Alexandria Rodriques and her 16-year-old sister, Amanda, have tapped business opportunities out of farmers’ markets by buying bulk produce at low cost and retailing, on order, to established clientele.
“We buy wholesale every week for our own farmers’ market in our community in Smokey Vale.
We are not buying for a huge community, but we have about 30 people that come to our own market each week,” Alexandria, 21, said, while stocking her mom’s car at the farmers’ market held on the RADA grounds on Old Hope Road in St Andrew yesterday.
She disclosed that the undertaking had limited profit but provided a philanthropic benefit to the community while offering a sharp learning curve for the business rookies.
“As it is now, farmers are unable to sell as much as they would want to, and they still want business, so if we can buy produce in bulk and then take it back to our community, then it’s a deal we can work on and something we are considering doing beyond COVID-19,” Alexandria told The Gleaner.