Who doesn’t love a local farmer’s market? Here are some farmer’s market tips to ensure you are making the most of what is available.
Agriculture is the most helpful, most useful, and most noble employment to man. – George Washington
As more and more people want to know where their food is coming from, buying at a Farmer’s Markets has increased in popularity.
This is a good thing, BUT…
Any successful business person knows to watch the trends. You can go to any supermarket right now and see major food companies that have redesigned their logos to make it look like it came straight from the farm. It’s the same product, just a different label.
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HOW THIS CAN CHANGE FARMER’S MARKETS
Since people are craving local products, some markets will allow anyone to rent a stall and sell their goods. Those goods may or may not be from the area or any different than what you would find at a store.
Our recent example-
Salvage Sister was selling some crafts and home-baked goods (like these) at a new Farmer’s Market.
The person in the next booth sold honey. The guy was pretty busy and talked about the health benefits of the honey all day long. HE WAS GOOD!
When the customers left, however, he was very clear on what he does. He is in sales. Whatever he thinks he can sell, he does. The more questions that were asked the more it was clear he really didn’t know a lot about the honey. But to most people, he looked the part (in his overalls) and “his” product did too.
FARMER’S MARKET TIPS
- Get to know your market. What are the qualifications for someone selling? Does the produce need to be local?
- Are they selling in-season produce?
- Talk to the seller. A farmer will know TONS!!!
- Go regularly to get to know the vendors.
- Ask for recommendations.
- Do they have a farm nearby?
- Are there stickers on the produce? Boxes with labels?
Here are some additional tips to make your most from your trip to your local farmer’s market.
- Early bird gets the worm..or in this case good produce.
- Talk to the farmer about things to try, ways to prepare, etc.
- Don’t be afraid of the ugly or “misshaped” produce.
- Pick up some flowers and other goodies. Often there are bakery items and handmade crafts.
- Bring your own bags
- Bring cash just in case
- Because the items are so fresh, make sure you use them quickly.
Enjoy your local market as it truly can be a great way to shop small!
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