When was the last time you visited your local farmer’s market? If it’s been a while, this week is the perfect time to stop by for home-grown fruits and veggies, not to mention baked goods, honey, artisan creations and a whole lot more. Still weighing a visit to the grocery store vs. the market? Here are three great reasons to support a farmer’s market near you:
1. According to the Farmer’s Market Coalition, when you spend $100 at your community market, 62 percent of that investment stays in the local economy.
2. For every $1 million they earn in revenue, local growers create 13 new jobs.
3. Farmer’s markets support a unique local supply chain. Consider this scenario: An organic feed company sells supplies to a local chicken farmer … who sells eggs and meat at the farmer’s market … that’s bought by community members and neighborhood restaurants … which leads to happy customers and a healthy small businesses community!
Supporting a farmer’s market is a fantastic way to contribute to the overall economic health of your community. And, if you’re a vendor at your local market, you know it’s a great opportunity to build your brand, test new products and establish meaningful connections with customers and clients, too.
Want yet another reason to grab your reusable grocery bags and head to the local farmer’s market? You’ll meet and support some wonderful, hard-working entrepreneurs. In QB Community, we’re inspired by farmer’s market aficionados like Jessica Bruno (@jessbru), who sells award-winning organic baked goods from her family bakery at markets in the Chicago area and Jason and Vachi Baum, a husband and wife team selling authentic Belgian-style waffles in the Seattle area.
QB Community members, what’s your favorite way to invest in your local small business community?
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