6 Ways in Which Local Farmers Benefit from Farmers’ Markets

6 Ways in Which Local Farmers Benefit from Farmers’ Markets

Illinois Green Pastures often come across fiber producers and other farmers who don’t fully understand why they should be marketing their products and selling them at local markets and to local companies. Selling at a farmers’ market is very valuable and has many benefits that they may not have when selling to big companies or supermarkets. These are the benefits of selling at a farmers’ market:
No middleman. When you sell your products directly to the public, you cut out the middleman and keep more of the profits for yourself.

You get to learn first-hand. At a farmers’ market, you have the opportunity to get feedback on what the customers want and what they are willing to pay. If you try a new sales approach or change a product, you will very quickly know whether it works or not. It is basically free research.
You save on packaging costs. Another reason why you can keep prices reasonable and save yourself some money. When you sell at a farmers’ market, you don’t need a lot of packaging and you most likely transport it yourself. This means lower production costs.
You determine the price. When you’re selling your stuff, you can decide what the price should be. No-one can tell you to sell for less than you want and you can keep prices low because you keep most of the profits.
You sell what you have. No-one determines how much or how little you can sell. You bring what you’ve got and you sell as much as you can.
You will have cash flow. The biggest problem that many businesses struggle with, is cash flow. During the months when you will be selling at the farmers’ market, you will never have a cash flow problem. From May to October, you will be golden.
When it comes to raw fiber, you may think it is not suited to a farmers’ market. However, bigger companies and other producers often visit these markets to find vendors and suppliers. Selling at a farmers’ market may be your ticket to the big time.

6 Health Benefits of Fiber that All Small-Holding Farmers Must Know

6 Health Benefits of Fiber that All Small-Holding Farmers Must Know

Fiber is a crucial part of the human diet. Part of the Illinois Green Pastures’ goals is to make sure that fiber producers understand the value of their product and why it is important to get it to formal markets. For today’s educational piece, we look at the benefits of fiber in the human diet.

It promotes weight loss – Many people in our country is either overweight or obese due to poor lifestyle choices and other factors. This puts them at great risk of developing diabetes. Fiber helps your body to feel full and makes you eat less. This helps in weight loss programs.
It helps control your blood sugar – The right kind of fiber will slow down your body’s breakdown of carbohydrates that become sugar. This helps to give you energy for longer and also controls your blood sugar.
It promotes better skin health – The fiber that we get from psyllium husk and other products helps the body to get rid of yeast and fungus. This helps because it moves out before it can be excreted through your skin and cause acne and other skin conditions.

It helps your heart – Studies have proven that a diet that is high in fiber can reduce the risk of heart problems by up to 40%. Healthy fiber and enough of it in your diet can help you live longer and healthier.
It helps with IBS – Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) has increased in the recent years. Eating enough fiber can help ease the symptoms and pains associated with IBS.
It helps to prevent certain health conditions – Eating fiber reduces the risk of developing diverticulitis, haemorrhoids, and gallstones and kidney stones. Fiber helps the body to be healthier and keep the blood sugar levels regulated.
It is important that fiber producers and the general public understand the value of fiber. It is important to offer these products to the public – for financial sustainability as well as the health of the community.

Steps for Getting a Local Farmers’ Market Set Up

Steps for Getting a Local Farmers’ Market Set Up

Farmers’ markets are great for supporting local farmers, entrepreneurs, and others. It often happens that farmers struggle to get their products sold because there is no place to do so. Not only is this a problem for them, but it also makes it difficult for the locals to get good quality fresh produce. One solution to this problem is to start a local farmers’ market. If you think that your community could benefit from such a market, we have the way to do that.
1. Find out whether there is a need for such a market. If you are reading this, you have most likely already identified a problem and decided it is necessary.

2. Get the community involved. The market is for the locals, so they get them involved and make them aware of the market. Approach people who might like to be vendors. Get schools, local newspapers, etc. to spread the word and become involved.
3. Choose the right vendors. Your vendors should include a variety of people and products that will create healthy competition but won’t prevent anyone from selling their goods. People who visit the market need to have a choice of products.
4. Involve the right organizations. Starting a farmers’ market is not a small task. Luckily, there are organizations in Illinois that can help you. You can approach the Illinois Farmers Market Nutrition Program, the Farmers Market Coalition, Local Harvest, and the National Association of Produce Market Managers.

5. Choose your location. The best place to have your market is somewhere where there is naturally a lot of people. Parks, plazas, parking lots, museums, etc. are all places where you could have the market.
6. Get the necessary paperwork. You can’t just start a market. You need permits, licenses, and other paperwork. You need to find out what the regulations are for starting a market and what permissions you need.
7. Work out your finances. There are many ways to finance a farmers’ market and keep it going. Do some research, speak to the local farmers market support organizations and get your things in place.
Setting up a farmers’ market will be hard work and it will cost money. However, if you know this will help your community, it is worth it.