FARMERS MARKET VENDORS ROBIN PICKETT AND SUZY GERARD GIVE ADVICE
FOR THOSE LOOKING TO SELL AT A FARMERS’ MARKET
HOW TO REGISTER AS A VENDOR
WHO IS ELIGIBLE
Those who grow produce or make other farm products (e.g. cottage goods) within 75 miles of Washington AR, may apply to sell at markets in Nashville, Old Washington, and Hope. Farm products include vegetables, fruit and other produce, honey, eggs, home-baked goods, hand-made soaps, jams and jellies. Some hand-crafted items may be sold, depending on the market.
Vendor fees are $50.00 per market for the entire season, except for those vendors who sign up during the annual grower meeting held in January. Approved vendors who register during the January meeting may sell at all three markets on any market days for the entire season for a single fee of $75.00.
Registration for Day Vendors is $15.00 which includes vouchers for three days at any of the markets (the days do not have to be consecutive) and $5.00 per day thereafter at each market.
Complete this application and contact any of the market managers or leave your application at the Nashville Chamber of Commerce located at 107 South Main Street in Nashville AR or thye Howard County Extension Office on the 2nd floor of the Howard County Courthouse.
—TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL SELLING—
1. Bring only your best to market.
2. Wear a name tag and a smile.
3. Create a sense of bounty/abundance – pile it up. . . waist height or higher…
4. Tier your food.
5. Always bring more than you can sell!
6. The appearance of your product/produce really matters!
7. Make your table memorable.
8. Leave the newspaper at home, talk on your phone some other time!
9. Bring your “A” team with you. Be sure anyone working in your booth creates a good impression.
10. Be on time. Be consistent, rain or shine…
11. Don’t leave early, even when sold out! –Put up a “Sold Out” sign or “Come Earlier Next Week”!
12. Offer cooking suggestions or recipes, or ask our Market Manager can help with printing labels or other promotional items.
13. Be approachable, Build relationships & Customer loyalty.
14. Contribute to the Produce Drawings – Market Yourself!
15. Prepare ahead of time and bring items & promo info!
16. Have pictures of farm, products finis…
17. Accept credit cards (use a smartphone Square register if it is within your means to do so).
18. Price your product fairly … Don’t be the cheapest and don’t undercut the other vendors.
19. Don’t drop your prices at the end of the day.
20. Plan in your off season. Learn from your sales and customers.
21. Be consistent and follow the rules.