipment to have an active National Type Evaluation Program (NTEP) Certificate of Conformance.

How can I find out which scales have an active NTEP certificate?
You can contact the scale company or check the NTEP database online.

 

Commodity Method of Sale
Apples Weight, count, or dry measure in units of 1 peck, 1/2 bushel, or 1 bushel
Apricots Weight
Artichokes Weight or count
Asparagus Weight or bunch
Avocados Count
Bananas Weight
Beans Weight or dry measure in units of 1 peck, 1/2 bushel, or 1 bushel
Beets Weight or bunch
Berries (all) Weight or dry measure in units of 1/2 dry pint, 1 dry pint, or 1 dry quart
Broccoli Weight or bunch
Brussel sprouts Weight
Cabbage Weight or count
Cantaloupes Weight or count
Carrots Weight or bunch
Cauliflower Weight or bunch
Celery Weight or count
Cherries Weight or dry measure in units of 1/2 dry pint, 1 dry pint, or 1 dry quart
Coconuts Weight or count
Corn on the cob Count
Cranberries Weight or dry measure in units of 1/2 dry pint, 1 dry pint, or 1 dry quart
Cucumbers Weight or count
Currants Weight or dry measure in units of 1/2 dry pint, 1 dry pint, or 1 dry quart
Dates Weight
Eggplant Weight or count
Escarole Weight or count
Figs Weight
Garlic Weight or count
Grapefruits Weight or count
Grapes Weight
Greens (all) Weight
Kale Weight
Kohlrabi Weight
Leeks Weight
Lemons Weight or count
Lettuce Weight or count
Limes Weight or count
Mangoes Weight or count
Melons (whole) Weight or count
Melons (cut or pieces) Weight
Mushrooms Weight or dry measure in units of 1/2 dry pint, 1 dry pint, or 1 dry quart
Nectarines Weight or count
Okra Weight
Onions (spring or green) Weight or bunch
Onions (dry) Weight
Oranges Weight or count
Papaya Weight or count
Parsley Weight or bunch
Parsnips Weight
Peaches Weight, count, or dry measure in units of 1 peck, 1/2 bushel, or 1 bushel
Pears Weight, count, or dry measure in units of 1 peck, 1/2 bushel, or 1 bushel
Peas Weight
Peppers Weight or count
Persimmons Weight or count
Plums Weight or dry measure in units of 1 peck, 1/2 bushel, or 1 bushel
Pineapples Weight or count
Pomegranates Weight or count
Potatoes (Irish or sweet) Weight
Prunes Weight
Pumpkins Weight or count
Radishes Weight or count
Rhubarb Weight
Rutabagas Weight
Spinach Weight or bunch
Tangerines Weight or count
Tomatoes Weight, count, or dry measure in units of 1 peck, 1/2 bushel, or 1 bushel
Tomatoes (cherry) Weight or dry measure in units of 1/2 dry pint, 1 dry pint, or 1 dry quart
Turnips Weight or bunch


We hope this article above helps you not only figure out what scale you need for selling at the farmers market but also what are some of the recommended ways (weight, count, bunch etc..) to sell your produce and vegetables. Of course we’re biased on this site because we think weight is the best choice and it probably is, in most cases with a few exceptions.

NEW PRODUCT!! Detecto DM15 Scale With 240 Ounce Capacity

This is no joke! The Detecto DM15 is the ideal choice for retail frozen yogurt, ice cream, coffee beans, nuts, and candy stores. The Detecto DM15 price computing scale features a unique 240 ounce capacity by 0.1 ounce accuracy (15 lb x 0.005 lb). The DM15 scale offers up to 99 easy-to-add PLUs for fast reference (14 direct quick keys and 85 indirect PLUs) and displays Weight, Unit Price, and Total Price on the front and rear backlit LCDs (up to six 0.5-in/13-mm high digits) for both the operator and customer to view simultaneously. The retail price computing scale offers a dual power source of rechargeable battery pack and 110/120VAC 50/60 Hz adapter (included). Auto Shut-off, Sleep, and Backlight Off modes extend the retail scale’s battery life. The NTEP legal-for-trade scale’s Pre-Pack key saves time by retaining the Unit Price and Tare for repetitive price computing, making the operator’s job even faster. Features adjustable feet and bubble level.

The particulars you may be interested in are as follows. The scale model number is DM15. The capacity is 240 oz or 15 lb. Readability is 0.1 oz or 0.005 lbs. The display is 0.5-in/13-mm high, 7-segment LCD digits with backlight. The digits are listed as 6 digits each for Weight, Unit Price, and Total Price. Of course everyone wants to know the power options which are 12 VDC 1.0A rechargeable battery pack (included) or AC adapter 110/120 VAC 50/60 Hz (included). The battery operation is listed as 120 working hours of continuous use without backlight turned on / 60 hours with backlight turned on. If you utilize the memory functions they are PLU: Up to 99 Price Look Ups (14 direct quick keys and 85 indirect). The tare capability is 100% of full scale capacity. You will want to use the scale in an environment with an operating temperature of 14 to 104 degrees F. The weighing platform is stainless steel. Finally, the scale is NTEP approved Class III with certificate of conformance number 13-058. Continue reading

NEW PRODUCT! Ohaus Aviator 7000 Retail Scale

Over the years the Ohaus line of retail price computing scales has been a pretty solid choice for customers looking for a reliable, high quality scale. Of course the predecessor of the Ohaus RE15US and RE30US was the old XRT series scales. And of course before that we had the Tiger II scale. And finally before that it was the 8433 scale. All of those were nice scales that were fairly simple to use and they just worked. In fact, if you look closely, you’ll still see an old 8433 still in action at some small farmers market. Recently, we received word that Ohaus was going to be upgrading their retail scale lineup and replacing the RE and RA series.  Below is a summary of the new scale and a link on where to purchase the new scale.

