Thanks to everyone who responded to the Media Farmers Market survey in November! You weighed in on convenience, vendor and product selection, favorite ways to receive farmers market updates, where you saw room for improvement, and what you liked just as is. We appreciate the enthusiasm and generous feedback to help shape this year’s Market!
Sixth-Season Planning Has Begun!
The Media Farmers Market committee met earlier this month over the last of the holiday cookies and candy for its first meeting of the season. Excited to be going into our sixth season, brainstorming began around returning vendors, potential new vendors, and input from survey results. We’ll be sending out monthly newsletters to keep you updated until May, at which time the newsletter will go out weekly to keep you in touch with the weekly markets. You can also find us on the Media Farmers Market website, on Facebook, and Twitter!
Be a Media Farmers Market Volunteer!
If you’d like more direct involvement with the Market, consider becoming a volunteer. Media Farmers Market is an all-volunteer organization and is always happy to have new members. Following are specific current opportunities.
Treasurer: The treasurer coordinates with the Market Manager. Tasks include attending monthly meetings, balancing bank statements, invoicing vendors, and developing the budget. Our current treasurer is available through the spring to help transition the next lover of numbers and budgets!
Produce Passport Program Coordinator: The Produce Passport Program coordinator keeps the passport booklets stocked, names each week’s produce item of the week, and oversees the purchase and distribution of prizes. Ideas for additional children’s interest projects welcome!
Market Manager’s Table Volunteer: At every Thursday’s Market, volunteers man the Market Manager’s Table in one-and-a-half- to two-hour shifts between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Volunteers answer shoppers’ questions, process credit cards and SNAP cards for Market tokens, and help kids with their produce passports.
Social Media Volunteer: To post and help expand Media Farmers Market’s presence on Facebook and Twitter. And open to other social media as well. Instagram? Pinterest?
Other: All are welcome, and no amount of time is too small to donate!
The next planning is Monday, February 9. Join us! If you’re interested, or need more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 2 Marks Mid-Winter
If you’re a lover of winter, then mid-winter means a whole six weeks of winter left; if you’re looking to spring, mid-winter means only six more weeks to go! Weather divination, trying to know ahead which it’s to be, and likely where the American Groundhog Day has its roots, can be traced to the Gaelic tradition of Imbolc. Here’s a little Imbolc info from Wikipedia as we go into the second half of winter:
“Imbolc was believed to be when the Cailleach—the divine hag of Gaelic tradition—gathers her firewood for the rest of the winter. Legend has it that if she wishes to make the winter last a good while longer, she will make sure the weather on Imbolc is bright and sunny, so she can gather plenty of firewood. Therefore, people would be relieved if Imbolc is a day of foul weather, as it means the Cailleach is asleep and winter is almost over.”