|SOULARD MARKET http://stlouis.missouri.org/citygov/soulardmarket/index.html 730 Carroll Street, St. Louis, MO 63104 314 622-4180||product:75% non-food: yes, weekdays $10.00, weekends: $20.00, Business License: St. Louis|
|Sappington http://www.sappingtonfarmersmkt.com/ 8400 Watson Rd., St. Louis, MO 63119||must qualify as Farmer|
|Tower Grove http://www.tgmarket.org/tgfm-home.php Northwest Dr. & Central Cross Dr.ST. Louis, MO 63139||can work with other farmers, 150 miles from St. Louis, must register farm. Weekends: $35.00|
|Downtown Tower Grove http://www.tgmarket.org/dtfm-home.php Locust bewtween 8th and 9th, St. Louis||can work with other farmers, 150 miles from St. Louis, must register farm.Weekends: $20.00|
|Clayton Farmers Market http://www.claytonfarmersmarket.com/ 8282 Forsyth Bloulevard, St. Louis, MO 63105||weekends: $25.00, Business License required|
|Florissant Farmers Market http://fergusonfarmersmarket.com/ 20 S. Florissant, Florissant, MO 63135||membership + $15.00|
|Kirkwood Farmers Market http://www.downtownkirkwood.com/|
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Organizing for the Farmers Market
While it is still too early to plant I am going to plan for the Farmers Market. Last year(2010) I tried various set ups and this year I will do the same. I have made some aprons I will try to sell and then I am going to try dried spices and fresh and dried herbs. I am also going to try fresh pastas and some sauces to expand my market.
I didn’t have apple butter last year or any of the canned, picante’s, pickles and canned jalapenos to start the season, this year I will.
I am also doing research on all the Farmers Markets with a close proximity to see how they set up and sell as well as I will try to visit some of the Organic Farms within Missouri to see how they process their products and what they are successful in selling.
One of the major differences between the Farmers Market here in Louisiana that I attend and some that I visit in St. Louis and surrounding areas is the time in which they are open. Most open from Wednesday to Sunday, the one in Louisiana is open only on Saturday only. Louisiana charges $5.00 for the one day while others will charge $10.00 for weekdays and $20.00 for the weekends. The higher charge would not benefit me as I am only making between $25.00 to $75.00 on the weekend here in Louisiana now, so my small home garden is already not suited for the bigger cities.
This booth charge difference might be a clue to those of you that have a home garden large enough to sell items yet not big enough to handle the $20.00 charge. Look for a smaller town Farmers Market to participate in to get started.
Below are some comparisons between Missouri Farmers Markets to help you find the market that may suit you.