This blog post was originally posted on I Review This Stuff, I’ve moved many of the posts from that blog to their new home here at Treasure Trove Reviews.
I recently spent an afternoon at Downtown Atlanta’s Peachtree Green Market where I checked out all of the awesome booths full of locally produced foods, like honey, lemonade, popcorn, and pastries. There are also vendors who sell handmade crafts. It’s not a very big market, but they have high-quality products.
This market is located right in the middle of downtown close to some very nice hotels, if you are planning a trip to Downtown Atlanta, I suggest staying at the Westin Peachtree Plaza, it’s an absolutely beautiful hotel, with one of the most famous restaurants in Atlanta, The Sundial. The Sundial is a restaurant and observatory and features a 360 view of the beautiful city of Atlanta. From here it is just a quick 2-minute walk to the Peachtree Green Market.
I met one vendor, Ashley Burns, from Georgia Popcorn Company and she gave me a sample of the ‘Classic Kettle Corn’ and let me tell you, this popcorn rocks! I absolutely love their kettle corn. One reason it tastes so great is probably because they use 100% Non-GMO Corn and 100% Non-GMO Pure Cane Sugar and another is because these guys really know what they are doing. The popcorn is light and fluffy and does not have any of the grimy stuff you sometimes find in the store-bought stuff.
What I love about their kettle corn is that the sweetness. It is perfect and not overpowering with a hint of smokiness so you know it is home cooked kettle corn. I would definitely recommend purchasing popcorn for your events from Georgia Popcorn Company, and want to know something neat? They have colorful kettle corn that would be a hit at a birthday party!
Check out their website for a full list of their offerings and schedule. Http://www.georgiapopcorn.com
Farmers markets are fun places to connect with your local community and can be a great source of income. I absolutely love shopping from local vendors and love how amazing the food tastes.
If you’re interested in selling your handmade crafts and baked goods at a local farmer’s market, check out this book by Sarah Shasko, Successful Market Vending. Sarah’s sold her items at hundreds of farmers markets and put together an awesome book to help those who are interested in getting started.
Here’s my list of 15 Things You Can Sell at Your Local Farmers Market
- Knitted & Crocheted Items- I first started knitting when I was 13 years old. My grandmother taught me one weekend when I was spending the weekend with my grandparents. Since then I’ve gotten pretty good at knitting and crocheting. It’s a fun hobby and it can be very relaxing! I love knitting while TV because once you know what you’re doing you can multi-task easily between these two activities. If you are just starting out, the Vogue Knitting Books are some of the absolute best books with tons of how-to information that you’ll end up using all the time.
- Fruits and Jams- I love fresh fruits and jams, I probably need a bumper sticker that reads, I break for Fruit. Anytime I’m traveling and I see a farmer on the side of the road selling fruit, I can’t help but pull over. The other day my boyfriend and I were driving on our way down Route 66 in California and stopped at a man’s orange stand, and we had the absolute best oranges I’ve had in years! They were super juicy, very sweet and tasted nothing like what you get in the stores! Fruits and jams are great to sell at the local farmers market because if you have a few fruit trees, or blueberry bushes, or even avocado trees, you won’t have to invest too much to get started.
- Eggs- Chickens eggs are great to sell at your local farmers market. People love buying eggs from humanely raise chickens. Raising chickens is also a great activity you can do with your kiddos. Check out my Pinterest Farm board, you’ll find some great photos and information on homesteading, raising chickens and farming at in your backyard.
- Baked Goods- Selling baked goods at your local farmers market is a great way to put your cooking skills to good use. You’ll want to make sure you keep full lists of your ingredients and comply with local and state laws before selling your products to the public. The rules may vary depending on where you’re selling. Some markets also may have regulations about how big your business must be before you can become a vendor.
- Flowers- Flowers are a nice renewable source of income. They can be difficult to transport and you’ll need to make sure they don’t wilt in the heat. Some of the favorites at markets usually are Sunflowers, Daisys, Lillies and Dahlias. For more information on selling flowers check out The Flower Farmer: An Organic Grower’s Guide to Raising and Selling Cut Flowers .
- Coffee- Fresh coffee is usually a big hit at farmers markets. People love free samples of and enjoy getting to sip while they shop. You can sell samples and full cups of joe, plus bags of your favorite beans.
