Today my family and I went ‘farmer market hopping ‘ as a birthday surprise for my mom. Her birthday isn’t until tomorrow, but since I work tomorrow night I wanted to do something for her today. My solution? Give her money, bring her to a bunch of farmers markets, and set her loose!
Back story time: When we were stationed over in Germany (Army Brat here 😁👍) my mother and I used to bike over to the commissary and get fresh baked goods. We then would bike over to a local park to have a picnic, just her and me. This is what I was trying to ‘re-create’ with my little adventure today, but Covid threw is some curve balls..
We started out strong by going to a farmer’s market called; ‘Fresh on Q‘. (Kalamazoo)
This farmers market was amazing! They had a bit of everything.. Fruits, veggies, mushrooms, soaps, knitted hats/gloves, homemade masks, baked goods, and probably much more that I didn’t see or can’t remember.. I ended up getting some homemade chap-stick from this lady that sold soaps and got to talk to her about her knitted fingerless gloves (I told her I crochet them as well).
My father had found and had gotten us all crescents and they tasted JUST like the ones we used to eat in Germany. Then finally, when we were all done looking at the booths (and I was done talking to all of the lovely booth owners), we left and went on to farmers market #2.
The second farmers market was kind of a disappointment.. It was SUPPOSED to be a big barn filled with people selling meat products. What we FOUND was an empty barn, a little hut full of freezers with meat in them, and a very friendly dog that followed us around as we walked to and from the ‘hut’.
We didn’t stay long at the ‘meat market’ and quickly went on our way to the next farmers market. I’m sure that before Covid hit, it was probably a very busy place. Sadly, with Covid running around like a little troll biting our ankles, we just can’t seem to have nice things while it is around.
ON TO THE THIRD MARKET!
First off, the third market we were supposed to go to was actually supposed to be a little farm store. However, my GPS brought me to this spot where there were houses on the right, deep woods on the left, and no farm store around (the farm store was supposed to be on the left..)! While going through town however, we found a little farmers market set up in the middle of town (Dowagiac) that turned out to be a little hidden gem! (Sadly, I had left the camera in the car for all three markets and I am now kicking myself because I hadn’t gotten any pictures!)
Anyways, the little farmers market in Dowagiac had a lot of great things and some very sweet ladies at the booths! I ended up getting some pumpkin bread, a really cute face-mask with cows on it, and some M&M cookies (I bought two bags, but ate one bag before I took a picture).
I honestly didn’t want to leave this market because I was having so much fun talking to the ladies. But with Covid there were very few public restrooms open, and with being out all day we had to leave and find a quick rest stop.
After all of the excitements with the markets, we were all pretty tired and the only thing we had eaten were crescents from the first market. So we stopped at McDonald’s for some lunch, and then headed home for a nap!
All in all, it was a pretty good day. My mother and I ended up getting some pretty cool things (she got some Zucchini bread and some good smelling wax melts) and I got to see some of the local markets for the first time!
I think that visiting all of these markets really confirmed that I am on the right path for my future. Although I may not have my market farm today, I will have my market farm someday.. I will do whatever it takes today, to make a better tomorrow.
I hope you all enjoyed reading about my trip! Have you ever been to a farmers market? If so, what was your favorite part about it?! Comment below!
As always, smile, have an amazing day, and remember to always follow your dreams. ❤
We’ve sold at our farmers market for several years. I enjoy getting to talk all the people. We’ve got a nice pavilion at ours that everybody is under, but if you’re out in the open, make sure to get you one of those pop up tents.
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I’ve sold my yarn products at a local festival for the last two years, so I’ve acquired a pop up tent because of that. I think that it is so cool that you’ve gotten to sell at your farmers market for so long. I can’t wait to start selling at an actual farmers market someday, I’m just trying to look around my area and find one that isn’t crazy expensive! The bluegill festival I sold at before wanted $65 for a booth for 2-3 days (it was a once a year thing). The farmers market in Dowagiac however, is $10 a week, but there is very little traffic. I’m hoping to find one that has a sweet medium..
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We do a farmers’ market every Saturday, for many their only source of income which is why I decided to assist and started marketing it on Twitter, Google and a new blog here called Langsdiebos (beside the forest.) It is in a little scout hall, so out of the weather and quite cosy. We need to attract more feet and also exhibitors although the average count of regulars is around 20-25. We sell herbs & spices as well as handmade jewellery, others do preserves, bread made on the grid, jaffles, pancakes (the big ones, not flapjacks), fresh fruit, veg, free range eggs, poultry, meat, cheese & butter, artasanal breads, samoosas, fried hake & chips, etc,
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Wow, that sounds like an amazing market! Where is it you are located? Here in the US, or in another country? Marketing on Twitter and Google are smart ideas. That’s why I started my blog, so that when I start my business, I already have a platform to share it on!
I’m looking at ones near me that I can possibly sell at someday, but the big ones with a lot of foot traffic are very expensive, and the cheep ones don’t have many people selling/coming to them. I wonder which one is worth it sometimes.. Maybe selling at both would be worth it? Still trying to figure it out.
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Grow with a smaller, more affordable market. We are in Malmesbury, South Africa about an hour northwest of Cape Town. Find Langsdiebos on GoogleMaps or at https://langsdiebos-mark.business.site/?m=true There’s a lot of photos.
Here is a link to our fledgling market blog, more will be added soon. https://langsdiebos.wordpress.com