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Ideas For Your Farmers Market Booth Or Vegetable Stand

Deb thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail and is a Search & Rescue volunteer and writer living in Flagstaff, AZ.

Give Your Produce Stand Some Pizazz

Once upon a time, my husband and I lived on a small New England farm. And on that farm we had a garden full of organic vegetables. Intending to grow only what we needed for ourselves but being new to gardening and not confident in the greenness of our thumbs, we not only tilled far more ground than necessary and planted more seeds and seedlings than necessary but, by george, it all grew!

Needless to say, we had vegetables of all kinds -- some we had no idea what to do with (kohlrabi?) -- coming out our ears.

So we gave some away, traded vegetables for farm products we didn't grow or raise, and, when we still found ourselves with excess, we set up a self-serve stand out in front of the farmhouse (complete with "The Headless Harvester" pictured here, who had butternut squash for a neck).

The "Headless Harvester" at our self-serve produce stand in South Kent, CT

The "Headless Harvester" at our self-serve produce stand in South Kent, CT

Finding the self-serve produce stand to be a success and enjoying meeting new people when we happened to be nearby when they'd stop, we took a friend's advice and signed up for a booth at the local farmer's market.

Some of the photos you'll see here are from our early days of selling produce, before we got better at making our displays look tastier and more inviting. But, over time, we improved our farmers market tables and our sales, and I'd like to share with you my tips for making at least some extra spending money, not to mention pay for next year's seeds, by selling what you grow.

My husband, up to his ears in corn

Our garden at Howland Homestead Farm, South Kent, CT

Our garden at Howland Homestead Farm, South Kent, CT

Beginners' Luck In The Vegetable Garden

Broccoli, onions, beans, oh my!

And lettuce and tomatoes, squash and cucumbers, peppers, herbs, cabbage and potatoes. Out of the ground also came garlic and turnips, carrots and celery and ... well, let's just say I made good use of my Victory Garden Cookbook, to make use of all that fresh produce.

Matter of fact, I think I saw a neighbor duck inside and pull the curtains when she saw me coming with an another arm-full of zucchini.

Our farmers market garden on Howland Homestead Farm

Our farmers market garden on Howland Homestead Farm

And Speaking Of The Victory Garden Cookbook....

I LOVE this cookbook. It saved us from yet another night of steamed broccoli. And my husband was about to go on a hunger strike if I made one more vegetable stir fry. But then I bought this book, and a veggie wasn't just a veggie anymore.

This, to me, is a vegetable grower's must-have recipe book. It's been around a while -- since 1982 -- and is still a best-seller for good reason. Sure, you can find a gazillion vegetable-based recipes online, but there's something about sitting in your favorite chair or outside, perhaps while gazing at your garden, and flipping through a classic cookbook with lots of tasty looking photos.

This classic cookbook makes a great gift for any gardener, too.

And they grew and grew and grew....

Cabbage and beans in our garden on Howland Homestead Farm

Cabbage and beans in our garden on Howland Homestead Farm

A Self-Serve Vegetable Stand by the House

Pay-and-take on our customers' honor worked very well for us.

So, after the neighbors starting politely declining our plethora of free produce, we took to the street. We figured, well, if people just take the extra vegetables and fruit, that's fine. But we posted some prices per piece or per pound, bought an inexpensive food scale, set that scale out along with saved grocery bags and baggies, and placed a shoe box on the table with several dollars of "seed money" inside for making change. Then we went about our business of tending to the farm and running errands.

The evening of our first day as bona fide market gardeners, as we were heading back to the house, I noticed that our vegetable stand was looking a bit ... sparse? I hurried over and, to my delight, found the shoebox was full of green! There was even a note from a lovely gentleman, with his name and phone number, saying he'd return the next day with the additional $2 he owed for the tomatoes!

