The Miami County Republic:
While most vendors at the Paola Farmersâ€™ Market work for hours or days to create a product to sell, Libby Wakemanâ€™s products ask the customer to do the work â€“ though thereâ€™s not much work to be done.
Wakeman is a consultant for Homemade Gourmet, a meal solutions company that offers quick simple solutions to the question, â€œWhatâ€™s for dinner?â€
Wakeman, of rural Paola, has been a consultant for more than a year but was a customer first.
â€œI wasnâ€™t the best cook in the world,â€ she admitted. â€œBut with Homemade Gourmet, cooking is easy and fun. I love that I can cook healthy for my family.â€
Homemade Gourmet has simple mixes and recipes for items such as drinks and dips to entrees and desserts.
Wakeman got the idea to sell products at the farmersâ€™ market from some consultant friends in Texas who told her how much they love vending at markets.
â€œI love farmersâ€™ markets because growing up in Indiana on a farm, I had an aunt who always baked bread and made crafts and sold them at a farmersâ€™ market in Indiana,â€ Wakeman said. â€œI know how important it is to shop local and support people.â€
In addition to selling at the farmersâ€™ market, Wakeman hosts in-home gatherings.
â€œI just enjoy introducing people to Homemade Gourmet,â€ she said. â€œI have quite a selection for people â€” whether they need to plan ahead or think fast on the go.â€
Logo from Homemade Gourmet