I am a big fan of E-books, and admit I have quite a few. I have purchased some great ones, and some not so great ones. I am disappointed when I purchase one that looks great on the description but does follow through in the book.
I imagine that is why I usually keep my purchase limit to $5.00 just in case I don’t receive what I had imagined. I look at the length, and expect to get at least 20-25 pages for my purchase. I don’t expect to get information that I would in a full size book, but I do expect to come away with a sense that I have learned some useful information, and have gotten my moneys worth.
I happened on Annie Coombe’s book while writing my own for a “Book Bundle” group I am involved in. Dirt to Dollars: A Guide to Selling at Farmer’s Markets
I have plans this year for expanding my garden to have enough vegetables to sell at a local Farmer’s Markets, and to provide a CSA box along with a friend’s garden. The length looked right, 39 pages, and the price was perfect. $3.68 in American dollars, $4.99 Canadian.
I made my purchase and proceeded to download it. Some of my ebooks are purchased on Amazon, so they stay on my Kindle, but others I can either save as a download, or print to read.
I was not disappointed with this E-book. Annie shares her successes and mistakes she has encountered while growing for her local farmer’s market. Tips such as leaving the green tops on carrots when you take them for sale. I agreed that having the green tops on makes me think they are fresher, picked straight from the garden! And she does pick fresh from the garden before taking them to market, taking pride in her presentation, and providing the best product for her customers.
Value added products which I never would have thought of included selling her raspberry canes at market. Small bundles of herbs, tied with a pretty ribbon, catch your customers eye, and create an attractive table. Small bags of dried apples are a quick item for someone to snack on while they shop the market.
Annie gardens in Canada, so she can’t provide some of the vegetables that I can such as tomatoes, she does share that when providing any vegetable, try to include a variety of colors, and heirloom varieties. Mixed lettuces, arugula, radishes, varied colors of peppers add a great visual display, and would look great in a CSA box.
I took lots of notes, and have some great ideas to share with my CSA partner. I can’t wait for the gardening season to start, and appreciate the tips and information that I found in this book.
I did not receive any compensation for writing this review. I just like to share a great deal when I see one, and want to support the small farmer out there. I highly recommend the book.
Annie blogs about her garden and life at www.countrylivinginacariboovalley.com You can purchase the book there.