When I think of walking into a farm shop, I can smell all the wonderful scents that fill the room and picture the extraordinarily kind workers asking if they can help me, giant smiles across their faces. A farm shop is all about providing the local fare that is not available in large cities — and about getting that down-home country feel with reasonable prices.
Eating locally grown food is a rising trend in which the demand is high, but the supply is not always easy to locate. One of the most important products to stock the shelves with is a variety of locally grown fruits, nuts and vegetables. Many Americans are changing the way they eat and the way they shop: healthier and organically.
More Tasty Treats and Local Fare
Shoppers crave local dairy products, such as cow's and goat's milk, as well as a variety of cheeses made from the milk. Local honey is a very important product to keep stocked on the shelves for a variety of reasons, not all of them culinary. Because of its high sugar content, honey is antimicrobial, which works for treating burns and cuts, while helping prevent a scar from forming. Eating locally collected honey is said to help fight allergies in many people as well, plus it tastes pretty darn good. Next to your honey section, add locally made jams and jellies.
My favorite part of a farm shop is the knickknacks and bric-a-brac. Demdaco carries a series of Willow Tree angels and figurines that capture the sentimental moments in life. These popular items make perfect gifts. Homemade soaps and candles are always a great find in a local farm shop.
A farm shop is part of the community. Working with local artisans who hand-make gifts and crafts will give you an opportunity to take a profit for displaying and selling the artists' work, as well as to widen the artists' exposure. Shoppers will love the opportunity to find one-of-a-kind necklaces, purses, artwork and more.