New Kids’ Program Comes to Farmers Market

New Kids’ Program Comes to Farmers Market

child with vegetableGood 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.”

 Another benefit is financial literacy. “The groups who are monitoring the success of the program are seeing kids saving their tokens for several weeks or pooling with their siblings,” she says. “They’re not spending their money that week, but saving for plants or bigger items. In this day and age I don’t know how many kids get to deal with actual currency.”Karen is currently accepting sponsors for the program, which she hopes will run during all 22 Sunday markets. “What other markets have found is that as long as they have enough sponsorship to get off the ground, the community sees the value of the program and no one wants it to stop because it’s run out of funding,” she says.

If you’re interested in learning more about sponsorship opportunities, contact Karen Rae at 360-894-1164 or  Sponsorship and donation information is also directly available on the website

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Your Farmer’s Market Needs Your Help

Yelm Farmers Market

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 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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The Yelm Farmers Market has a new Manager for 2014

Yelm Farmers MarketThe Board of Directors of the Yelm Cooperative are really pleased to announce that we have found a Manager for the Yelm Farmers Market.

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

Let’s all make this an awesome year!

Visit the FM website at to stay up to date with happenings.

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Yelm Farmers Market is Rockin!

yelm farmers marketThe Yelm Farmers Market is off to a great start this year in its new location. Being right off the S507, near Stewart’s Meats, has proven to be a real boon to getting traffic.

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!

Come for a visit and let us know what you think>

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Farmer’s Market Opening Day – Over 500 people!

The 2013 Farmer”s Market opened with a boom on June 9th at the Nisqually Springs Farm location.

opening day1Nearly 20 vendors and 500 visitors made it a really terrific first day. The new location is perfect – lots of parking, wide area to walk in front of the online casinos vendor booths and lots of nature.

The Yelm Farmer”s Market is now located on a Farm – What a novel idea!

Next week more vendors and more people – come get fresh veggies, veggie starts, bread and baked goods, homemade soap, flower bouquets, hand made bird feeders, art from local artists, and more.

On S507 between Stewart”s Meats and the Nisqually River bridge from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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Farmers Market Manager Needed

The Yelm Cooperative is looking for a Market Manager for this year’s farmer’s market in Yelm.

The ideal candidate will have prior experience as a market manager for a farmers market, can start immediately and be willing to work develop the market to its true potential.

The job description and scope of work are below as pdf files.

Farmers Market Job Description Final

Market Manager Scope of Work

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Military Fun Health Day

Sunday, August 26th is the Yelm Farmer’s Market first annual Fundraiser:

Military Fun Health Day

Here’s how it works:

*Each military DOD ID that is shown first at the Yelm Food Co-op and then at the Yelm Farmers Market will earn $1 for our chosen Military Charity, Rainier Therapeutic Riding

Begin at the Food Co-op on Yelm ave next to Gordon’s garden Center for:

a special military 20% off Yelm Food Co-op coupon, valid thru 9/30/12.

product samples and gifts

expert nutrition consultations

pick up a raffle ticket that you will drop in the raffle box at the Yelm Farmers Market for many prizes throughout the day.

Move on to the Farmer’s Market on 2nd Ave next to the Yelm City Park for:

drop off your raffle ticket for prizes from local businesses awarded throughout the day and to be counted for charity sponsorship

local farmers, artisans and food vendors

kids games and activities

chair massages for the adults 2:00-4:00

*Donations are now being accepted for 5, 10, 15, 20, 50+ ID sponsorships.  All Donations are tax deductible and should be made out to Rainier Therapeutic Riding.

This is a great way to support your Co-op, your Farmer’s Market, our returning Warriors and a tremendous local organization that is providing much needed therapy for those Warriors!

A Big Special Thanks to our Event Sponsor – Spiral CafeGourmet to Go

Spiral Cafe

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Local businesses give free raffle prizes to our troops.

Stressless Quantum Biofeedback – 894-1146 (2 sessions @ $50)
Jinsoku Reflexology – 446-6171 (1 session @ $30)
Any Time Fitness 400-3880 (3 certificates – 1 month membership each)
Le Belle Salon & Spa 400-2022 ($25 off from Corrie, Bonnie & Amber)

Le Belle Salon & Spa 400-2022 (free haircuts from Juli & Traci)
Starbucks $10 gift certificate
Desert Sun 400-8267 (1 month unlimited silver or 3 spray tan)
Desert Sun 400-8267 (2 body wraps & 1 week red light therapy)
Yelm Food Co-op $50 Gift Certificate + gifts
Bob’s Red Mill (9 sets of t-shirts and baseball hats).
More to come…..

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