Have any of you sold your homemade goodies or fresh veggies at a local farmers market? This is my second year of markets and I LOVE it!

But I must apologize for not posting in almost a week, yikes!!! I am getting used to the new schedule of two markets per week which means baking and prepping two other days a week and squeezing in all the normal family stuff with a little time for friends(went camping with the girls over the weekend). 🙂

The Monroe Farmers Market has been going strong now for 4 weeks and tonight will be the second week for the Grayson evening market. Hope I can keep up!!! Any bakers out there with any time saving tips? Would love to hear about them.

What keeps people coming back to your tent?
 
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My guess so far is a good clean set up that is attractive and interesting to look at and most important – awesome products!

I usually make about 5 different breads and will try new ones periodically to test out at the market. Any bread that does not sell for two weeks in a row never gets made again. So far that has only happened a couple times last year. Top sellers? Cinnamon, Carrot Pineapple, Honey Wheat Sourdough, Sourdough(soft), Semolina and Rosemary Garlic. Labeling is really important because you WANT to be professional and not look like you are selling at a garage sale! 🙂 There is nothing wrong with garage sales, I totally love them but Farmers Markets – a whole other ballgame.
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Through trial and error, I finally have a decent plant for signage and labels. All labels have my barn logo even if it has to be tiny on say, the lip balms – it is still there.
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Then I always have a menu for the day of what I am selling along with the prices up on the outside of the tent. This way if there is a crowd(yay) inside the tent, those outside can read what we have!

No sitting! I have noticed that sellers who stand the whole time sell more than those who sit. Really you are working, don’t sit down on the job.

Make eye contact and greet people, ask if they would like a sample. SMILE 🙂 If a customer can’t find what they need at your tent, refer them to someone else. Help each other to succeed, it will show.

Hope you enjoyed my post today.
Anne-Marie

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