Young entrepreneurs sell wares at Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market
PITTSFIELD >> Six-year-old Benjamin Cachat boiled down the entrepreneurial axiom to just a few words when describing his little doughnut business:
"I like them very much, and I think other kids will like them, too."
So he made a variety of doughnuts, including his specialty peanut butter and jelly doughnuts, and sold them at the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market on Saturday in the Lighthouse at the Boys & Girls Club.
He was one of 10 youngsters vending goods at the market, and they offered a variety of handmade wares as part of the citywide 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival.
According to Jess Conzo, manager of the farmers market, a child of one of the regular vendors, Amaru Mass, who helps out at the market, wondered why kids weren't making and selling stuff.
So they got together some tykes and some teens to do just that.
"We wanted to make the market more exciting, so we thought it was a good idea," Conzo said. "And so many kids wanted to do it, we'll probably do it again."
Amaru was selling greeting cards with colorful pictures "of my favorites animals," he said. They were selling for $1 or $3, depending on which card.
Some students from the Pittsfield High School Farm and Garden Program were there selling muffins they baked themselves. The profits will benefit Pediatric Hospice Care of the Berkshires.
While they were there, noted Danielle Hicke, 16 and Adrienne Hanson, 15, they were hired to cook muffins for a wedding reception.
Five-year-old Adrienne Blake was selling stuffed dolls. She calls them "Stuffies." She sold all 18 of them by noon.
"I do it 'cause it's fun," she said.
"It's just adorable when they go to each other's booths and buy things from each other," Conzo said. "Some of them have even started to barter."
Other youngish vendors were selling stuff like chocolate covered Assembly Coffee beans, cutting boards, dog biscuits, lemonade, cupcakes, faeries and faerie houses, bracelets, painted rocks, ornaments and terrariums.
The winter farmers market falls on the second Saturday of the month, November through April, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and is located in The Lighthouse of the Boys & Girls Club at 16 Melville St. in Pittsfield.
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