General Products Including Caramel Sauces, Jams, Pickles, Olive Oils, Aged Balsamic Vinegar, Coffee, Green Tea, Olives, and more.
The General Store offers a variety of mostly artisanal, consumable products that are predominantly locally made. All products are hand selected by the market organizers to ensure the best quality. Owned and operated by the Central Sarasota Farmers Market, the store was created to fulfill several different tasks.
First, there are many products that we and our shoppers would like to have at the market. Many of these products come from small, local businesses that are already in other markets on Saturday and don’t have the resources to expand into the Central Market. The General Store allows these vendors an outlet to expand their business into a different farmers market.
Second, the General Store is a great way for local vendors to gauge how their products will fare in our market without having all the expense of becoming a full-time vendor. The store offers potential vendors a “space rental” option where the vendor can rent a small space in the store and the store personnel will manage selling their products for a few weeks. This minimizes financial risks for both the General Store and the potential vendor. We also purchase some products wholesale.
Third, the General Store allows for more local products to make it into the Central Market. All farmers markets have a limited amount of space for vendors. Once the market is at capacity, no other products can make it into the market. The General Store is able to offer products from dozens of different businesses while only taking up the space of 2 or 3 vendors. This is good for the market, good for the vendors, and good for our shoppers.