Farmers Market Season Has Arrived

For many parts of the country, the long-awaited farmer's market season is finally here, where local farmers and artisans sell fresh produce and handmade arts and crafts. Fortunately for today’s vendors, smartphones can help them provide their customers with a range of payment options, along with tools to improve the efficiency of their business.

For many people, cash is no longer a convenient option for payment. There are several apps and services that enable merchants to accept credit cards right on the spot with their smartphone.

With Intuit GoPayment, a vendor simply attaches a small card reader to a smartphone or tablet and swipes the card for payment. Square Register is a mobile accessory that enables vendors to accept payments on the go and can be used to review daily sales summaries and check out customers. Customers with the Square Cash feature can pay with their smartphones by linking their major credit and debit cards to their device.

Smartphone apps also can help sellers easily track their expenses and improve the efficiency of their business.

The Lettuce app provides helps track processed orders and also keeps inventory, while Mint is an app that manages expenses in one place. Mint creates easy-to-read charts and graphics to help see how budgets are being spent.

While outdoors, a Jetpack acts as a mobile hotspot and keeps tablets and smartphones connected to the 4G LTE network. The small Jetpack provides a fast connection for up to 10 Wi-Fi enabled devices at a time.

App-ly a green thumb to more than fresh produce can help improve business this farmers market season.