Practical Thoughts on Farmers Markets for The Upcoming Season – Part 1 of 2 (GFL44)


With summer farmers markets starting around the county over the next couple of months it’s time to start looking at the markets in your area, if you want to sell at farmers markets.

Today we’ll look at two cases – return to the same farmers market and starting at a new market, and how would you approach the two different situations.

In both cases you need to advocate for yourself and talk about what benefit you are bringing to the market. At least when you are returning to a market, you are dealing with some knowns. When you venture out to a new market, it’s a different story, you don’t know what that market will be like.

Darby will discuss some ways to deal with those unknowns and what factors to consider. He’ll also get into…

How do you deal with a farmers market that only allows you to sell X?
What do you do if your market turns out to be terrible?

Both realities in a farmer’s world, and neither is an easy situation to deal with.


Thoughts on Apply to Farmers Markets:

  • When applying to a farmers market make sure that they have a lot of information to make their decision – highlight what unique benefits you bring.
    • Don’t assume that they will spend a lot of time researching you.
  • Know going in, it will likely take a few years to build up a client base at a farmers market given the relationship base transactions that come with selling meat.
  • Apply to every market in your area that you are interested in, because you don’t know who will accept you.
  • A good farmers market manager can make all the difference in the world for the market.
  • Make sure that you are honest about what will be trying to do when you are applying to a new market.
    • Keep in communication with the market manager if problems arise.
    • Think twice before going rouge and breaking the rules.


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