Our self-serve produce display

Our self-serve produce display

Off To The Farmers Market

In Kent, Connecticut

The following spring, as our garden once more looked on the verge of exploding with organic produce, we paid $30 for a spot at the local farmers market in Kent, Connecticut (small town, very inexpensive booth space, at least back then). And when the lettuce, spinach and other early veggies began making their appearances, we grabbed our old card table, miscellaneous baskets and plastic bins, some plastic baggies and an old dry-erase board we had lying around, and off to market we went.

Our produce table was pathetic. As other growers set up their booths, we looked from their displays to ours and back again, and felt like kids with a lettuce stand. So, as buyers began to trickle in, we outdid ourselves with niceness and, despite our sad little table, we sold every last head and leaf of lettuce.

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At the end of the afternoon, we had enough money to go celebrate our farmers market premier with pizza, then buy a few things to help spruce up our table for the following week.

Our first farmers market stand

Our first farmers market stand

Work Your Farmers Market Table

Don't just sit back and wait....

First things first, though: Before any decorating or other display ideas, I say that working the booth is number one. By that, I mean both interacting with shoppers and continually keeping your display neat, clean and looking nice, even if it's very basic.

As people buy and produce goes home with them, fill in the gaps on your table, either with extra stock or simply by rearranging what's left, and, if need be, offer some late discounts to last-minute customers. Unless, of course, you want to go home with all the leftovers (which we'd usually preserve or share with the pigs).

Fun, friendly conversation with customers really made all the difference for us, even more so than anything we did to our display.

Farmers Market

Farmers Market

Make Colorful Displays

Your farmers market table can be a work of art.

Just by laying around, being themselves, vegetables and fruits are pretty to look at, so making colorful produce displays certainly isn't hard. But be mindful of presentation when setting up your farmers market table.

That is, you might not want to group everything green together but, rather, separate greens with oranges (like tomatoes) and reds (such as strawberries and red peppers). Bunched radishes are great for adding a splash of color variety here and there, and mix up the various shapes, sizes and colors of squash and pumpkin.

I say, treat your table like an artist's canvas and paint the most eye-catching picture you can with your produce.

Squash and pumpkins hold up well and can add great color to your farmers market booth.

Squash and pumpkins hold up well and can add great color to your farmers market booth.

Use Baskets And Other Attractive Containers

Display your produce the countrified way.

Woven baskets sure look better than cardboard boxes and plastic bins for displaying produce; although, we used the latter two on our table, along with stock pots and buckets, when we first started selling at the farmers market.

As weeks went by, however, I collected dozens of fun baskets, some for just a dollar or less at garage sales and flea markets and some for free, from neighbors and friends who had unused baskets lying around in garages, barns and closets, that they were happy to donate or at least loan to the cause. I've also found free baskets on Craigslist and

I'd often line my smaller baskets with cloth napkins to absorb moisture and for an extra added touch of country. Rustic wooden boxes and crates also make attractive containers, particularly for large quantities of an item, such as green beans and baking potatoes.

Display your produce in baskets to add rural "character" to the look of your farmers market booth, even in the city.

Display your produce in baskets to add rural "character" to the look of your farmers market booth, even in the city.

Use Flower Arrangements at the Farmers Market

Decorate and sell as bunches or singles.

We not only combined flowers, like marigolds and nasturtiums, with our vegetables for companion planting as a means of organic pest control, but we also grew flowers to decorate and sell at the farmers market. Sunflowers, which come in a variety of sizes and colors, were not only easy to grow once they got started, but were a big hit at the market.

We grouped flower arrangements in various places throughout our display and often that was the first thing shoppers commented on when they approached the table. Of course, those arrangements were also for sale, as were vases full of flowers that could be bought as singles, and we rarely had any left at the end of the day.

Cut flowers add color and beauty to your produce stand and were always a great seller for me.

Cut flowers add color and beauty to your produce stand and were always a great seller for me.

Selling flowers at the Flagstaff, Arizona, farmers market

Selling flowers at the Flagstaff, Arizona, farmers market

Use A Tablecloth at the Market

Countrify your display ... and hide an ugly table

Just about any table or makeshift stands will do for the farmers market, but covering them with pretty, countrified cloths makes your display look more uniform and attractive.

