The term “farmers market” might inspire images of bountiful booths stocked with only fruits and vegetables. However, markets are constantly evolving to include a wider variety of goods. Farmers often use their crops in other ways beyond just selling them straight to customers. Here are some of the other products that you might see at farmers markets:
- Handmade Soaps
Soap makers often bring their products to farmers markets. While it might not be immediately clear how the two are linked, once you talk to the people making the soap it makes a lot of sense. Soap can be made with natural ingredients and enhanced with some common produce. Soap makers often add the fruits they grow on their farms to enhance the scents of the soaps they sell, like lemon or orange.
- Local Teas
Growing and selling specialized blends is becoming very popular at farmers markets. Often, these booths will have samples for visitors to taste the products on sale and learn more about the process of tea growing. Since there are so many types of teas, it’s easy to craft unique flavours that you won’t be able to find anywhere else.
- Organic Pet Foods
Pets and farmers markets typically go hand-in-hand. Visitors love bringing their animals to stroll through outdoor markets, and the farmers caught on to the trend. Many booths now sell homemade dog treats and pet foods to satisfy the animals that their regular customers bring.
- Jellies and Jams
When fruits are in their peak seasons, many farmers find themselves with excess crops. One of the easiest ways to extend the shelf life of these fruits is to turn them into jellies and jams. Making these delicious spreads and sealing them in air-tight containers will help customers to enjoy the flavour of their favorite fruits even when they are no longer in season.