Gina Rickman served on the planning committee for the Douglass Farmers’ Market since its creation in 2011. She wholeheartedly believed in the project and was always generous with her time and feedback. We will miss her dearly and are so grateful to have had the chance to work with her over the last three years. Her passion for community building was unstoppable- she came down to visit the market last week even though she wasn’t feeling good. May she now rest in peace and may her family and friends get the comfort and support that they need during this time. A public memorial service will be held for her on Tuesday, June 18 at 1pm at Bible Baptist Church on Drake Road. We plan to honor her work to increase access to healthy food at the market tomorrow between 3-6pm. Please stop by the info booth and share your stories and memories of Gina and her dedication as a daughter, mother, and community champion.
New vendors this week include Mz Marilyn and the Michigan Small Food Producers Cooperative. Several special events will take place: a tour of the market at 4:30pm (with free gifts from Kalamazoo Public Library) and a Kalamazoo Valley River Trail scavenger hunt. Please check in at the info booth for details.
It’s almost the end of asparagus season and the very short strawberry season has just begun. Come on by between 3-6pm tomorrow and pick up some of both!
New vendors this week include the Growing Matters Garden and Walker’s Fresh Veggies.
Did you know that we now accept credit/debit cards? Stop by the information booth for details.
Please remember that applications for the market’s co-coordinator position are due this Wednesday by 5pm. Click here for more information.
We’re so excited that the market opens for the season later today! Come down between 3-6pm and join in the fun. Returning vendors include Bonamego Farm and Shae’s Tasty Treats, and we have new vendors, too! Check out the handmade soaps from Scents 4 Cents or pick up a hot plate from Camzie’s Pizza- made fresh at the market in a mobile pizza oven! The weather should be very nice, and we’d love to see you there.
What’s new in the big picture this year? We’ve extended the market into September! We are also trying out a new system to accept debit/credit cards and have market gift certificates available for purchase- check in at the information booth for details.
Double Up Food Bucks update: This year, the Fair Food Network decided to use their funding in a different way to benefit the most people possible during the most productive time of the growing season. So the tokens will not be available until July 1st. We accept bridge cards all season long, but the matching benefits of Double Up Food Bucks tokens won’t kick in until July. For specifics of the Double Up Food Bucks Program, please visit www.doubleupfoodbucks.org.
Are you interested in learning what it takes to run the Douglass Farmers’ Market?
Fair Food Matters is seeking two creative, reliable individuals who are interested in learning how to manage the Douglass Farmers’ Market as a team. Both co-coordinators will be supervised by the current market manager. Ideal candidates for this position should be friendly, well-organized, enjoy working outdoors, have excellent communication skills, and have demonstrated experience with community building in the Northside neighborhood. Candidates who live in the Northside neighborhood are highly encouraged to apply. Prior experience working with farmers’ markets, social justice and/or other community building projects is also preferred.
Check out the full job description and submit your application by 5pm on Wednesday, June 12. Click here to download the job description and application packet.
Wow! The market will be open two weeks from today. We’ve got a great group of vendors lined up but would love to have a few more! We’re still accepting vendor applications, so we’ve extended the deadline and will continue to accept new vendors until we’re out of space.
Are you interested in being a vendor at the Douglass Farmers’ Market this summer? Please download the market guidelines and vendor application by clicking here.
The Douglass Farmers’ Market will reopen on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. Thank you for your support!