You must meet Mia, my favorite 11 year old entrepreneur.
She melted my heart at the farmers market telling me the story of her chickens and how each one has a personality of their own. She and her mom have chickens on an 8 acre farm 20 minutes west of Lakeland where they also care for sheep and a vineyard full of Florida varietals.
I saw that she was carrying eggs to deliver to one of her customers one day at the farmers market and wanted to get my hands on those sought after free-range chicken eggs. I showed my interest in her product but I knew that they were a precious commodity because they can only produce enough for their family needs with a small surplus. I needed something of value to them that they’d be willing to trade for the eggs.
Bingo, fresh artisan organic bread that Adrian’s (a.k.a. #thebreadpedlar) crafts himself and gourmet lettuces from the garden.
Finally something we could agree upon as a fair trade!
When our fresh, organic, free-range eggs arrive they come carefully packed with Mia’s business cards from The Four Eggs. On the back of each business card she hand-writes a story about her chickens from the week; what they’ve been up to, what career they want when they grow up, what they ate for dinner. It truly is the best marketing I’ve seen in a very long time, giving each customer her personal touch.
I look forward to see where life will take this young entrepreneur and nature lover! Wouldn’t it be awesome if we all started trading our wares locally. To see a community successfully trading goods with their neighbors find NEIGHBOR-TRADER D.C. on twitter @neighbortrader. If anyone knows of any in the Central Florida area please message us with details.