Farmers Markets Provide Needed Goods to Communities During COVID-19
[ Article was originally posted on www.sba.gov ]
While farmers markets may look a little different this summer, these centers of commerce have largely continued to be staples of their communities. Farmers markets contribute about $9 billion to the U.S. economy every year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Farmers Market Coalition (FMC) says that the number of farmers markets in the U.S. has grown from just under 2,000 in 1994 to more than 8,600 today.
Small businesses, including We Grow Microgreens – the SBA’s 2019 Microenterprise Business of the Year for Massachusetts –greatly contribute to local farmers markets across America. Founders Lisa Evans and Tim Smith specialize in growing nutritious microgreens and edible flowers using sustainable growing practices. Lisa and Tim sell their products to retail stores and restaurants in the Boston area and consumers at farmers markets in Roslindale, Wayland, Newton, and Natick.
We Grow Microgreens is just one of many small businesses that benefit from participating in local farmers markets. During National Farmers Market Week, we’re highlighting just a few reasons why selling at farmers markets is good for business:
If you’re interested in getting involved with a local farmers market, check USDA National Farmers Market Directory to find one near you. From there, you will be able to gauge requirements to participate, like paying vendor fees or obtaining permits. If you plan on selling prepared foods, you will also want to research your state’s cottage laws to make sure your food is compliant.
Also, meet virtually with an SBA resource partner to discuss logistics, marketing, and other ideas for scaling up. For example, the We Grow Microgreens owners, have been meeting with their SCORE mentors for five years. SBA is here to support you through every business stage and help your company sprout, grow, and flourish!
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