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DESCRIPTIONINCOME BOOST BLUEPRINT-MAKE MONEY AT THE FARMER’S MARKET Bringing in extra money to bump up your bottom line requires putting your creativity to work. If you can open your mind wide to the possibilities that might exist in your backyard or even within your skillset, you’ll be amazed at the enjoyable and unexpected ways you can make money.
- 1. INCOME BOOST BLUEPRINTMAKE MONEY ATTHE FARMERS MARKETBringing in extra money to bump up your bottom line requiresputting your creativity to work. If you can open your mind wide tothe possibilities that might exist in your backyard or even withinyour skillset, youll be amazed at the enjoyable and unexpectedways you can make money.A pathway to more green that you may not have thought about isbecoming an active participant in your local farmers markets.This guide will help you realize the possibilities that farmersmarkets can bring in terms of nancial success.WHAT TO LOOK FOR DURING YOURNEXT FARMERS MARKET FORAYThis weekend, attend your farmers market. Instead of justrunning through to pick up produce for the week, take your timeexamining what you see and whats going on there.1
2. 1. Observe. What are people selling? Of course, the standardfruits and vegetables are available. But what else? Maybethere are freshly-cut herbs, pretty baskets of assorted soaps,and even some small hand-crafted tools for the kitchen, likewhisks or cleaning brushes. You might want to jot down thearray of products available for sale.2. Notice how vendors are displaying their products. Thisone is particularly important because it lends some infoabout what type of overhead costs you may generate todisplay your own wares and products. Are they simply laid out on a fold-out table? Is there adecorative table cloth? How are the items for salepackaged? Are fresh herbs tied with decorative ribbon,simply spread out so people can pick up how much theywant, or banded with a rubber band? Is there packagewrapping to consider? Look for simple, no-frills, yet attractive ways thatproducts are displayed. Which product displays attractyou? Make notes.3. Ask yourself, Whats missing? Now that you have a goodidea of whats for sale, ponder what types of products youand others might like to purchase from the farmers market.2 3. 4. Look for signs or pamphlets about whos in charge.Usually, theres someone you can talk to about how tobecome involved in the farmers market. If theres a phonenumber or name of the organizers posted, write it down. Itmay be the local towns business association or chamber ofcommerce. Get down that info so you can call them later withyour questions. This information may also be found in the newspaperarticle that advertises the market.WHAT COULD YOU MAKE TO SELLAT THE FARMERS MARKETS?When you get home, take a look at things youre good at andwhat you do that earns kudos from others. Your next incomestream might also ow from something you love to do.1. What are you good at? Maybe you love to try dierent souprecipes. Why not buy up some quart-size Mason jars and sellyour freshly-made and jarred soups at the farmers market?2. When do you get compliments from others? If people raveover your ve-ingredient homemade bread, maybe its timeto start a cottage industry baking and selling loaves of it.3 4. Perhaps your garden isnt all that large but you love toget fresh produce and make your own salsas and jellies.With a case or two of pint-sized wide mouthed jars, youdbe all set for next weeks market. Stick with simple,natural ingredients to make things easy for you. Plus,customers love the idea of buying something thatshomemade.3. What do you love to do? Of course, you can sell fruits andvegetable from your own garden, and maybe even sell smallplants, like a strawberry pot already planted with strawberryplants or an herb pot full of growing herb plants for kitchens. Perhaps you think theres nothing more fun than makinghome-made soaps and tying them up in stacks of two orthree to give to friends for birthdays and holiday gifts.You love seeing all the pretty colors and smelling all thefragrances and the idea of others using soaps you madeyourself. Plus, its easy and fun to do on a Sundayafternoon.INSPIRING IDEAS FOR FARMERS MARKET PROFITJust to get your creative juices owing, consider some of thesesuggestions for what you could sell at the farmers market.Bringing in more cash can be an enjoyable process.4 5. 1. Wood-crafted items. Maybe your grandpa taught you howto make small carvings from wood. You like to do it but younever know what to do with all the left-over creations. Sellingthem at the farmers market is your answer.2. Knitted, crocheted, or sewn items. Many people love theidea of given a hand-crafted gift to others or even treatingthemselves to something extravagant from time to time. Consider making washcloths, dishcloths, dishtowels,potholders, hats, purses, change purses, small gift bags,water bottle carriers, grocery store totes, baby blankets,booties, and sweaters, coasters, placemats, cell phonesocks, or an item you create.3. Baked foods. Who doesnt love a fresh-baked treat to takehome with them or present as a special gift to someone?Think about small wrapped clusters of cookies or candies,baked cakes, muns, cinnamon rolls, and the like. If yourforte is making such goodies, this could be the way to go.4. Jarred gifts. If you think you lack skills in hand-craftinghobbies and youre not much of a baker, why not considerbuying some Mason jars and layering ingredients for cookies,bars, bean soups, or even cocoa mixes into the jar? If you5 6. dont already have recipes for such items, look on theinternet to nd them. Tailor the recipe to make it your own. Print up a decorative label and instructions on how tomix up or cook the food and tie a decorative square orround of fabric over the top of the jar. Voila! Youve gotan interesting, enticing, and money-making product tosell.ITS ALL ABOUT THE PRESENTATIONAfter you decide on what youre willing to make to sell atfarmers markets, decide how you can attractively display andpresent your items to entice prospective customers to yourtable at the market.1. How can you make your table pretty? Maybe all youll needis a one-color plastic tablecloth.2. Think of color themes. Limit color selections on your tableand packaging to no more than three to avoid looking toobusy.3. Consider how youll package your product. If its freshherbs, you may not need much but some light rubber bandsand big baskets to display your bunched sprigs. If youre6 7. selling homemade noodles using your grandmas recipe, howwill you inexpensively package them to look appetizing?4. Include typed-up directions for anything that requires thecustomer to blend, mix, or put together a food item. Dontforget to put your contact information somewhere on theproduct.FINAL STEPS TO BECOME A FARMERSMARKET VENDOR1. Contact the organizers of the market by phone or inperson when you go to the farmers market. Tell them youhave a product youd like to sell.2. Ask if youre required to have a business license to sellyour products at the market. Find out where you can applyfor and obtain such a license.3. Tell the organizers about what you plan to sell and listento any feedback they oer. Although they might not restrictyou from selling your fresh herbs from your backyard herbgarden, they may tell you they already have two regularvendors who sell them.7 8. 4. Dont be concerned if youre told, Weve never sold thatbefore. Bringing fresh ideas can be a welcome addition forthe market and make you some nice cash at the same time.Consider it an adventure to boost your income by trying yourhand at the local farmers market. Wouldnt it be great to havean additional income stream to pad your bank account?8We Wish You Good Health And WealthThe How to Manage Your Financeshttp://howtomanageyourfinances.com