How To Sell Foods at Farmers Markets
Selling foods at farmers markets and flea markets.
Farmer's Market Food Sales
Selling produce or other foods at a Farmer's Market
Selling foods at local farmer's markets can be a rewarding and fun way to earn extra income. Most markets are open seasonally, with operation coinciding with local supply and demand.
Farmer's markets originally sold fruits, vegetables and other crops, with some markets also moving livestock, poultry and other goods.
Today's farmer's markets carry much more, including foods such as honey, cheese, organic produce, grass fed beef, local fish and seafood, herbs, flowers, crafts and other items.
Before selling items at a farmer's market, it is a good idea to check with local regulations, talk to other sellers and make a checklist.
In some cases, a business license or other permits may be required. Another regulatory issue could come into play if items are being sold by weight. In some areas, regulations require that weighing equipment be certified if a vendor is weighing items during the selling process.
Depending on the type of goods that will be sold, bags, boxes, ice or other supplies may also be necessary.
Products to Sell at Farmer's Markets
Fruits, Vegetables, Plants, Prepared Foods
Vendors, farmers, homestead gardeners and food enthusiasts sell a wide range of items at farmer's markets. These are a few of the most popular selling items:
- lima beans
- string beans
- baked goods
- farm animals
Tips for Pricing and Selling Produce
How to sell vegetables, fruits and other goods.
Choosing a pricing policy is important when selling items at farmer's markets, flea markets, or other community events.
In many cases, local competition is a factor in setting prices. A variety of other factors may also influence prices.
Vendors must decide of they are willing to negotiate on prices or barter for goods. In some areas, bartering is an important cultural tradition and vendors that don't mind negotiating can increase sales.
The perishability of items may also weigh heavily on pricing. If supply exceeds demand and products have a limited shelf life, it may be worthwhile to sell at cost or even lower in order to attract client to the booth.
The concept of selling off excess goods at little or no profit is as old as marketing itself. In some cases, a no-profit item can bring a steady stream of buyers to a supplier. Most shoppers are receptive to buying several items, so clearance sales are a good time to showcase a few high-profit items.