Spring is here! That means that the Montavilla Farmers Market (MFM) is cranking away to make sure the upcoming season will be bountiful and festive. It goes without saying that we are extremely fortunate to have this special, grassroots market here in Montavilla,which, we are unashamed to mention is on the forefront of sustainability, equity, and community development. However, this seasonal production requires time and energy to keep everything humming along seamlessly. If you value the role that the MFM plays in your community, please consider lending a hand. There are many ways to get involved and roles that fit a wide range of skills and time commitments. Here’s how you can lend a hand.
- We are excited to announce the opening of two staff positions for this season: Financial Coordinator (FC) and Market Operations Coordinator (MC). The FC will be responsible for helping out at the info booth, managing market sales, SNAP and debit purchases, and other off-site financial tasks. The MC will help orchestrate onsite activities, including managing volunteers and our famous Durable Dish program.Click here for more information on these positions.
- This year we are launching the Veggie Corps market volunteer program. As a structured, organized unit, we’ll be able to accomplish all market necessities in a fashion that doesn’t tax any single individual. Duties include setting up and tearing down the market, activity facilitation and assistance, people counting, and many others! Contact Taunia and let her know you’d like to get involved.
- Want a bigger role in helping to shape the direction of the market? Well, we’re on the look out for a couple new board members. This working board is the driving force behind the market and gets together each month to hash out ways to continue to steer the MFM toward its mission to provide a vibrant marketplace where our diverse community has access to high quality, local healthy food. Does that resonate with you? If so, we’d love your help. Again, contact Taunia and let her know you’re interested.
- Sponsor the market. What better way to show your support than making a donation to your community’s health? This will help ensure that Montavilla continues to develop a productive local economy, has an active social network, and abundance of local food options. It’s a critical role, and one that plays huge in the market’s ability to coordinate progressive programs. Please contact Laura and let her know that you are ready to sponsor the MFM!
The great programs and success our market boasts is directly related to the hard, thoughtful work done by our board, staff, volunteers, and sponsors. Everyone has a role to play and benefits to reap. It is what had made our market such a success and what will ensure that it provides for our community for many years to come. Please consider where you fit in, and contact us so we know your interests and intent.
Don’t let the recent sunny days fool you—it’s winter! And, while we can all expect a lull from upcoming cold and wet weather, rest assured that it will not deter the Montavilla Farmers Market from cranking away behind the scenes. Here’s a quick look at some of what we’re working on.
This Sunday (Feb. 12) is the final Winter Stock Up Market. Make sure to come out and load up on all the great seasonal produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, wine, and other great offerings. Follow this link to see a list of all the great products. Don’t miss out, it will be 16 short weeks until the official 2012 market kick off.
Speaking of our opening day, the first market of this season just happens to be our 100th market! Congratulations to all the customers, vendors, and community supporters that have helped to give the Montavilla Farmers Market longevity and vibrancy. Nicely done! In light of this historic milestone, we’re planning a festive day to celebrate future market shoppers—also known as the Montavilla community’s youth. Stay posted for more info on the upcoming fun, and make sure to note the June 3rd opening day celebration on your calendars.
Other big news: the Montavilla Farmers Market was awarded a New Seasons Grant to fund our Everybody Eats program through the 2012 season! We strive to make sure that our market is affordable to everyone, and New Seasons has been a valuable community partner in helping insure this happens. Huge thanks to them!
Join Montavilla Farmers Market Volunteer Corps! Our volunteers are essential to keeping our market buzzing along and you can sign up to volunteer for our 2012 season right now. Everyone can contribute! Volunteers are needed to sit on the board of directors; help set up and tear down the market; provide customer support at the information booth; work with our award-winning Durable Dish Program helping us reduce, re-use, and recycle; and best of all, you meet great people and make new friends right here in Montavilla. Please contact Taunia at email@example.com for more information.