In our early days at the farmers market, we used a combination of old card tables and plywood on top of stacked cinderblocks to create our stand. And, in our first week, we actually used some old but clean sheets-turned-table cloths to cover them up. And they didn't look bad at all. Eventually, though, we spent some of our earnings on good ol' red-checkered cloths, not to mention better tables.

Table cloths, if long enough, also help to hide extra stock and supplies stored under your table.

Pick A Cloth, Any Cloth, For Your Farmers Market Table

Selling Vegetables at the Farmers Market

Selling Vegetables at the Farmers Market

Craft Your Vegetables for Market

Braids, ristras and wreaths for example

This was a big selling point for us, particularly when it came to garlic, onions and spicy peppers. In addition to selling singles, to be purchased by the piece or the pound (or part of a pound), we made braids of onions and garlic and "ristras" from the peppers.

We'd create varied lengths and quantities, to give the customers more choice (especially the early birds) and even sometimes mixed the varieties, combining yellow, white and purple onions, for example, in one braid.

We also made some wreaths out of these vegetables. Though that took more time and effort and the results were priced higher than the braid and ristras, we always sold out.

The nice thing about these "crafted" vegetables was, if we didn't sell them all one week (which we usually did), they'd be fine to sell the next. After all, dried ristras are often used simply as decoration. They also added some pop to our display, though we had to improvise ways to hang them.

Want to learn how to make a chile pepper ristra? Here's a good how-to:

Braided Garlic

Learn how to braid garlic

Display On The Stalk

Add even more interest to your farmer's market display.

This was a fun way to sell brussel sprouts, not to mention a perfect way to store them in a root cellar--right on the stalk. We even added these stalks of sprouts to flower arrangements on our farmers market table, and promoted them as interesting candidates for late summer and early fall centerpieces for customers' country-style dinner parties.

In fact, these on-the-stalk displays were so popular, some people who bought them said they didn't even like Brussels sprouts; they just liked the look of the stalks and hadn't ever seen how they grew.

Kohlrabi was another vegetable we sold on the stalk, as well as some tomatoes on the vine.


Sell Value-Added Produce at the Farmers Market

Take some of the work out of your customers' food preparation.

In addition to selling produce "as is," you might want to try doing a little chopping and mixing, which will also add some dollars to your farmers market earnings.

For example, we had great luck with baggies full of chopped cabbage, carrots and onion a la coleslaw mix. Chopped stir fry veggies and dry soup mixes were also a hit. Mixed dry beans were another value-added homegrown product that sold extremely well--combinations of dried pinto, black, navy, anasazi, red, garbanzo, lima and/or kidney beans.

With all of these pre-chopped and mixed items, we included a handwritten recipe card, stapled right onto each baggie.

Selling chopped, mixed vegetables at the farmer's market

Selling chopped, mixed vegetables at the farmer's market

Give Out Recipes For Uncommon Veggies

Tasty ideas will encourage people to buy the ingredients.

As with the value-added produce, we also offered free recipe cards for all of our less common (or less popular) fruits and vegetables, including things like rhubarb, kohlrabi, kale and quince.

Oftentimes, shoppers would be perusing our display and ask, "What's this?" while holding up a vegetable or variety they'd never seen before, or one they'd seen in the grocery store but never had anyone around to ask what to do with it. So be prepared with cooking tips and recipe suggestions for all of your produce.

Those questions about uncommon fruits and vegetables nearly always turned into fun conversations, complete with those free recipe cards. More often than not, the customer went home with something new to try. And, many times, those same customers would return the following week to buy even more.


Group Produce By Recipe

Make it easy and even more appealing to your customers.

Another idea for your farmers market table is to group some of your fruits and vegetables according to what one can make with them.

