In Praise of Shopping Your Local Farmer’s Market

I just celebrated my first year selling my aromatherapy products at my local farmer’s market. When I look back at one year ago, I’m shocked by how it’s both a blink of an eye and how long ago it was. I’ve met the best people as a vendor. Here are just a few…

Melissa is a baker who is also a single mom of 3 kids, one with special needs. She works at three markets a week: Friday, Saturday and Sunday. She does this so she can be there for her kids during the week. She works at a market on Friday night, stays up all night baking for Saturday, gets a few hours sleep, rinse and repeat for Sunday. She also owns a bakery where she works in the morning and closes early in the afternoon so she can be there for her kids when they come home from school. Every week I stand in awe of how she makes it all happen and I’m also not sure how I ever lived without her carrot cake.

Carole makes her own dog food. It’s organic, well researched and developed with the help of a veterinarian. Carole is so special to me because for some reason she took me under her wings in the beginning. She has been instrumental in encouraging me to keep on going during the tougher days and is a pillar of strength and support for me. She also is helping us resolve our dog’s newly developed allergies with her chicken bone broth. It is nothing short of miraculous!

Kelley works full time and makes her crystal sun catchers. She was my first customer, and I am forever grateful for her support and her solid ideas and questions that make me look a little deeper into my “why’s.” She is my go-to for unique gifts for family and friends.

These are just three people at one market. I am fortunate to know so many more. The common denominator that vendors seem to have in common is that their business is a labor of love. Whether it is their actual career or a side business, they work. It’s often years of training and practice, hours and many dollars of failed products. One time, I had ten of my most expensive oil blends lined up, ready to cap them up when I accidentally knocked one over and they all fell like dominoes. It was over $100 in lost product and I wanted to cry! It’s almost a guarantee that you have a new product that you’re sure will be blockbuster hit and it doesn’t sell at all!

We are there rain or shine, in cold and windy weather and also on 100-degree days. Often, our significant others are there helping us; and they are sacrificing an entire day to help us live our dreams. In a larger way, they are the unsung heroes because it’s not their dream, but somehow it becomes a part of them, too.

So please, buy local, and shop your local farmer’s market. Meet the people behind the product. You’ll make their day and yours as well!

Lynn Devasto
Lynn "Pippy" DeVasto is an NAHA Level 1 Certified Aromatherapist specializing in custom crafted therapeutic blends. She can be found on all things social @pippysbotanicals as well as on her website. When not blending oils, she can be found at the beach with her granddaughters looking for the most beautifully imperfect shells.

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