Starting a Concession Business

New ventures can be intimidating, but not when you have the team of experts at Gold Medal on your side. When starting a concession stand business, one of your first tasks should be to explore our site and call us for a consultation. We offer in-person taste sampling and training on how to use equipment such as industrial popcorn machines; we even share suggestions for designing your food service area. You’re not alone when you choose Gold Medal as your concession equipment supplier! Get information on starting a concession business here and call us to get started.


Fall Food Ideas for Agritourism Business

Why Selling Fall Foods Will Enhance Your Agritourism Business

Fall is right around the corner, and if you run a pumpkin farm, corn maze, haunted house, or other autumn attraction, planning for the upcoming season should be in full swing. Besides nailing down design and pricing for your attraction, if you’re looking for ways to increase revenue this year, you should consider adding fall foods to your business. 

Seasonal foods can not only enrich the customer experience but also increase revenue. Find profitable food ideas for agritourism businesses and fall attractions, including:

  • Small farms
  • Pumpkin patches
  • Orchards
  • Corn mazes
  • Haunted houses
  • Petting Zoos
  • Wineries
  • Vineyards


Add Fall Foods to Intensify the Visitor Experience

People visit your farm or haunted house for the experience: the thrill of the scare, the puzzle of the corn maze, the excitement of picking just the right pumpkin for their family. Add to the experience with tastes and aromas that will make even stronger memories.

In an NBC News article, Howard Eichenbaum, director of the Laboratory of Cognitive Neurobiology at Boston University, said, “Olfactory has a strong input into the amygdala, which processes emotions. The kind of memories that it evokes are good and they are more powerful.”

Use enticing snacks like popcorn, pumpkin spice flavors, and caramel apples to evoke happy fall memories in your customers and also to create new positive associations between your concessions and their visit to your attraction to generate return visits year after year.



Funnel cake with powder sugar and strawberry toppings



Increase Revenue with Fall Recipes

Initial costs for concession foods are relatively low, and profits consistently exceed food costs. With average profits ranging from 70-80%, adding food to your fall attraction is sure to increase your bottom line on its own.

But having food available will also help boost any other agritourism ideas you decide to implement. Adding a petting zoo, hayrides, or a pick-your-own pumpkin field? Visitors are more likely to stay – and pay – for additional features if they don’t have to leave when they get hungry. Offering snacks or more filling food options can make your business an extended destination.



Cup of pumpkin spice latte with cinnamon on top



How to Get Started – Fall Menu Ideas and More

Whether you’re starting a pumpkin farm or have been in the corn maze business for years, the process to begin selling fall foods and concessions is the same. When you’re first considering which foods to add, think about the amount of space you have available, electrical capacity for equipment, and the most popular times of day customers visit. 

If your volume is high enough during peak meal times, you may want to offer heavier foods like pizza or nachos. Often, though, it’s best to start small. Prepackaged foods can be an excellent way to start out while you judge the level of interest your customers have. Bulk caramel corn and pretzels work well to gauge customer receptiveness.

To get the tantalizing aromas and distinct tastes that jumpstart positive memories, consider these treats:



  • Apple cider. Hot for a chilly fall afternoon, or a frozen slush for those days that still feel like summer, everyone loves apple cider.



Two girls walking a corn maze at a pumpkin farm


If you’re not sure which products will be best for you to start with, don’t worry. Discussing your business’s needs with a concession specialist to get a personalized recommendation will allow you to set up the most effective plan for your space and expected volume.

Find more concession recipes and how-to’s to get inspired for other fall menu ideas for your farm.