|Brian Beevers, Owner|
Brian's Farmers' Markets
Always good to hear from you! I am doing well. Business is good and I have been inundated with people wanting a farmers market in their neighborhoods and this year I am looking at trying something different.
I am looking to gain support through crowdfunding. So basically, it would work like this: I would set up a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. We would get the word out about it. I would set a reasonable financial goal and if the community wants a farmers market they will meet that goal.
I lost way too much money with the Clairemont Market last summer. I stuck it out way too long in hopes that the community would rise up again. The community has to realize that when they stop supporting the market on a WEEKLY basis, the market then does not have the money to continue marketing and the spiral downward begins.
This is not a matter of marketing... these were our regulars... people who knew very well about the market. So at that point the vendors start to drop because they have to make enough to bring at least a little income home. It is a real job for the vendors, the way they make a living; while they would love to be supporters and stick it out out for a long haul, financially it may be impossible for them to do that.
It is also important to note for those that say "where is the fish vendor or where is the fancy olive oil vendor?" and claim that is the reason they stopped coming....the specialty vendors cannot come to a market that is not supported enough by the community because they have highly perishable and more expensive items. They won't even start a market until they see that it has proven itself over decent amount of time. Moral of the story: if the vendors that are at the market are doing well and making money, word travels and every vendor would be knocking down my door.
The community must come together and make it a priority to do their MAIN shopping at the market if they want it to succeed. Plain and simple.
Come Mid -March, 2015 I will have a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds. If the goal is met I will restart the market and the money raised will go directly to the following categories:
1. Cover all permits and insurance fee: Dept of Health, Dept of Ag, Insurance for the market.
2. A decent donation to those that provided the land for our use.
3. Marketing; I would like to plan for one year's worth of marketing.
I figured.... what a great way to see if the community REALLY wants a market... if they put money towards getting it going again that might just be the "buy in" and community sense of ownership that we need. :)
Also, while my letter may seem overly critical of Clairemont, it is truly because I love this community... as you know I have worked for years to get a market here and I believe in this community. I have high hopes.
Brian Beevers, Owner
Brian's Farmers' Markets
619 795 3363