If you’re considering becoming a farmer’s market seller, you’ll need to decide exactly what you’re selling and carefully compare locations to find the one that will be most convenient and profitable for you. In addition, you’ll need to invest in a good produce scale to bring with you.
There are hundreds of scales available to choose from, so the task may seem daunting at first, but when you know what features to compare, finding the best scale for farmers' market sellers can be a simple task.
Here are the three most important things to consider when shopping for the best scale for farmers' market sales.
In most states, a produce scale must carry National Type Evaluation Program or NTEP certification in order to be used as legal for trade scale farmers market equipment. To gain this certification, a scale must meet standards developed by the National Conference of Weights and Measures and pass laboratory testing. NTEP-certified scales are proven to be accurate when properly calibrated and ensure that customers are charged fairly. You can consult the NTEP website to find out whether or not a scale is really certified.
The farmer’s market scale that you choose must be able to meet your capacity needs. The right capacity will vary based on what you intend to sell. For example, if you sell pumpkins, watermelons, and heavier produce, you’ll need a scale with a higher capacity than you would if you only sell smaller fruits and vegetables like berries. You also need to consider volume. If you plan to have a large stand and could theoretically have customers buying from you in bulk, a higher capacity scale would be a smart investment.
There has been some debate over if price calculation is a necessary feature of a farmer’s market scale. A produce scale that doesn’t include price calculation functionality can save you money, but don’t be tempted by those low-priced options. We believe that they are a good investment, for two main reasons:
We found that a Tor Rey PC series to be a great choice for the farmer’s market. Not only do these scales meet expectations, but they have a few other features that make them a treat to work with. Most farmers will do just fine with the 40lb capacity model.
Finding the right legal for trade scale farmers market equipment is just the first step. Regardless of if your scale is a price computing scale or not, most states also require farmer’s market sellers to have their scales tested and certified by the state’s Department of Weights and Measures. You should have your scale calibrated and tested at least once per year to keep your certifications up to snuff, and immediately after any instance in which you drop, or mishandle your scale. We’re scale maintenance experts and can handle this part for you. When the time comes, just contact us and we’ll schedule an appointment.