It is always good to discover new ways to bring in some extra income, and it is even better if you can do it with your own talent and resources. Not everyone has a green thumb and your harvest could be vital to someone who really needs it. In case you haven’t noticed, the world is filled with chemical induced products that are making people sick every day. Having the ability to have some fresh garden grown vegetables is something that everyone needs. Not only are you saving yourself money at the grocery store, but you can also make money at the grocery store too — what a concept.
Let’s make a deal!
Check with your local grocery store, gourmet restaurants, and eateries to see if they need a new local source for produce. Let them know what you have to offer and strike up a deal with them. In Whole Foods, there is always a sign that says “locally grown,” and it usually comes from one of the local farmers nearby. Go talk to the manager or the person in charge of buying products and add yourself to the list. Gourmet restaurants that have an actual chef will use fresh locally grown produce if possible. Let them know who you are and your bountiful harvest could be eaten by the entire community. Do not go to McDonalds or Burger King; try the restaurants that you have trouble pronouncing the name with the frilly awnings. They will love meeting you.
There is usually a farmers market in every small town that will offer local produce. Even the big cities like New York have them regularly. Talk to the coordinator and you can set up your very own booth and sell directly to the public. You may have to pay a fee for the booth or a percentage of your earnings to the coordinator, but it is worth it. Once the public knows who you are and what you have to offer, you will begin to build a following and have study customers every week. It could become very lucrative.
You have the option of posting signs that let people know that you have produce for sale on your property. When the harvest is ready, people could stop by and collect their goods from you instead of driving to the grocery store. You could become the neighborhood farmers market yourself. You could also drive to a common place in the area and sell produce from your own truck or vehicle stand. I have seen this done a million times over the years and not just for produce.
Keep in mind that your produce is a commodity that people need, so don’t get discouraged if someone turns you down. Keep going and try the next person.
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