Farmers Market Tips - From a Vendor's Viewpoint
Thursday, June 06, 2013
June is here and Farmers Market season is getting into full swing, at least around here. I've been a vendor at one for several years now and a few things keep happening that keep the experience from being as great as it could be. I think most of these tips will also apply to yard-salers.
1. Bring your cash in SMALL BILLS! Some vendors do take checks and a very few are set up for credit cards. Although we always try to have plenty of change on hand, several people in a row buying one $4 item with a $20 depletes the change reserves in a hurry.
2. Bring a cooler or insulated carry bag. Many markets have eggs, dairy and meat which we wouldn't want to spoil before you can get it home. Also, as the weather heats up it will help keep all that lovely fresh produce from wilting.
3. Please don't smoke. One of the Markets I work is non-smoking, while the other doesn't seem to be. I have asthma and sometimes even the smell of cigarette smoke on someone's clothes can cause me discomfort. Talking to someone who's actively smoking WILL cause a reaction. In the past, I've lived with it, but this year I will insist that anyone stopping at my table put their cigarettes out before talking to me. Also, IMHO, all the healthy eating in the world can't un-do the damage done by smoking.