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October 22, 2018
Rachyl’s favorite part of Rachyl’s Goat Milk Soap is attending local farmers’ markets! She loves seeing customers returning (she has their orders memorized, remembers their names, and knows what questions to ask about their lives!) and meeting new customers. With a friendly, happy smile she’s ready to answer questions and recommend specific products for specific needs.
If you’ve never been, a farmers’ market is a local outdoor market where craftsmen, farmers, and similar small businesses set up tables under popup tents to sell their products, generally on a set weekly day and time. Some farmers’ markets happen year round or are indoors while others are short term on a seasonal basis.
You can find just about anything at a farmers’ market from fresh produce to meat or baked goods, handmade home goods and decorations, sometimes even petting zoos or animal rides. Most farmers’ markets accept cash, while some vendors also accept credit or debit cards, checks, and EBT/SNAP for valid purchases. Other farmers’ markets require that you prepay to receive specific currency, like a token at an amusement park. The best way to be prepared is to call ahead and ask! When in doubt, bring cash. You will also need your own bags (bonus if they are reusable or recycled!).
One of the many perks of a farmers’ market is meeting the local vendors who actually create, raise, grow, or otherwise produce the item(s) you are purchasing. You can ask questions and truly know what you are buying and where your money is going. More often than not, vendors are local, family-run, small businesses so you are supporting a good cause! Many vendors also participate in charities, donations, or fundraisers so your contribution goes even further! The local economy thanks you!
Don’t see anything you want or like? Another perk is that you can discuss a custom order! Many vendors are open to meeting your specific needs and will take the time to truly understand what you are looking for and how they can help.
This year, we will be participating in the following Rhode Island farmers’ markets:
April 16, 2019