The Little Chefs Farmers Market is a quarterly market that offers the opportunity for young entrepreneurs, ages 10-17, to showcase and sell their product or service to the public. Kids develop a brand, create a product or service, build a marketing strategy, and then open for customers once every 3 months.
What is the process?
Young entrepreneurs first make an important decision: they hire themselves! They then bring their parents or guardians to attend an Orientation Event to learn more. At orientation, students learn about the simple application process and all other event details. Next, they'll apply, and then begin to launch their product or service. The children plan their business at every level: product, service, marketing, accounting, cost of goods, pricing, profit, etc. Through this process, children learn a sense of wonder, the importance of hard work, taking responsibility, and gaining confidence in the next challenge.
Applicants must be between the ages of 10 - 17 on or before the DATE OF THE EVENT.
Each booth consists of one (1) 6-foot table and 2 chairs. Tents are permitted but not provided. Extra chairs, tables, signage, are permitted, however we ask that you please be considerate of your space and do not impose on your neighbor.
No more than 4 participants per booth/business. Wrist bands for identification of vendors will be provided at registration. (please provide names/info on application)
Vendor entry fee is $50 per business which will be paid at the time of registration. This is to reserve the entrepreneur’s spot at the fair and hold them accountable to attend, as spots are limited.
Please note that you may help your child fill out the application, depending on their age, please promote that they complete as much as possible on their own.
We will limit the number of businesses in specific categories, so you will have the most profitable experience possible. This will be determined on a first come, first serve basis.
No animals are permitted. No open flames are permitted.
Parents of younger children may sit in their booth, but the children are to be responsible for the setup, sales and interacting with the customers.
This event is designed to give children a taste of selling a product. Please let them have that experience.
Parents may unintentionally tend to make children’s events stressful. What is needed from parents are clear boundaries and backstage organization. Then, let the students flourish. Remember its all about their opportunity.
Parents may tend to get ahead of their children in passion. There is great value in your child not getting everything done in time. This will help them learn. Make sure they create a product or service they are excited about. Remember the parental adage that “there is blessing in a skinned knee.”
Do not do the work for the children. If the product or service looks messy, that is ok; in fact, that is great! Encourage your children to make a valuable product or service, but never take the role of manager or owner. Your child is the Chairman, CEO, and owner. Let your child be those things!