The Ohaus Aviator 7000 retail scale has been conceived to offer optimum quality versus price in order to guarantee the robustness, operating speed and accuracy you need, whatever your retail environment. The Light-Touch layer keyboard is setting standards thanks to its fast operation, easy cleaning and cost efficiency, while the large 4-line LCD including separate tare line makes daily tasks simple. For secure and easy transportation the Aviator 7000 includes practical design features such as Ergo grips and integrated cable storage. In addition it offers POS protocol support. Overall the Aviator 7000 offers you a complete package of features rarely seen on an entry level price-computing scale – ensuring that it stands out from the crowd.

Key Features and Benefits of the Aviator 7000
Two Model Options and Several Weighing Ranges
Aviator® 7000 is available as a compact or tower model. Both models are available in the following dual weighing ranges: 15 x 0.005 lb / 30 x 0.01 lb and 30 x 0.01 lb / 60 x 0.02 lb. Continue reading

Low Cost Retail Scales

The title of this post says it all doesn’t it? Aren’t we all looking for low cost products?  It doesn’t have to be scales it can be anything from computers to software to sports equipment or watches. We all want to find great products at the lowest price possible.

There is nothing wrong with this idea. I do this all the time and in fact many times I will buy a product simply because it got good reviews and it is a few bucks cheaper than a similar product. But I was reminded this week that you have to be careful when you are dealing with cheap items (mostly from China).  Many times there is a reason why an item is cheaper.

In our business we deal with trade approved digital scales every day. Quite often we are asked for used retail scales. Of course they can be called other things like second hand or refurbished but basically this is code for hey, I’m looking for a super low cost set of digital scales, whatcha got?  Continue reading

What is the best farmers market scale?

As the title suggests this article is going to focus on one topic. What is the best farmers market scale? This can be a tough choice since there are many good choices in the market place. Often the same brands and models rise to the top year after year.

I decided to do some research and look at past sales and how reliable certain scales have been over the past year. After doing that, the conclusion that I have come to is simple. If you are looking for a durable product that is going to last you for many years, the ideal Continue reading

Label Printing Scales for sale

The CL5000 Label Printing Scale has the functions you need at an affordable price. Includes CL-Works software package. Use in supermarkets, specialty stores, deli’s and more! For a limited time, earn a $50 gift card for each label printing scale purchased. Contact Central Carolina Scale for more info.

Spring time is almost here

We mentioned this back in January and we want to emphasize it one more time. This month is a great time to take out your old faithful price computing scale and give it a good work out. Plug it in and make sure it powers up and charges if it has a battery. It might even be a good idea to order a spare battery to prepare for the spring. Make Continue reading

Coffee, tea, chocolate, candy, bakery, vegetable scales

Retail business is fast changing, highly competitive, and needs outstanding solutions. Ohaus Retail products were developed by experienced Retail experts who understand your needs. Ohaus Retail product portfolio offers a complete range of products for every. The products provide the best price performance ratio in the market, ready to support businesses in many different segments:

– Vegetable and grocery stores
– Farmer’s markets
– Grocery stores
– Chocolate and Candy shops
– Coffee and tea specialty shops (coffee, tea, confectionery)
– Bakery and pastry shops
– In store self-service locations
– Convenience stores
– Contract food service

Ohaus RE retail price computing scales  offer a special rugged construction, are ideal for portable use and advanced Continue reading

Label Printing Ingredient Retail Scale

CAS LP-1000N Label Printing Scale

CAS LP-1000N Label Printing Scale

Take CAS’s most popular label printing retail scale, the LP-1000 series, make some improvements like allowing 4000 Price Lookups (PLU’s) and you have the new CAS LP-1000N and LP-1000NP (pole model) label printing scales. These CAS label printing retail scales are widely considered the best scale on the market today in its class. The LP1000N and LP1000NP are a feature rich, easy to use label printing scale backed by a leader in the industry, CAS corp.

With its ability to use the most popular label formats, print ingredients, includes software for your PC, the CAS LP-1000N will be perfect for delis, convenience stores, meat counter, bakery, grocery stores and more. Choice of 5 different labels. These CAS LP-1000N label printing retail price computing scales are available from Central Carolina Scale out of Sanford, NC.

Cost effective label printing scale

Retail Price Computing Scale

Retail Price Computing Scale

CAS Corporation model S-2000Jr. is a general purpose price computing scale for direct sale of commodities in stores such as: supermarkets, delicatessens and groceries. The Model S2000 Jr. price computing scale is available in several different configurations, they include three multi-interval capacities and two display configurations. This scale has an eternal lb/kg conversion switch. The scale has dual markings and the lb/kg switch changes enunciators for proper indications. Tare weight may be entered using: platter tare, key board tare and tare programmed with a PLU.

The scale features a choice of LCD or VFD Displays, Stainless Steel Platter, 1/2lb And 1/4lb Keys where allowed, 3 Direct PLU’s & 199 Indirect PLU’s and choice of Optional Pole Display. The S2000JR also includes an RS-232C serial port for interfacing to the DLP-50 label printer.
RS-232C Interface.

When it comes to displays for the CAS S2000JR scale, VFD is green digits with black background. LCD is black digits with gray background. Battery power is available with LCD models but is NOT available with VFD models. Max capacities include 15 lb, 30 lb or 60 lb in either VFD or Continue reading