WISCONSIN’S PRODUCE CO-OP AUCTIONS Freshness starts right here! LOCATIONS: For Buying Local Cashton Montello W e s E a s t t Montello E a s Cashton t What’s a produce auction? A produce auction is an actual auction where local farmers can market their wares. Produce auctions have been taking place for many years in Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and other Southern states. There are 3 in Wisconsin. We are proud to work with the local farmers. “Local” is a farm within 100 miles of the auction house. In Wisconsin 2/3 of our “growers” are Amish and 1/3 are English. We have high standards in quality. Only the freshest produce will be accepted. Most produce has been picked the morning of the auction. The auctions are run 2-3 times per week. Between 8:30a.m. and 9:30a.m., the growers bring their produce in and place it on pallets. Interested buyers look every thing over closely. They want only the best to take back to their restaurant, grocery store or to resell at their farm market. At 10:00a.m. the auction begins! This is an actual auction. The highest bidder wins! Auctions start in April with bedding plants, vegetable plants and lots of flowers, both annuals and perennials. We have everything from asparagus to zucchini. Need quantity? We have whatever you need (or have to sell), both large and small quantities. You will meet many wonderful people, both buyers and growers. It’s almost like a second family! What is a produce auction to a buyer? • Purchase large quantities of local grown fresh produce. • Able to select from a large variety of fresh produce grown from a multitude of venders. • Price determined at auction • Selling time 1-3 hours What is a produce auctions as a seller? • Volume sales outlet • Price determined at auction • Selling time 1-3 hours Not only do we offer fresh produce, we also have Certified Kitchens that offer canned delights. 2005 Auction Summary Sales of $1.6 Million Over 1,050 Sellers Over 210 auctions at the three locations What DO Produce Auctions Bring to the Communities Opportunity to Sell in Volume Short Selling Period Chance to compare product with other producers Chance to talk directly to buyers Provide Supplemental Income Learning Experience in Production Chance to Socialize with Other Growers What Does the Future Hold More Sales to larger suppliers as volume grows More Organic Production if market continues to pay premiums More Locations and More Auctions More Producers Expanding Acreages Producers modifying production to extend the growing season After the auction ends, pay, load your produce up and go! It’s that easy!