For example, why not take some of your sauce tomatoes, garlic, onions and bunches of fresh basil and set them a bit apart as a group, along with a sign that says something like, "Ingredients for your own homemade tomato sauce," and put out some recipe cards too. Depending on how much sauce the customer might want to make, you can help them select the right amount of each ingredient. Perhaps you might even price that sauce combination as a group by weight.

You might even have a "recipe of the week" that you customers can look forward to, and each week have the ingredients you grow set aside along with a catchy sign with the name of the dish.

Recipe categories might include:

  • Sauces
  • Salsas
  • Soups
  • Stirfries
  • Smoothies
  • Salads

Gee, that's allotta "esses" there. Well, okay then, how about:

  • Pies
  • Stews (oops, there's another "S")
  • Chilis

And don't forget about growing some of the herbs for these recipes as well.

Farmers Market Booth Ideas

Farmers Market Booth Ideas

Offer Samples at the Farmers Market

A little taste can go a long way.

We saw other sellers doing this and soon followed suit, and our sales increased even more.

One of our first freebies was a little refreshment--a cup (or two or three) of what we called "rhubarb ade" to anyone wanting a taste. It was my husband's concoction: pureed rhubarb pressed through a cheesecloth, with water and sugar added to taste. We'd set out our pink drink in a large punch bowl, with ice and a ladel and a stack of small paper cups for shoppers to help themselves.

Throughout the rest of the summer, we offered a different sample each week, including slices of zucchini and pumpkin bread, roasted garlic, sliced tomatoes with basil, homemade coleslaw, and grilled and seasoned mixed vegetables. The ideas are nearly endless.

We did find, though, that the most convenient samples were those that could be eaten with the fingers or on toothpicks, cutting down the cost for small, plastic utensils, not to mention the waste.

Offering free samples is a great way to draw shoppers to your table and show off how tasty your homegrown fruits and veggies really are.

A Great Idea!

Consider offering online pre-sales for customers with just a little time on their lunch hours or who can only swing by at the end of the day.

Helpful Market Garden Reading & Recipes

Here are a couple of books I've used and recommend.

Fresh From the Farmer's Market Cookbook

In this cookbook, you ll find a wealth of inspired creations. Selection and storage tips are included, along with color photographs. Among the 75 tempting dishes are Fingerling Potato Salad With Fennel, White Peaches in Raspberry Wine Sauce, Apple and Dried Cherry Crisp, Radicchio With Raisins and Pine Nuts, and Penne With Broccoli Sauce.

Find a Farmers Market Near You

Locate a farmer's market near where you live or where you'll be traveling.

Do a Farmer's Market Search on the U.S. Department of Agriculture website.

Thanks for Stopping by my Stand

Do you have any additional ideas to share to help others spruce up their farmers market booth and increase sales?

Please leave your comments in the guestbook below.

© 2009 Deb Kingsbury

Do you have any additional suggestions?

Dawn Romine from Nebraska on April 04, 2014:

I'm thinking about setting up at table in our small town on Saturdays, I often have more than I can can/freeze/use in a season and I could pick up a little spending money. Going to try a vertical garden to get more harvest per square foot. Wish me luck!

socialcx1 on August 06, 2013:

Love farmers markets, what a wonderful lens.

anonymous on May 13, 2013:

we need more Farmers markets

mariacarbonara on May 03, 2013:

That intro pic is so funnny. I love a good farmers market!

Laura Hofman from Naperville, IL on April 21, 2013:

Interesting lens with great tips! We love going to farmers markets.

laurenrich on March 15, 2013:

I enjoy buying from our local farmer's market and from different roadside stands. I also grow some of my own vegetables. Thanks for sharing this great information.

katiecolette on February 06, 2013:

We have a self-serve stand in our neighborhood, and it's nice to stop by every once in a while and pick up some fresh produce from them. Great job on this lens!

anitabreeze on February 06, 2013:

This is a great lens. One of my very favorite things is visiting farmers markets and yes, it is always great to visit tables where they have put some thought into it.

