Will You Be Selling Your Berries At the Farmer's Market This Year?

Farmer's Markets Are Opening Everywhere -- Where Are Your Berries?

The farmer's market by me is opening next week and I couldn't be happier. I actually had to cut back my berry growing some this year due to time constraints so I won't be selling them, but I'm definitely going to be buying some. If you've never bought or sold berries at a farmer's market, you don't know what you're missing. But before you head out with your wares (or your wallet) there are some things you need to know...

Are You Certified?

Depending on the type of farmer's market you're selling at, you might need to get a license or a producer's certificate. This is becoming increasingly common. You also really need to know what the local laws are regarding preparing and selling food products. Some areas require you to prepare your foods in a commercial kitchen while others will let you do it from home.

To find out what's necessary to sell at your farmer's market, contact the market coordinators or your local Chamber of Commerce and Health Department. They can point you in the right direction.

Doing it Right

When you do begin selling at your farmer's market, make sure you do it right. Remember that display is everything. Throwing some strawberries in green plastic containers isn't going to get you noticed. Laying them out in attractive containers on a table dressed with a tablecloth and some flowers, however, will make a nice impression.

Also make sure your berries are clearly marked. You'd be surprised at how big of a difference this makes. The person next to you could be selling strawberries for twice as much as you are. If your berries aren't marked and his are, he'll be getting the customers.

When Buying

When buying berries at a farmer's market, ask the seller how they're grown, whether they use pesticides and when they were picked. All of these tidbits of info are important and could influence your buying decision.

I personally love farmer's markets. Remember, it's not just about buying and selling berries either. It's about meeting new people and having fun.

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