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Selling Food at Farmers Market

Make Money Selling Food at Farmers Market

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To make profit selling prepared food at farmers market, there is a list of considerations to research and implement before the official set up day. The list that follows is by no means complete but will provide enough information to begin.
Farmers markets used to be thought of as a place where vegetable and fruit growers could sell on a Saturday to make extra money. The ability to make money selling food at farmers market is a fairly new phenomenon and growing. People have discovered there is a market for homemade, organic, reasonably priced, healthy food. Considering the information imparted in number three above, opposed to selling food ready to eat; sell packaged goods. Check out the market for competition, look for the customer base and notice the equipment others are using and comply, calculate the cost of producing the product, add the profit margin, estimate your sales.

The ability to make money selling food at farmers market is a fairly new phenomenon and growing. People have discovered there is a market for homemade, organic, reasonably priced, healthy food.

1. Is a business license or vendor permit required?

Check with your local county clerk’s office regarding permits and such. Sometimes this task can be accomplished online.

2. Is a health department food handler certificate required?

Food handler certificates are also commonly available online. Many local governments offer free courses on this subject prior to taking the test online. It can be that simple.

3. Consider the health and safety options for selling the chosen product.

A product that requires any special handling such as refrigeration or heat will require searching out options to provide that need. The commercial grade stainless steel they sell is approved for serving prepared food.

4. What variety of product will you sell?

Considering the information imparted in number three above, opposed to selling food ready to eat; sell packaged goods. Take into account the season the local farmers market operates; visualize the setting and the weather. How enticing is the chosen product going to appear on such a day?

5. Will you sell multiple prepared products?

The number of different products that will be sold is directly related to the effort required to produce them. Consistency in a few products is more advisable than varying the inventory frequently.

6. What’s special about the product(s) that would bring a customer to farmers market?

What should be special about the product is that it’s not regularly available in grocery stores; it’s natural, healthy, homemade and extraordinary in flavor and quality.

7. Prepare a business plan.

Check out the market for competition, look for the customer base and notice the equipment others are using and comply, calculate the cost of producing the product, add the profit margin, estimate your sales. This is a very brief summary of a business plan but how complex does this task really need to be? Make adjustments after analyzing the plan.
If the list above sounds intimidating; it’s not. Proceeding down the list step by step will ease the task by creating a focus and get you on the path making money selling food at farmers market.

Buy Local Produce Whenever Possible

Try Your Best To Buy Local Produce Whenever Possible

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Buy Local Produce Whenever Possible

What can we do? Well, you can try your best to buy local produce whenever possible. Even though America has lost more than 5 million farms (USDA figures) since 1935, there are still many farmers who have generated markets for themselves in the cut throat world of global competition.

To keep produce fresh during the long haul across oceans and continents, produce companies have to use chemical preservatives. Well, you can try your best to buy local produce whenever possible. Many small farms surrounding suburban communities or urban city centers have daily or weekly farmers’ markets. Try your local business improvement association or municipal office to see if they might be able to help.

Local Produce Farmers Market
It really is enjoyable to mix up your food shopping routine by purchasing your fresh produce and meats at your local farmers market.

If you’re like me and treasure the rural areas surrounding your urban region, then you also likely feel the sense of sadness each time a farm is sold for yet another commercial or residential development. Here’s your chance to do your bit to save the “family farm” (and help curb urban sprawl).

It really is enjoyable to mix up your food shopping routine by purchasing your fresh produce and meats at your local farmers’ market. In many cases you can negotiate prices (which is fun). I also find your fellow shoppers are generally in a happier frame of mind when they’re perusing farmer’s booths than when they’re steering a shopping cart through crowded aisles at the grocery store.

Do you know how far the apple in your kitchen traveled before you picked it up at the grocery store? According to the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, apples in American grocery stores typically travel 1,726 miles before reaching your kitchen!

Buy Local Produce Food … Save The Environment

The impact on the environment is one issue, but we also have to worry about preservatives that are used to keep this apple crispy and nice during its very long journey to your grocery store. To keep produce fresh during the long haul across oceans and continents, produce companies have to use chemical preservatives. It is well documented that preservatives are hazardous to human health.

Just think about the fuel needed to transport produce like this across the country or across borders. Think about the pollution generated by the vehicles carrying this produce. An apple a day may keep the doctor away but the fumes accompanying it will definitely hurt us!

Find out the location of your nearest farmers’ market, note the dates that they are open and plan to be early and there bright to get the freshest, tastiest food choices of the day! Your family will thank you, you’ll be supporting your local economy and helping to save the environment.

Many small farms surrounding suburban communities or urban city centers have daily or weekly farmers’ markets. These markets connect regional small farmers with urban and suburban dwellers. Try your local business improvement association or municipal office to see if they might be able to help.

Since produce from your local farms are traveling very short distances there is less pollution created in their transport. There is also less packaging and processing involved which also helps to lessen the amount of garbage we put into the environment and ourselves!

AB Don PicMy name is Don Goldberg and I am a farmer in Ohio, USA and my family has been involved with farming before our family made the move to the United States four generations ago. [more]
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