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Apr 13, 2014 05:22 PM

Selling greek yogurt at farmer's market.. HELP CHOOSE TOPPINGS!

I am selling greek yogurt at the farmer's market made from local dairy and want to include some toppings as well for a topping bar. I'm going to limit it to about 10 toppings.. so please tell me which appeal to you most to help me narrow down! Everything is going to be as organic, local and natural as possible. Thanks so much for your help.

+ organic granola (nut and gluten free)
+ dark chocolate shavings
+ white chocolate shavings
+ blueberries
+ raspberries
+ strawberries
+ pineapple
+ grapes
+ kiwi
+ blood orange
+ grapefruit
+ mangoes
+ bananas
+ toasted coconut
+ plain coconut
+ blackberries
+ cherries
+ apples
+ fruit jam
+ fresh figs
+ chia seeds
+ flaxseed
+ almonds
+ pecan
+ cinnamon
+ organic oreo cookie crumbles
+ vegan chocolate chip cookie dough bites
+ organic oatmeal cookie crumble
+ pita chips
+ sliced cucumbers with cracked black pepper and sea salt
+ pine nuts
+ kalamata olives in olive oil
+ pumpkin butter
+ caramel sauce
+ dark chocolate sauce
+ coconut syrup
+ raisins
+ dried cranberries
+ dried cherry
+ sugared ginger peel
+ honey
+ agave syrup

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  1. granola
    dark chocolate shavings
    pumpkin butter
    pita chips
    organic oatmeal cookie crumble
    fruit jam

    I would definitely stop at a greek yogurt stand with toppings.

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    1. re: hippiechickinsing

      Hi Hippiechick! Thanks for replying. That's good to hear you would stop by. I have no idea what kind of turnout we can expect but I hope it's a hit.

    2. Since you are at a farmer's market I would make your fruit/veggie options seasonal and local. I would want granola, local honey and some kind of nuts.

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      1. re: cheesymama

        I think this is key. You should look into partnering with a few vendors. Using honey, fruits, granolas etc that are also available at the FM is a win/win.

        Also keep in mind that you are going see a lot of the same people every week so start off by being flexible. Your customers will give you a indication of what they like. By keeping a core base of "favorites" and adding newness each week you will be able to keep "regulars" happy but hopefully attract new customers as well

        1. re: cheesymama

          cheesy, it will be our first time our there but hopefully local farmers will be receptive to this!

        2. Most people still think of yogurt as a sweet, rather than savory, so those items would probably do better. Also consider how items will hold up for a couple of hours in the heat.
          Toasted almonds
          Fresh fruit based on what's in season (maybe 3-4 types)
          granola (nut-free)
          toasted coconut
          oatmeal cookie crumble

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          1. re: BeeZee

            Good point. I think if we have to limit it.. the sweet ones would likely be more popular.

          2. I loved shredded carrot with a little curry powder or cumin with Greek yogurt.
            You seem to have a lot of great toppings covered.
            Good luck.

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            1. re: itsmejessica

              That's a great idea for a savory. When we expand our offerings that would be lovely. thanks itsmejessica!

              1. re: itsmejessica

                With curry powder or cumin, add a touch of powdered chicken soup stock. It really brings everything up a notch.

              2. I would OMIT the following:
                dried fruits
                syrups and sauces
                pine nuts
                pita chips
                chia seedcookie dough bites
                oreo crumbles
                plain coconut
                white chocolate

                The seeds are expensive, as are pinenuts (which can cause "pine mouth", which would hurt your business). The bananas and apples will discolor unless you compromise their flavor with lemon juice. Pita chips, sweet sauces, and the cookies are junk food and people who like Greek yogurt are likely to want healthier toppings. Honey and agave will suffice. Oatmeal cookie is okay because it's oatmeal. Fruit jam and dried fruit are superfluous when there's a fresh fruit option.

                You only need 6 or 8 fruits at a time - a few berry types, a citrus, and something soft like peach or mango. Also offer a mixed berry topping. Pick your fruits according to what is at its prime.

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                1. re: greygarious

                  I would go for locally made jams in a heartbeat, even with fresh fruit available. Homemade peach jam is delicious in Greek yogurt, but the fresh peaches are available only part of the summer. The oatmeal crumbles would be a good mix-in.
                  If I were the customer, I'd like to combine jam and fresh fruit, say, strawberry jam with fresh raspberries. Or mixed berry jam with fresh blueberries.
                  I'm not a big nut about honey in Greek yogurt. I take Greek yogurt to work for lunch almost every day, and I always take both jam and fresh fruit to cut up into it.

                  1. re: kitchengardengal

                    Homemade or boutique jams have sales appeal but the OP did not specify that quality. IMO an HFCS name brand jam would not draw interest/sales.

                    The better quality the toppings, the better the product but the OP will need to figure out how much s/he can charge, and pay for toppings, and still make enough profit for the endeavor to be worth the effort.

                    1. re: greygarious

                      Absolutely, a store bought jam would not do the trick! Perhaps a partnership or table sharing with a local jam maker could be an option.