Slow Food Done Right

slow foodsPerhaps you are wondering what the term “slow foods” means; perhaps you already know. The truth is, it is a way of eating that is healthier for your entire family. When you eat slow foods, you are taking in only the things that you need and nothing that you don’t. However, it has to be slow food done right.

What Is Slow Food?

slow foods marketSlow food to us is food that is locally grown or produced. It is a healthy eating movement that was started in Italy in 1989 as a way to encourage people to avoid fast foods and actually spend time thinking about the foods that they were putting into their body. The people who take part in the slow food movement enjoys eating fresh eggs, fresh milk, fresh fruits and vegetables, and more. They visit only the farms that are within our area. This supports local farmers and helps the area they live in, but it also encourages our farms to remain free of chemicals and other stuff that may cause them to become sick. In short, it is a way of life that avoids the unhealthy eating habits that others live by. It also encourages those farmers, fishers, producers, and more to take care of their plants and animals in the right way since slow food is designed to not have a negative impact on any plant or animal.

How We Find Fresh Foods?

slow food supportersMost areas, both small towns, and big cities have access to farmers’ markets and produce stands. It is through these places that you should buy the bulk of foods that your family eats. The produce is raised without chemicals that may make them grow faster and they are more natural. They do not have massive amounts of insect repellents sprayed on them. The eggs you will find there are fresh from a farm that does not harm chickens to make them lay more eggs. They are simply grain fed chickens who do what they do naturally.  The fruits and stuff that you will find are going to taste sweeter, be juicier, and better for you than all that you will ever find at your local grocery store.

Join the Rest of the Supporters

After more than 25 years, the slow food movement is proud to say that they have more than a few supporters. There are millions of people in more than 150 countries that are all taking part. They believe that the best foods are those that are good, clean, and fair. They are on a mission to prevent the disappearance of local foods, cultures, and traditions so that fewer people turn to fast or convenience foods. As a bonus, it covers fresh foods that satisfy the senses, food productions and stuff that does not harm the environment, humans, or animals, while being fair to producers and consumers when they go to purchase the items that they want. You will not find any farmers, producers, or sellers raising the price of these foods because they are fresh. What do you have to lose by turning toward slow foods?

Being Heard Around the Fair

working the fairFairs are a lot of fun for people to visit, but when you spend every weekend at them, it doesn’t take long to get bored with all the noise that accompanies a fair. There is a constant chatter of people as they pass by your food stands and there are also times when people are screaming on rides. Kids run past yelling and talking really loud, sometimes screeching if something startles them. It is a challenge to talk to someone standing next to you. Therefore, all the people who work the fair, put a little extra effort into being heard around the fair.

Making Yourself Heard

fair ridesIf you run rides, chances are good, people will approach you throughout the day and night, waiting to hear what you have to say. As a food vendor, you do not have the luxury of people coming to you unless they are hungry and not everyone wants to eat since they feel that fairs are expensive. This means that you sometimes have to think outside of the box to encourage people to come to you, especially if your primary target groups are those who may want good, old fashioned, home grown produce.

Attracting the Crowd

excited fair goersCompeting with the sound of excited people is not easy. Sometimes, attracting the crowd means that you also have to make yourself mobile. We personally use a four-wheeler to ensure that we can go where we need to. It is very useful during the time before the fair when we are setting up, but recently we also discovered that it can help us be heard when we are trying to drum up some visitors to our booth. We got our speakers for four wheeler from OutdoorSpeakerSupply and when hooked up, we can make sure that we are heard loud and clear, even over the screams and laughter of teens on their most favorite thrill rides. It also allows us to go where we need to, quickly during the fair so that we do not leave our booth unprotected for very long if we have to run up to the ticket booth for something.

Pulling off a Successful Fair

For a fair to succeed, everything has to come together. They should be safe events and the people who attend it should have a great time. This takes all people who are working the fair and we must all communicate with one another to ensure that problems are handled before they become a problem. Although competing for fair goers to buy from our stand rather than others, we still work together as a group. A four-wheeler, quality speakers, and the right tools are all beneficial in ensuring that every vendor makes the most sales they can during the weekend when the fair sets up in a town near you. If these things work for us, we are sure that they can work for you as well. You simply have to decide that you want to do what it takes to make your life easier.

