Author: Cathleen Vought

Cathleen Vought

Farmer Market display ready to sell vegetables

Fitting and Proper: Setting Up a Farmers Market Booth that Sells

When you go to a farmers market, there are some booths that are almost overwhelmed with customers and other stands that just don’t do so well. What’s the difference between these booths? When I started my first real business over two decades ago, my display was pretty bad. I barely sold anything. Since that time, I’ve improved how I set up a display, whether it’s selling mulberries and eggs at a farmers market booth or art prints, fiber art and flameworked glass jewelry.

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There are many aspects to running your own market farm - these forms provide a glimpse of the tax and legalese, just one area.

Legalese: Concerns When Setting Up a Direct-to-Consumer Operation

When you start growing for market, you only need to worry about growing good farm products and finding customers to buy them, right? Unfortunately, in today’s legal world, there are a wide range of requirements you’ll need to meet as a market gardener. Some of these issues cover public health; others tie into specific regulations while others cover liability if someone comes to your farm and is injured. Here are some common issues that come up when you’re establishing a market farming business and how to protect yourself and your farm against risk. when getting into business selling direct to the consumer.

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Two girls playing is mud on farm

The Family Business: Getting (and Keeping) Everyone Involved in the Farm

Farm families know how to keep it together. They work hard, play hard and have fun in the process. Unfortunately, it’s getting harder and harder to keep kids on the farm because of increased regulatory requirements, input costs and competition from foreign markets. Combined with the attitude many children pick up from their peers in school, it can make it really difficult to get and keep everybody involved in farm operations for this generation and for years to come. Here’s my view from the pasture on how to make it work.

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Two girls playing is mud on farm

The Family Business: Getting (and Keeping) Everyone Involved

Farm families know how to keep it together. They work hard, play hard and have fun in the process. Unfortunately, it’s getting harder and harder to keep kids on the farm because of increased regulatory requirements, input costs and competition from foreign markets. Combined with the attitude many children pick up from their peers in school, it can make it really difficult to get and keep everybody involved in farm operations for this generation and for years to come. Here’s my view from the pasture on how to make it work.

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