Anyone who is still reading this must be bored or really love me, lol, I 've been gone so long from this project..
What has been happening? Well, lots of moving around, trying out different markets, seeing what works and what doesn't..
I try to give every opportunity a fair shake, because you can never tell in advance what will be practical..although you can often tell that something won't work for you at all..here's a few tips..
Chances are, if the focus is strictly on food and fresh produce at a so-called Farmer's Market, you, as a crafter, are usually just filling a spot and helping to support the seasonal selling of farmers..that might be okay with you, you may do well in spite of that, depending on what you sell...but...don't assume that it will be a good fit. I find that there are few Markets where artisan work is appreciated or sells well..you have to try out different things. Because of this, I always recommend that your first foray into a Market should be as a drop in..a seasonal spot can be an expensive gamble, and if things don't work out, as a drop -in you have lost very little but one day vending fees and your time..whereas, if a market proves disastrous, there is no guarantee that you will be refunded your seasonal money (most markets won't refund...) and you can lose considerably, not just in fees but alternative markets might be full so that season of selling could be wasted..all these issues, and more, have happened to me..it is especially important, if you live in an area where holiday markets are popular, to get your application and fees in as soon as the sales are opened for vendors to apply..otherwise, you may lose out on a spot..
I know that most of this sounds somewhat negative, but believe me I am putting it on this blog for the best of reasons..so that you can profit from my experience if you are new to this world..