Carol Brooks from Florida on February 02, 2013:

My boyfriend and I are planning to have a stand at the farmers market soon. We will be selling landscape and house plants. I make decorative wooden signs for the garden, so I will be taking those along too. I think they will make a nice addition to the offerings. I loved your lens. Very useful suggestions.

suepogson on January 24, 2013:

kohl rabi is lovely - grate in salad or cook and mash like potatoes. I prefer it raw. And it's so pretty - just like a little sputnik!

VspaBotanicals on January 19, 2013:

Excellent lens!

jolou on January 18, 2013:

I buy most of my veggies and some fruit from a local farmers market that is open here all year. You can't beat the taste, and it's nice to support a local business. Nothing is better than fresh berries directly from the farm! I get their frozen ones off season.

suepogson on January 14, 2013:

I have a quest! It's to recommend an inspiring lens. Consider yourself recommended.

suepogson on January 13, 2013:

I'm just starting off in the world of farmers' markets so this is GREAT! Thank you so much - I've bookmarked it to go back to.

dawnsnewbeginning on November 29, 2012:

We love stopping at roadside stands!

victoriahaneveer on October 26, 2012:

I love buying produce at the market. I prefer to give my money to local farmers instead of large grocery stores. The produce is often fresher and yummier anyway. I love the pre-shredded coleslaw mix idea above too.

Allison Whitehead on September 26, 2012:

You get a like for the Headless Harvester alone! lol Looks very laid back... Wonderful lens.

Deb Kingsbury (author) from Flagstaff, Arizona on July 30, 2012:

@David Stone1: Great suggestion, Dave! Thank you.

David Stone from New York City on July 30, 2012:

Can't think of anything much to share. This is so thorough and well illustrated. But, as a vendor at arts and crafts fairs, I'd say virtually all these points apply to our open air markets too. Very helpful.

One thing I didn't see and some might consider is a last hour closing up sale. Some vendors, especially the farmers market vendors who join in our fairs, offer drastic discounts to move perishable products in the last hour, going from table to table and letting other vendors know. Most customers are gone by then, and it's a good time to move product and, for us, to do some convenient, discount shopping.

Heather B on July 28, 2012:

Looks like so much fun! There is something so satisfying about growing and selling your own produce. Well done!

gemjane on July 22, 2012:

A really good article! All your good ideas must have attracted a lot of visitors to your stand! We have a veggie garden and this year are growing tromboncino squash for the first time. One baby squash so far. Fortunately we have enough room and a sturdy trellis for them! If I have too many I hope my neighbor who has a stand at the local farmer's market will be willing to accept them as a gift to sell at her stand.

Itaya Lightbourne from Topeka, KS on July 12, 2012:

I do have a veggie garden this year and I'm loving it! This article is very well done and full of tips for selling at the Farmer's Market. Many blessings! :)

sheezie77 on June 22, 2012:

Fantastic lens, well done!

anonymous on June 21, 2012:

this is the 1st year a brother and i have gotten together and rented land for a garden, there's plenty planted ( far more than whats needed for the 2 families) so now i am checking out idea's for the market, seeing that this is a switch, we are the ones usually buying and now we will be selling, i have been to the local farmer's market and have bought from roadside stands before.

kimbesa from USA on June 20, 2012:

I keep coming back to this lens...thanks!

anonymous on June 18, 2012:

This Year I have started to grow my own Fruits and Vegetables, I haven't thought about a Booth or selling any of my Harvest. This is something I could consider, but primarily this Garden is for me and my Family! ;)

Jules Corriere from Jonesborough TN on June 05, 2012:

I'm just blown away by this fabulous lens. It kept me reading and thinking for half an hour. I love the idea of also sharing recipes along with the produce for sale. Congratulations on your purple star. really super job. Blessed.

steph-naylor on May 30, 2012:

Cool Lens!!I enjoyed reading! Youâve inspired me to start my own project!

