In 2015, my husband and I decided to start our own small batch hot sauce company. Besides working as waitress at a novelty 1950’s diner (complete with polyester uniform and beehive wig), I had no background in food, let alone experience with running my own business....read more
Tent Talk, the farmers’ market podcast premiers July 9th!
On this podcast, we’ll provide helpful information for farmers, small food makers, and farmers’ market managers who count on farmers’ markets as a source of income. Need help marketing yourself at farmers’ markets? Want to find out how to accurately forecast inventory for your weekly markets? Hoping to eventually expand your business and hire employees? Tent Talk is here to help answer those questions! Whether you’re on the verge of launching a business and want to learn about farmers’ markets as a revenue stream, or you’re a seasoned market veteran who’s looking for a little inspiration, we’ve got something for you.read more
The farmers’ market is full of talented and creative people who know their stuff. Chances are, if you can find something made locally, it will be more unique and often more affordable! When feel yourself falling down that Pinterest rabbit hole, take a break and wander through your neighborhood market. You’ll probably find much more inspiration there.read more
Finding the perfect location for your farmers’ market is one of the most critical predictors of success. To flourish, a market needs to be located in a central, visible, and easily accessible setting. Ideally, the main drag of your targeted neighborhood. Nearby parking, neighboring businesses and surrounding residences, and whether the square footage is adequate and the ground is level are just some of the variables to consider.read more
Brightly-lit aisles, items neatly organized on shelves, linoleum floors, and packaged food in pre-portioned containers. This is what many would associate with the typical American grocery shopping experience. When you consider the environment shoppers are used to,...read more
It’s no coincidence that Mother’s Day takes place in the spring. Flowers are blooming and bountiful, the weather is perfect for a stroll outdoors (like say, through a market?), and seasonal farmers’ markets are celebrating their opening days. Although babies are born year round, it feels like everyone I know is celebrating a new birth, celebrating women becoming new mothers or grandmothers. Here are some tips to help get your market Mother’s Day ready.read more
It’s been two months since the 2018 InTents Conference and we are still brimming with joy. The knowledge provided by our speakers, resources from our exhibitors, and new relationships with our attendees has us feeling inspired! Thank you to all who attended or participated in the 2018 InTents Conference.read more