I've Gone Semi-Pro Part 2:Five Weeks Later
I've been selling bagels and breads at my local Farmer's Market for five weeks now. I started on a cold day where it actually had snow flurries coming down, despite the sparse crowd my sales were good.
Now, on week 5 of the Market, I've increased the amount that I bake and expanded my bagel flavor range. Just yesterday I sold 8 boule loaves (white, wheat and rye), and 7 dozen bagels (plain, sesame seed, poppy seed, Asiago, garlic onion, basil & chives, cinnamon raisin). I've also come up with new flavors including the basil & chives and a favorite, cranberry orange (which I overbaked for the market, darn it! I used them to feed family and friends).
Now that the weather is warming up and there are actual greens and veggies for sale at the Farmer's Market, the attendance keeps increasing and sales continue to grow. I've accumulated regular customers, including another bread baking booth that sends her daughter over for a half dozen bagels every weekend.
My original bagel research included browsing the results on this site, so thanks to everyone to the part you played in my continuing success.