VeseliDan on May 30, 2012:

I love to eat vegetables and I have my own garden. *blessed*

eccles1 on May 26, 2012:

I love love the red peppers and garlic Braids

Thank you

jeromeyoung on May 22, 2012:

I prefer eating vegetables than meat that's why I get attracted to topics concerning vegetables. Thanks for sharing your experience and ideas.

anonymous on May 20, 2012:

You are incredibly generous sharing your tips with all of us. I KNOW I will have an excess of vegetables so I am interested in how to share the bounty. Thank you for sharing the information, including the bit about the honour system. That's what we'll be doing, so I hope we're as fortunate as you were. Thanks again,

anonymous on May 20, 2012:

You are incredibly generous sharing your tips with all of us. I KNOW I will have an excess of vegetables so I am interested in how to share the bounty. Thank you for sharing the information, including the bit about the honour system. That's what we'll be doing, so I hope we're as fortunate as you were. Thanks again,

Gloria Freeman from Alabama USA on May 19, 2012:

Hi I enjoyed reading your lens, I know all about planting too much, and wondering what you are going to do with it all. I just love gardening and all the fresh veggie and fruit. I might be setting up my own Stand, thank for sharing.

NTxWriter on May 16, 2012:

I always try to buy from local growers if I can and I love fresh veggies. I have a vegetable and herb garden of my own and I buy from an organic food coop twice a month. I think it's really important to support local farmers.

bunitasmith on May 01, 2012:

Wonderful lens. I always tend to buy from a roadside stand or even a farmer"s market vendor. I will soon set up my own farmer's market stand.

dann7trdro lm on April 29, 2012:

nice and beautifully done

Rose Jones on April 29, 2012:

This is a wonderful lens. So pretty, and you chose really good products to feature. I loved your personal stories. Angel Blessed! Pinned to my board "How does Your Garden Grow?"

vegetablegardenh on April 29, 2012:

Great leans, I love your tips!

DiscoverWithAndy on April 29, 2012:

What great ideas! My girlfriend and I are hoping to move to the country and possibly even start a hobby-farm in a couple years. It's nice to see how to make it work!

I also love the idea of grouping veggies by recipe. I don't know how many times I've had to buy huge quantities of one veggie just to use some of it in one recipe and the rest would go bad before I had time to use it again. Thanks much!

emmaklarkins on April 28, 2012:

I love farmer's markets! It's interesting to know all the work that goes into them :)

squidluck on April 28, 2012:

Very nice educational and informative lense. Love the herbs garden.

anonymous on April 27, 2012:

Thanks for all the great ideas!

SteveKaye on April 27, 2012:

Farmer's markets are great. So I'm glad to see these tips. Thank you for publishing this lens.

spelaspela on April 26, 2012:

missing paper bags:)great lens!I love home-grown vegetables.

randomthings lm on April 26, 2012:

great the tips. AND LOVE recipe cards.

sherridan on April 26, 2012:

What a great lens and highlights the beauty and magic of organic, home grown produce

ikehook lm on April 26, 2012:

nice lens, I love fresh local veggies

purpleslug on April 26, 2012:

Wow! Great lens! Thanks for all the great information.

Fay Favored from USA on April 25, 2012:

Enjoyed my time at the market. Beautifully displayed.

Genesis Davies from Guatemala on April 25, 2012:

Awesome lens! I don't have a farm stand (or even a garden at this point, unless you count carrots planted in old pop bottles), but my mom does, so I'll be passing this along to her.

Stephen Bush from Ohio on April 25, 2012:

Excellent! Very interesting and informative. I grew up on a farm and enjoy farmers' markets as a link to the farm years in my life.

Renaissance Woman from Colorado on April 25, 2012:

Great tips. Thank you! I'm hoping to have enough excess produce this season to begin selling both veggies and cut flowers at city markets. Organic farming is something to which I aspire.

jholland on April 24, 2012:

Great ideas. Can't wait to try them at my next event.

