Market offers space for small vendors

New businesses can start out at Farmers Market without the expense of brick-and-mortar location.

Remember Saturday? That day full of sun that ushered in July? We can be grateful for a break in the rains and the clouds while also being grateful for a lack of fires. Besides, it was the perfect kind of day for the Homer Farmers Market.

But warmth and sun are not the only thing outdoor markets were made for. They are for the vendors, an effort to provide a space for small businesses that can’t afford the expense of brick-and-mortar stores.

Even though the producers stack their booths up high with vegetables, like Lori who brought over 200 bunches of carrots, they would not be able to individually fill out a storefront. The Market is the perfect place for them to get their vegetables direct to the consumers while keeping their businesses small.

But farmers aren’t the only ones who benefit from the entrepreneurial opportunities of the Farmers Market. For example, the kettle corn business was recently purchased and the new owner was able to have a fine opening day at the Market. Keon now has a better idea of how many packages to make to keep everybody smiling.

If you made it to the last Wednesday Market in June, you would have seen the budding entrepreneurs of Kids Vending Day. Over a dozen kids participated, enjoying the opportunity to test the Market for their wares. The next one will be just before school starts on Aug. 16 so we can see what the kids have built over the summer.

But young new entrepreneurs aren’t the only people who appreciate the diversity of customers that come to the Market. Artists like Jean Steel have been following their creative impulses for years and thoroughly enjoy sharing them at the market. You can see Jean’s eyes light up when she starts describing her latest inspiration: asemic writing. You can see the lovely effect incorporated into her new colorful collages.

So come on down to the Homer Farmers Market on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or Wednesdays from 2-5 p.m. and see a glimpse into the creativity of our community.