FAQ for Shoppers
1. It's easy to shop for the locally produced, artisan foods on this American Farmer's Market website. You just click on the Farmer's Market page, and scroll down the Directory, clicking on any categories you're interested in. Each producer whose membership has been processed and has signed on as a fully participation member, will be listed in Bold & Red. Once you click on a category, an alphabetical list of all the local and regional producers of products in that category will appear. As you click on any producer's link, you will go directly to the page on their website for products in the category you're seraching for. When you find items you'd like to purchase, just follow the instructions for the web store you're currently visiting. back to top When you're finished with your shopping at one store, go to their email link and send them a confirmation that your purchase was made as part of America's Farmer's Market, and let them know the name and address of the school you want 50% of the profits of your purchase to go to, copying us at email@example.com for a cross reference. As soon as each individual store receives your order and email, you will receive a confirmation of the order by email from the store.
Once you're finished at one store, you can visit other stores in that category, or go to some of the hundreds of other stores in any other category. All purchases are made at each individual store, just as would happen if you were shopping in a traditional bricks and mortar shopping mall. Once a month, each participating producer in the Market will send us a list of Public Schools designated to receive contributions and the funds received for this purpose from sales on their web store. The results will be listed on this site each month.
Since it is a time consuming process to communicate this opportunity to each producer, and our resources are still very limited, if you find a producer's products which you'd like to purchase, but the producer is not identified in Bold & Red as a participant yet, just send us a quick email at info@americasfarmers,arket.org, and we'll contact them ASAP, explaining America's Farmers Market to then, and let you know when they have been included as part of the offical funding operation. 2. The operations of America's Farmer's Market is funded by ad fees paid by suppliers of the products and services needed by producers to produce artisan food products, on our Specialty Food's Best Resources website, as well as from revenues from our book, How to Make a Profit Creating & Selling Your Own Specialty Food Products in the USA, available from Amazon.com. Operations includes both labor and technology costs. This allows 100% of all revenues from purchases on AFM to be divided 50-50, between each producer and the public school designated to receive funding, specified with each order. back to top 3. America's Farmer's Market was created by Harvey Clark of Boylston, Massachusetts. He is the founder of Mondi Enterprises Inc., which produces and sells American Salad Dressings, www.americansaladdressing.com, Angus Sauces , www.angussauces.com, Mondi's Vegan Cooking Sauces, www.vegancookingsauces.com , as well as the author of "How to Make a Profit Creating and Producing Your Own Specialty Food Products in the USA", available on Amazon.com. All of the above create funding for America's Farmers Market. back to top
4. It all started with an idea, to do something like Paul Newman did to earn enough profits to do something really worthwhile by selling our own specialty food creations, some dressings and cooking sauces. Well, after several years of trying to do just that, and finding out profitability is easier said than done, this evolved into another idea. This time, the idea was based on why the last idea wasn't so easy to accomplish. It seems that in order to sell enough units of an item to pay all the costs of selling your specialty food products on a large enough scale to make enough profits to do something good with, there usually turns out to be far more fees, costs & expenses than anticipated, like brokers, distributors and store mark-ups & promotions, just to start with, and little or no profits to show for the efforts.
Coincidentally, that's just how it seemed when talking with others travelling down the same specialty foods road, trying to make a profit creating and selling their own food products. It was usually pretty discouraging. Anyway, that's what inspired the next idea, this website. You see, we still wanted to create profits the way Paul Newman's food business did, and do some real good, so this led to a new plan. Our initial goal was selling our own food products to help public schools needing more funding, as is often mentioned on the evening news. The new challenge became trying to figure out how to create a way all small, struggling specialty food producers everywhere could somehow unite to become successful, doing some good as well. That brings us to America's Farmer's Market. Here's how the new plan came about.
While viewing our local public school's website, we noticed there were links to some on-line malls which gave a small portion of their revenues to the schools, if the school signed on and added a link to the mall on their site. That, combined with what has been mentioned above, inspired the idea of America's Farmer's Market. This new concept, selling directly to consumers as at a farmer's market via public school websites, could help all participating schools, as well as all participating small specialty food producers. In fact, by selling directly to consumers and eliminating many of the costs of selling in traditional stores, there will be enough profits to give 50% to participating schools, and still make better profits for small local food production businesses than before.
100% of all revenues from purchases on America's Farmer's Market will go to public schools and local specialty food producers. Funding for this website comes from add fees paid by the suppliers of the products and services needed to create the gourmet food products seen our Specialty Food's Best Resources website. Thus, has evolved the idea for America's Farmer's Market. back to top 5. Other similar concepts give only a small percent of the profits from the sale of products on their on-line malls, with the majority of revenues going to corporate profits, many of which are based overseas. On America's Farmers Market, 100% of the profits from all sales on this website will be divided 50-50 between local small business and the public schools designated to receive funding from AFM customers. back to top 6. In order to see a record of all funding for public schools to date, just click on the "Funding Record" button, and follow the prompts. There will be a new list for the previous month's funding received, each month. back to top 7. Shipping charges are at the discretion of each producer. Obviously UPS, FedEx, the US Postal System, or whoever you use for shipping, always collects a fee for shipping, regardless of what is shipped, or where it is shipped to. Thus, in order for a small producer to offer "free shipping", the shipping fee must be factored into the cost structure of each producer in some manner. Either it's factored into the selling price of each product, or it must be added to the purchase cost, or a combination of both. That's just the way it is an probably will need to be to begin with. In time, as America's Farmers Market becomes better known, it is hoped that all shipping resources will have better 'creative pricing" for America's Farmers Market shipments. If you have any recommendations or suggestions for an individual producer to reduce shipping costs in some way, please contact us with your thoughts. back to top