YellowPagesofPakistan on April 24, 2012:

Nice sharing, good tips you have provided for farm market. fresh fruits can be achive by planting fruits in home, your provided ideas helps alot in this regard.

miaponzo on April 24, 2012:

I absolutely ADORE farmer's markets! Last time we were in the states (Aug) we went to the BIG farmer's market in Syracuse.. oh What FUN!!!!! Blessed!

anonymous on April 24, 2012:

love the colour choices an the basket idea..great lens

PuttinUpWithSuzy on April 24, 2012:

I love doing farmers' markets! I actually enjoy that more than doing craft shows, as my fellow vendors are a bit friendlier and not so competitive with each other. Having samples definitely helps to make more sales. Love your other ideas too.

Winter52 LM on April 24, 2012:

Love your headless gardener!! He would definitely draw attention!

MargaretJeffreys on April 24, 2012:

Great lens!

RippinT on April 24, 2012:

The farmer's markets here start really early in the morning. Its a great excuse to get up early, and buy some fresh produce. MMM

lclchors on April 23, 2012:

we will be doing farmer market for the first time this year so this lens is a great help

Lacy from Chenault on April 23, 2012:

I love shopping at local farmers markets. I end up eating healthier and better for it as well!

jlshernandez on April 23, 2012:

What a cool story this is. I often wondered how people set up their business in a Farmer's Market. It is such a fun experience to walk around on weekends at the stands and find some goodies to take home. Blessed********

Wednesday-Elf from Savannah, Georgia on April 23, 2012:

I stopped by as I love Farmers Markets and as I read I realized I'd been here before. On a search I found myself as my original alter ego before I changed my Squidoo name. So, here I am as your 'Elf' friend coming back as I'm on a self-quest of reading about zucchini today to celebrate 'National Zucchini Bread Day'!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on April 23, 2012:

We often go to farmers market even when we travel, we seek them out. I just find this very interesting.

Fcuk Hub on April 23, 2012:

I live in the city, but every Saturday is farmer market on in the town and I always truly enjoyed that.

Clairissa from OREFIELD, PA on April 22, 2012:

Great lens! I really enjoyed reading it.

YourFirstTime on April 22, 2012:

Some of the most interesting displays I've ever seen have been at the farmers market. Great info!

Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on April 22, 2012:

What a fun article to read! It sounds like your accidental produce stand did very well.

flycatcherrr on April 15, 2012:

This is so cool - your self-serve vegetable stand! We joke about opening a "honey u-pick" (beekeepers have a weird sense of what's funny) but do have a roadside honey stand that works on the "honor system" - we put out jars of honey at the stand, and people who stop to buy just put the money through a slot in the table, into a cash box mounted underneath. Every year, we come out ahead by a couple of dollars more than the value of the honey - restores my faith in human nature!

anonymous on April 07, 2012:

@sarahrk lm: i agree :)

brynimagire on March 27, 2012:

Amazing lens ! Nice post.

JoyfulReviewer on March 01, 2012:

Very colorful and informative lens ... thanks for the helpful tips.

hntrssthmpsn on February 29, 2012:

Adorable ideas for sprucing up a produce stand! Presentation makes such a difference... even seems to make the food taste better!

cottagecrafts on February 07, 2012:

Nice Lens, thanks for sharing it. Stop by and take a look at my post we have a lot in common.

seosmm on January 31, 2012:

Very informative lens. Great job!

anonymous on January 23, 2012:

It such a nice readings, includes how gardening could really help us somehow. Good photos also. Hope to see some photos of honey extractor used in producing pure honey. Thanks

anonymous on January 17, 2012:

This is a great lens! I am planning to set up a booth this summer at our local farmers market. You gave me a lot of good ideas and some things to think about. I never thought of doing things like adding recipes and value added items.

sarahrk lm on January 17, 2012:

I love shopping a farmers markets. The produce is so fresh.

