No matter where you live, chances are there is a nearby farmer’s market. Have you been to it yet? If not, you don’t know what you’re missing.
A farmer’s market is quite literally a taste of local flavor. You can walk through the tents and booths and have your fill of delicious flavors in the form of free samples. More than that, you will taste the flavor of your community.
Last weekend Tammy and I set up a booth at a local farmer’s market. This was her first opportunity to sell her pillows at a local fair. You’ve probably seen a market from the consumer’s side. But it’s interesting to see it from the side of the vendor.
All the vendors get there early to set up. There is a true spirit of camaraderie as everyone prepares. Vendors are helping one another get their canopies set up. They check out all the wares. The energy is high and there is a certain level of anticipation.
We were new to this all. So we asked questions. We learned about other fairs, festivals, and markets we could enter. There were questions about how the crowd might be and what the day would look like.
The booths on either side of us were run by experienced entrepreneurs. One was selling honey. The other was selling hand made soaps. The booth with the hand made soaps was run by a girl who is sophomore in high school. She attended an entrepreneurial workshop. In it, she was required to come up with a business plan, secure investors, and present her marketing ideas. Her booth had a beautiful aesthetic and was very well done. It was no surprise that she ended up selling more than anyone else that day.
It just goes to show that age does not determine success.
Here’s why you should go to your local farmer’s market this week:
- You will be supporting small businesses.
- Locally grown foods will be in abundance.
- It’s a great way to slow down for an hour or two and learn about your community.
- You will meet new friends.
- There will be items available for purchase that you will find nowhere else.
- It’s fun for all ages.
- It’s a great way to spend some time outdoors.
I’m sure there are many other reasons to get to your local farmer’s market. When you do, please support the people who spent a great deal of time, effort, and money to be there. They will appreciate it more than you know.
What good reason do you have for attending a local farmer’s market?