By Suzannah Schneider, Communications Manager and Certification Coordinator
Looking for ways to stand out at the farmer's market this season? Take a scroll through these Certified Naturally Grown packaging ideas, and don't be afraid to think outside the clamshell!
Plus, if you're a certified CNG farmer, do we have a deal for you: if you order twist ties between now and the end of June 2019, we'll throw in a free bumper sticker AND a free sign! Head on over to the CNG store to get twisting and add even more value to your produce!
Starting Off #CNGproud
Earthkeeper Farm in Kent City, MI
Add even more value to your seedlings with the Certified Naturally Grown seal on your starts for market! Your customers will be eager to plant your verified seedlings knowing they have been grown locally with care and without GMOs or synthetic chemicals. You can do as Earthkeeper Farm does and create custom labels with the CNG logo, or simply slap a small CNG circle sticker (pictured right) on your seedling signage.
Brown Paper Bags: They Go Beyond Lunch
Never underestimate the power of the humble paper bag. They're great for mushrooms, as Tiny House Farm demonstrates with this hand-stamped packaging solution. Farmer Ron Delaney has a degree in graphic design, so he was able to create a custom stamp layout with block letters that harken back to his career in the military, as well as the "grungy" nature of his current work he so adores. The CNG stickers add a finishing touch that reflect the high quality of his mushrooms. Plus, this packaging solution is extremely cost-effective to boot!
Eastward Gardens in Hardinsburg, IN
If you're growing flowers that are headed home with market-goers in bicycle baskets, crammed cars, or just busy hands, you'll want to make sure you can wrap those stems before they begin their journey! Why use plastic when you can use a more sustainable material like brown paper? Pull inspiration from Eastward Gardens and opt for a more biodegradable wrapping that are sure to add rustic flair to your bouquets.
Little Wild Things City Farm in Washington, DC
Whether you're growing microgreens year-round or just have some seeds leftover from this year's crop, take a tip from this Washington, DC farm and create a DIY kit. They're easy to sell at market or online, and make for a great gift any time of year! All you need are small bags for seeds, a potting mix, a simple how-to pamphlet, and a container to wrap it all up in. Don't forget to go wild with branding each component of the kit: you never know what will be used again and again by your customers!
Tinctures, Elixirs, and More
Oma Herbal Teas in Schwenksville, PA
You just can't go wrong with an Amber glass bottle with a glass dropper, as Oma Herbal Teas demonstrates. These containers work great for keeping the light out but keeping your tinctures, elixirs, and extracts, and more in. They also work well for cosmetic products you only need a little bit of at a time.
Do you have your product ready to go, but need a label that matches the magic inside the bottle? Don't forget about our affordable design services for farmers! Email our designer, Aly, at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started on your unique sticker labels.
Our Pick for Produce
One Hawk Homestead in Dover, DE
One Hawk Homestead does a superb job of making their entire CSA share #CNGproud! Our stickers and twist ties can be used on just about anything you grow, from tiny herb bundles to giant rutabagas. You'll show your customers that CNG values and practices extend all across your farm's produce by labeling everything you grow with Certified Naturally Grown flair.
Bring the Farm Home
A Gardens Glory in Stuart, FL
Another great way for your eaters to take part in your farm is to have them be farmers, too! A Gardens Glory has the right idea to save a bit of your labor and offer your customers something wholly fresh: have them harvest their own microgreens! These edible "tablescapes" ensure the freshest harvest and help to grow more green thumbs in your community.