JaredBroker on January 15, 2012:

Love the intro pic! Great lens and very important info as food prices rise and inflation is sure to keep increasing.

anonymous on January 13, 2012:

Looks like we have to stop to shop. I really enjoy all the readings, I love sunflowers it reminds me of my bees for sale venture. Anyway hope for more blogposts.Very much appreciated

nyclittleitaly on January 06, 2012:

great lens

marsha32 on December 25, 2011:

My friend and I are thinking of selling at the farmer's market, but our crafts. I'm sure between the 2 of our gardens we also will have some food products as well as some homemade cookies, muffins and the like too. Right now we are talking about it, haven't paid membership or space fees yet.

iWriteaLot on December 21, 2011:

Nice lens! We have a farmer's market here in town and I was thinking about setting up a table next year. Bookmarking your lens for your great tips. Blessed.

HomesteadingChic on December 17, 2011:

Oh wow! Thank you for all the information!! :) I don't sell at farmers markets yet, but I am hoping someday that we will have enough land to grow enough stuff to sell. I am saving this link for the future! :)

Mamaboo LM on October 11, 2011:

This is soooo cool!!! I sent it to my husband and told him "I need to do this". Thanks for the lens!!!

Ilona E from Ohio on September 30, 2011:

I think you've done an exceptional job creating a very helpful lens. It makes me feel I could open a farm market stand someday :)


E L Seaton from Virginia on September 29, 2011:

Nicely done. I really enjoyed the pictures and layout of your lens.

anonymous on September 09, 2011:

Ramkitten, very informative, eye-opening lens! You certainly have a depth of knowledge on this field. I love buying fresh fruits and vegetables from farm markets. You just can't compare the quality of local produce with that which has been shipped for thousands of kilometres from another country to a grocery store. You write very well! Thanks for posting this.

anonymous on September 07, 2011:

very enjoyable read! and full of great ideas for decorating! We're hoping to do a farmer's market themed wedding reception for my daughter soon, and the photos and suggestions will easily translate into decorating ideas for her special day.

CruiseReady from East Central Florida on September 03, 2011:

We don't grow any veggies, but do intend to start buying them from a farmers market rather than from the local store. So, when I sAw your title on a search, i had to come see.

Well done!

Mosoma on September 01, 2011:

Beautiful lens. Thank you.

3GFarmgirl on August 22, 2011:

Thanks for the great tips and advice. Will definitely make good use of it.

Lisa Auch from Scotland on August 18, 2011:

Hey Deb we went to view our dream farm last night, it has its very own orchard, plums pears, and vegetable patch! I remember reading about your farmers makret and wanted to come back, get some ideas as we put together a plan, and see if we can really do something. mpstly the land is DIY livery however i would love this sort of idea as the farmers markets in our area are great! If i could bless this again I would!

Jeanette from Australia on August 17, 2011:

What fabulous ideas! Blessed and added to my Growing Vegetables and Herbs lens.

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on August 14, 2011:

You've done a great job telling how to succeed with a farmer's market booth. I think interacting with the customers for a personal touch is important to draw customers in to return week-after-week to your booth.

Blessed by a squid angel and featured on You've Been Blessed.

Frankie Kangas from California on August 13, 2011:

Excellent lens with great ideas for farmers market booths. I just moved into a new home and haven't had the time this year to have a garden. Next year for sure! Blessed. Bear hugs, Frankster

LeanneOkamoto on August 12, 2011:

@Ramkitten2000: I think that's one of the best feelings. Especially these days when its easy to lose faith in humanity and compassion. Everything we sell is under $3 so we've even had IOU notes for a few cents and sure enough the following week we end up getting the balance. Of course once in a while people take things without paying but the way I see it, those people probably needed it. Thanks again for the inspiration. I look forward to reading more of your lenses. btw... I am from Hawaii but attended college at NAU. Miss those ponderosa pines :)

Karnel from Lower Mainland of BC on August 11, 2011:

I loved this lens, and I always try to buy from roadside stands and help out the locals, I never buy vegetables or fruit from the grocery stores, if there's no roadside stands around I use the farmers market it's on every week...

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