Setting Up the Electrical System for a Farmers’ Market

Many consumers prefer purchasing fresh produce at a farmers’ market rather than from the fresh produce aisle at the local supermarket. Because of the growing interest in fresh foods and healthy living, as well as a desire to support local farmers, to promote local development, and to solidify community or neighborhood pride in the quality of locally grown products, farmers’ markets have always drawn crowds.

In that same vein, there are many farmers who also prefer selling at farmers’ markets because it gives them higher income while minimizing the cost from the point of delivery to the point of sale. Where otherwise they would have to contend with transport costs, the costs of preservation and refrigeration, and the standard fee charged by middlemen before it reaches the consumer at a supermarket several miles away, selling at a farmers’ market simplifies the entire process. The farmer sets up a stand and sells his produce directly to consumers. He does not have to factor in the cost of transport and refrigeration, or the costs of going through a middleman. As a consequence, the farmer can set a higher price than he would if he were selling to a distributor. The cost to the consumer would still be far less, and the farmer would be able to get a higher profit. At our farmers market we trust the local Atlanta electricians – www.electricianatlanta.net who have been working for over 10 years with us in providing electrical maintenance and support needed for running our farmers market efficiently.

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A farmers’ market, at a very basic level, is a venue for straightforward sales. Farmers sell their produce at a market stall or booth, and consumers come to shop precisely because the produce is still considered to be very fresh. And because of the nature of the industry, these events are usually seasonal – or the produce sold is seasonal. This gives consumers something to look forward to when the season comes for their favorite fruits. And when the crowd starts pouring in, the local community may capitalize on the influx of visitors to showcase several other local attractions, thereby making the entire community a draw to the visitor, rather than just the farmers’ market.

A farmers’ market can either be held outdoors or indoors. By its very nature, the energy consumption of a farmers’ market is considerably low. Some rudimentary power outlets may be provided, and these would be sufficient to provide power for lighting solutions, and perhaps a basic sound system. Farmers’ markets that are held outdoors are not even usually equipped with refrigeration capacities because the very nature of the market is centered around selling fresh produce, not selling produce that is several days old so that they would go bad if they weren’t preserved.

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However, even if the power consumption of a farmers’ market is quite low, it is still important to hire a professional electrician to do the job. This is true whether you are setting up the electrical system for the entire market – especially for outdoor markets, or the checking and maintenance of the current electrical system of an indoor building that will house the said market.

Ask the electrician you hire to check the central power supply for the entire market, as well as to ensure that each booth is equipped with its power source. The lighting and sound systems for the entire market should be running smoothly, and safety procedures mandate a check against overloading outlets given the number of booths that will be utilizing a single and central power source.