So, I'm asking Dr. Internet: How should we best keep track of orders so that we know on any given night which invoices to prepare and print, how many dozen eggs I'll be taking with me, and where? Preferably I'd like there to be some way for people to put in their own requests for deliveries and preferred times which I can confirm and have entered in the system. The system should allow for blackout dates and exceptions. I should be able to assign customers to "clusters" or "routes" so that if one person in a cluster confirms an order, other people in that cluster would be constrained to that day for that week's delivery. The user interface should be simple both for me in hand-entering orders that come in by phone or in-person, and for customers. There are numerous other requirements rattling around in my head that I don't want to take the time right now to stop and put into words, and I'm sure you reading this probably have suggestions either based on what I've written so far or what you've liked or disliked about other applications you've used, either as a customer on the "front-end" or a service provider or vendor on the "back-end." I respectfully request your advice.
Oh, and if you're here in the "Metro DC" and you want farm fresh eggs, do let me know!
p.s. Tumble Rock Farm needs branding and collateral, too...must ponder. Those of you who frequent or vend at Farmers Markets--what sort of setup should we have? What makes you stop at one stall or stand and what makes you skip past one?