We are excited to be at the Yelm Farmers Market this year. Come and enjoy the market, there are so many interesting vendors this year. We are highlighting our own dozens of local vendors along with our local Hemp and CBD choices.Read More
Good news, parents! Your kids will have a whole new reason to get excited about the Yelm Farmers Market this season. Don’t be surprised if they develop a passion for vegetables and start shopping without you. Other side effects may include financial literacy, a sudden interest in gardening and newfound haggling skills.
The source of all this excitement is a program called The Power of Produce, which was originally developed by The Oregon City Farmers Market four years ago. “It was so successful that markets all around the country are now taking it on,” says Market Manager Karen Rae. “The idea is to introduce children to vegetables and fruit by having a kids’ club at the market.”
Children ages 5 to 12 can join the free club, at which point they’re given a badge and a small shopping bag. “When they come back every week and register, they get two dollars of market tokens that they get to spend on fruit or vegetables or a plant that grows food,” Karen explains. “They get to choose.”
Although the original purpose of the club was to empower kids to make healthy food choices, the benefits have proven to be much greater. “They’ve found that the kids become much more involved in the market,” says Karen. “It’s no longer just mom and dad going to the market with the kids dragged along behind, it’s now their shopping experience as well. They are getting to interact with the farmers directly and try all these new things. Parents are just thrilled with what’s happening, because kids are driving the purchase of vegetables and fruit and eating differently.”
If you’re interested in learning more about sponsorship opportunities, contact Karen Rae at 360-894-1164 or email@example.com Sponsorship and donation information is also directly available on the website www.yelmfarmersmarket.com.
Hi Farmer’s Market Fans
Sunday June 1st is really close and our Market Manager could use some help.
As you can imagine there is lots to do to run a market and every bit of help helps 🙂
When the market begins, there are many things to do each week to keep the market running – putting out signs, helping vendors, counting and assisting visitors, handing out information about the market, helping tear down at the end of the day, and more.
You can make a difference this year! Be part of the team that is helping bring local food and arts and crafts to our beautiful community.
And as an out-of-store Working Member for the Yelm Cooperative, you earn discounts on your shopping at the Yelm Food Co-op! See a store staff members for details.
Drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org and let Karen know you’d like to help her this season.
And remember to ‘like’ us on Facebook for up-to-date progress on your Yelm Farmers Market Season.
~The Yelm Farmers Market Team~
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Karen Rae may be known to many of you for her work with the Phoenix Rising School where she is Secretary of the Board of Trustees and a parent volunteer.
Karen has raised a family, done farming and run her own businesses and has a passion for helping people. Here is a bit of what she told us in her application:
I love the idea of supporting our local industry, of encouraging folks to do what they love and are naturally driven to accomplish, by offering a marketplace at which they may present their wares. I love that the farmers’market offers a meeting place for the all the folks of our community, somewhere relaxed and joyful that celebrates family and friends and nature. I love that, in doing so, we are enabling our people access to delicious and nutritious, fresh, wholesome, mindfully produced goods.
We’re looking forward to working with Karen and to continuing the success of the Farmers Market in the 2014 season.
If you also have a passion for our Farmers Market, please let Karen know by dropping a line to email@example.com
Let’s all make this an awesome year!
Visit the FM website at http://yelmfarmersmarket.yelmfood.coop to stay up to date with happenings.
Lots of people coming in from the Pierce County side of the river drive right past the market, but never would have made it into the old location in Yelm.
People coming from as far away as Tacoma to go to Stewart’s can’t help but see the multiple signs for the market and they, too, would probably not have found the old location in town.
So far this year for 3 Sundays, we have had almost 1,400 visitors and done $10,400+ in sales. We’re happy and the vendors are happy!
Every Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m you can find veggie starts, fresh baked goods, locally grown pork products, hand made soaps, beautiful flower bouquets, hand made scarves, fresh produce, hand made wooden bird houses, benches and other things for the garden, sample home made organic salads and sauces, and much more.
The Yelm Farmers Market is unique: we are a farmers market on a farm! And a 250 acre USDA certified organic farm to boot!
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