Tent Talk is a podcast for farmers' market managers, farmers, food makers, and anyone who counts on farmers’ markets as a source of income. Please join us as we interview farmers’ market experts, talk about ways to improve local food communities, and provide you with tips on building a successful farmers’ market business.
Tent Talk is produced by Farmers Market Pros.
Wrapping up your 2021 farmers market season
It’s that time of year again! Kids are going back to school, tourists are starting to head home, and there’s a slight chill in the air. Since many farmers markets across the country are wrapping up their 2021 seasons soon, this week we're sharing tips for closing out your market season on a high note and what to do during the “off season” to make next year even more successful. This week's episode is made possible by support from Vendor-101.
Libby Lefanowicz on building her plant-based brand at the farmers market
Our guest this week is Vendor-101 grad, Libby Lefanowicz, the owner, founder and Chief Maker of plant-based desserts at Kula Ice Cream. In this episode Libby explains how she juggles increasing production and developing new flavors while also selling at multiple farmers markets a week, the importance of a well-trained staff, and future plans for her newly-opened commercial kitchen and scoop shop. This week's episode is made possible by support from Local Food Marketplace.
Ashley Drakeford on re-envisioning your local food system
This week on Tent Talk our guest is Ashley Drakeford of The Capital Market in Capitol Heights, Maryland. In this episode Ashley shares the story behind The Capital Market and the role it plays in bringing food justice and equity to her community. We also chat about the importance of vendor training and The Capital Market's produce buyback program. This week's episode is made possible by support from Nutrition Incentive Hub.
Reactivating a farmers market that has been dormant
It's been 18 months since the first round of COVID-19 shutdowns and some farmers markets that closed in response to the pandemic are just now starting to reactivate, or are planning to do so in 2022. But reopening a farmers market isn't as simple as flipping a switch! This week Catt, Brijet and Justine talk about what it takes to reopen an inactive market, from recruiting vendors to community outreach. This week's episode is made possible by support from InTents: the Farmers Market Conference.
Jon and Amanda on expanding their business while staying true to their farmers market roots
Our guests this week are Jonathan Przybyl and Amanda Abou-Eid, owners and bakers at Proof Bread in the Phoenix, Arizona metro area. After four years of baking in their garage, Proof Bread has expanded into a commercial bakery space and is now sold at 5 weekly markets across Arizona. Tune in this week to hear Jon and Amanda's incredible story of how they've expanded their business while staying true to their farmers market roots. This week's episode is made possible by support from The Food Corridor.
Punita Patel on balancing your farmers market dreams with reality
This week our guest is Punita Patel, owner and chief buffalo milker at Backyard Buffalo. Punita raises water buffalo and sells Indian specialty foods at farmers markets in Jacksonville Florida, while advocating for sensible regulation of small, local dairies. In this episode we chat about balancing farmers market dreams with reality and the process of adjusting your product line to fill the needs of consumers. This week's episode is made possible by support from The Kitchen Door.
Can’t say Thanks enough
I absolutely LOVE this podcast. This was my first year as a farmers market manager and Tent Talk helped in more ways than I can count! I listen every week and even follow Bridjet on Instagram! As soon as Covid is over, I hope to fly out West to the Conference and meet y’all in person! I have learned so much and look forward to more episodes in the future!
Some of this information is helpful, but it gets bogged down in their personal opinions.
Great podcast for market vendors, too!
I love listening to this knowledgeable group each week! Despite living in different areas of the country, I always learn something new about how to make my vendor experience better at my local farmers’ market.