Our Favorite Tools Used for Setting Up at Fairs

county fairThe idea of slow food is to have food that is grown naturally and in the local area. Therefore, as a slow food stand, gathering up the food is only the half the battle. The rest comes in setting everything up. For this reason, we have a few tools that we depend on and a few even rank as our favorite tools used for setting up at fairs.

Before the Fair

When getting ready for a fair, building a new stand at every one can consume a lot of time. It is not only time consuming, but very monotonous. The routines never change. If you have a tent style or a cover, you dig the same holes and use the same stakes all the time. If you have a food truck that you take with you around the area, then you still have to set up everything in the same way that you set it up last week. This bolt needs to be tightened, this screw should be screwed, this should be hammered into place, and more. It also means that virtually everyone who works county or state fairs, spend a lot of time trying to find shortcuts to make setup faster and more efficient. For that, we are not immune, but at this time, we have found the right tools to make setup go much faster.

Our Best Tools

fairs and carnivalsWe prefer tools that offer multi-purpose uses. For instance, a screwdriver or drill with a lot of extra bits in various sizes is ideal for most any job that we are faced with, and they can be shared with others who may suddenly realize that they should have brought their own. We like kits that have shovels and other tools in them for the same reason. That is why when we wanted to find a good tool, we chose to check out the selection of hammer multi tools on BestMulti-Tool. They have the hammer tools that double as so much more, and we have managed to find a lot of uses for each and every one. As an added bonus, we have also loaned it out to others who found it useful enough that they wanted to purchase their own.

Let the Fun Commence

slow food produce standAs the fair takes place, the fun begins. Fresh food is something that everyone who attends the fair wants to find. As a slow food produce stand, we have the opportunity to meet the locals and talk about the foods that are available in their area. We can offer deals on the produce that the local farmers have sold to us at a discount since we buy in bulk from them. A common thought and conversation among us and them, is why they should turn toward fresh produce and we always point out that it is the healthiest thing that they can do for their body. Then we also tell them that by doing so, they are encouraging local farmers to continue growing fresh, chemical free, produce.

Setting Up Slow Food at The Fair

fairWhen you hear that a fair is coming to town, you probably do not spend a lot of time thinking about anything beyond how exciting it will be to go to it. Fairs are a rare treat for most families. They are something that allows you to be a part of the action. You can play games, ride rides, win prizes, and more, but what if you were there as a way of life? What would it be like to work with the fair and travel around the country helping families have a good time? Better yet; what would it be like if you helped to feed the people who attended by setting up slow food at the fair?

Setting Up a Food Stand

fair foodsThere are a lot of things that go into setting up a food stand. One of the hardest is finding a food supplier in that area. There are specific food licenses to be purchased, menus to plan, supplies to secure, and more. You need the licenses to prove that you are approved for running at a fair, you need a menu that will give people what they want, and enough supplies to get through an entire event, whether it is going to last a day, a weekend, or an entire week or more. In some cases, you may need a license for each event, but this is not required in most cases if you have a fully mobile unit that you take to each event.

Which is Hardest to Set Up?

food tent at fairWhen planning to attend a fair or a carnival, there are issues that always seem to come up. If you are a food vendor, you are not immune to the issues. You have to make sure that your food trailer or truck has everything that you need in that area. This may include a power supply, running water supply, and other things. Your equipment could fail, and you could end up being unable to make cotton candy, fries, or other fair favorites such as fresh candy apples that are grown locally. You also may not want to be located near the restrooms where a toilet randomly runs since the odor of it could make people avoid buying from your tent, if something overflows. Some food services that travel to fairs, will only go to areas where they are able to set up for shorter times. A lack of water for cleaning and using, could be a major problem for all food services, but it can be even harder for someone who uses a basic food tent. They are mostly the ones that have to bring in a tent and set up their equipment each day. The people who have a vehicle that holds all their equipment and stays set up no matter where they travel may choose to stay in one area longer since it isn’t hard to “live” where they are going to be for a while.

Enjoy the Fair

When you hear that a fair is coming to town, it is important that you show you are happy to have them there. Help them out by providing fresh foods for people to eat. Local favorites are a bonus. Some of the people who work there are very far from home for long periods of time. They will appreciate you saying, “thanks” and they may also do their best to ensure that you have an even better tasting food or a longer ride because of it. This will also allow you to enjoy the fair a little more.