- Embroidery and Quilts– I love embroidery. It’s absolutely beautiful and anyone who knows how to embroider, like me, knows just how long it takes. It’s an amazing art form that is beautiful to have in your home. Quilts are also a great item to sell at the farmers market. People love seeing beautiful quilts and enjoy buying something to keep them warm and have for company and guests to use.
- Crackers and Chips- Crackers and chips are a farmers market favorite. Usually sold with a bit of Jam or Honey, you can let people try your homemade baked creations, and give market-goers something to munch on while they browse. If you sell your products online make sure to pass out cards with your website and information. A great place to get professionally designed logos for your goods is Creative Market. I absolutely love artists work, and in fact, purchase a lot of my fonts, website themes and logo designs from this website. I suggest the 50 Logo Templates Bundle which you can use to design the perfect logo for your goods.
- Kombucha- I am such a fan of Kombucha. I drink this amazing healing drink usually 3-4 times per week. In fact, I even stayed at an Airbnb one time for about a month while I was working at a nearby job, and my host made homemade Kombucha. If you make your own Kombucha, you can get a pretty penny for it at the farmers market. Again, you’ll need to check the rules and regulations of your local market to ensure that you can sell your bottled beverages. If you love Kombucha, you might want to take a go at making it at home, and consider making it a side business. Get your side hustle on at the farmers market. It’s a great way to teach your kiddos how to be entrepreneurial and learn about business.
- Books- If you have books published online and are looking to grow your readership, selling your books at a local farmers market is a great idea. Alternatively, you could sell used books or collections of different types of books, like romance or children’s books. Consider making your own pop-up bookstore. Make your stand comfortable for those passing by and include some beanbags and comfortable chairs. Maybe offer some free lemonade with a book purchase, to encourage people to purchase more books and relax.
- Painting and Artwork- Farmers markets are great places to sell your paintings and artwork. If you have a store on Redbubble you can also promote it there, by passing along the information with your card. You can sell handmade cards and other items as well. I love purchasing artwork at Farmers markets because I enjoy supporting the local community artists.
- Jewelry- If you make jewelry, Farmers Markets are great places showcase your work and get sales. You’ll benefit from all the traffic that the market gets and be able to build your customer base. If your work is on Etsy make sure you provide information about how people can make orders in the future.
- Dresses and Clothing- Clothing and dresses are popular items at markets. I find that clothing that is one size fits all, is best for selling, because you won’t sell out of sizes and have a better chance at making sales. But I have also purchases dresses in my size from vendors. Scarves, hats and tank tops are also great sellers at markets.
- Furniture- If you’ve ever watched the show Flea Market Flip, then you know how profitable this can be. The show features two teams who purchase furniture items for very low prices and then fix them up and resell them for high profit. If you enjoy furniture restoration, and have a creative side, selling furniture at your local farmers market might be something to consider. Many people make very high profits from spending time on the weekends restoring and selling furniture.
- Makeup and Lotions- Selling environmentally friendly, organic makeup and lotions is a popular idea. People enjoy purchasing products that are safe for their bodies and the earth. Again, you’ll want to pick a great logo for your products, Creative Market is a great place to get your logo templates. If you are looking for girly logos for your makeup and logos I suggest the 120 Feminine Branding Logos pack which I used to create the logo for this blog.
As you can see, there are tons of great products you can sell at the farmers market. If you are looking to make some extra cash this month with a new side hustle, I definitely recommend learning more about selling at farmers markets. Start with these 15 things you can sell at your local farmers market, and see which product is your favorite to make and sell. You’ll learn more about yourself and you can involve your entire family. It’s a fun way to spend more time with your loved ones while also making money.
Parts of This blog post were originally posted on I Review This Stuff, I’ve moved many of the posts from that blog to their new home here at Treasure Trove Reviews.
The original date this post was made was 7/30/2016
For more information on how you can create passive income for your developmentally disabled child by selling at the farmers market, check out this post on my other blog, Bedtime Stories for Brighid, HOW TO USE PASSIVE INCOME TO BUILD A STRONG FINANCIAL FUTURE FOR YOUR CHILD WITH SPECIAL NEEDS/ DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDER