April 21st Member Mtg / May 7 Garden Party / OPENING DAY May 12


2016 market coming up
The Tonasket Farmers Market board met on March 7th, ready to dig in and leap into Spring. Energy and enthusiasm were expressed by new and returning board members to recruit new vendors and increase the number of shoppers this coming Market season. Committees were formed to produce regular radio and newspaper announcements, as well as a Farmers Market brochure and fliers to be distributed locally.

Thursday April 21st (not 4/7, as previously posted) is our SPRING GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING , 4 pm, at the Community Cultural Center. Vendor members and the public are invited to attend. 2016 vendor applications will be available at the meeting (and at Market days and TonasketFarmersMarket .com afterwards.)

MARKET RULES AND RATES have not changed from 2015. *Participating vendors pay a $10 annual membership plus $7 per Market for a 10 by 10 foot booth space. *All goods sold must be grown or made within Okanogan or Ferry County. *Vendors are not required to attend the Market every week. *Community service and non-profit groups who want to provide information at Market are asked to pay annual membership fee but are not charged for weekly booth space.

Saturday, May 7th, TFM will host a pre-season "Spring Garden Party" (formerly called Plant Frenzy) from 2:30 to 4:30 pm in Triangle Park. There will be no booth fee. Anyone with plants, starts, cuttings, or seeds to sell, trade or give away are welcome. (No craft or yard sale items please!) Board members will be selling picnic plates to raise money to support the Market. Music will be provided. Come enjoy!

Thursday May 12th is the FIRST REGULAR MARKET of the 2016 season. Market days will again be held at Triangle Park on Hwy 97 at north end of town, Thursday afternoons from 3 to 7 pm.

Tonasket Farmers Market Association lost money last year, due mostly to the chaos created by the wildfires. Customer flow was nearly normal but vendor attendance was down. It is vendor fees that keep the Market afloat. To draw new vendors, and to help low income shoppers eat healthfully, the Market manager and board are working to accept SNAP/EBT (food stamp) cards this season. Our March board meeting was attended by Brian Estes, Program Coordinator for Spokane Catholic Charities Food For All. He explained the food stamp program and offered his organization’s help to guide us through the application and set-up process.

So, come on down to the Tonasket Farmers Market! Tell your friends and neighbors of the events we have planned. (We'll keep posting updates here on Facebook.) If you can grow more food than you eat, consider becoming a vendor. Every Thursday can be a Garden Party

--Tom Cloud, Market manager



Directions

The Market is in Triangle Park, at the very north end of Tonasket, right on highway 97.

If you're coming to visit us, and you're not familiar with the area, here are driving directions to our Market. Enter your address. Example: 305 Tyee St, Okanogan, WA


Contacts

Market Manager

Tom Cloud, 509 486-2333,
or
(Tom also serves as the Market's bookkeeper)

Our 2016 Board

All vendors who sell at Market are members of the Association, and elect a Board of Directors to promote and oversee the Market.
  • Mark Overton, President 429-9339
  • Terri Dean, Vice President 486-0395 (mssg)
  • Tanya Palomares, Secretary 557-9782
  • Val Welles, Treasurer 486-8803
  • Carey Hunter 826-9492
  • Olga Corrales Rubio 486-2034
Alternate Board Members:
  • Martha Lynch *715* 642-3212
  • Wayne Verbeck 429-0188

write us
PO Box 772
Tonasket, WA 98855

or

Board meetings are held the 1st Monday of each month, at 1pm, at the CCC. Our meetings are open to the public, as the board strives to serve both its vendors and the customers who shop with us.

To fit your topic into the agenda, and do any necessary research, it helps to let us know beforehand. We ask you submit any grievance, complaint, or suggestion for improvement in writing. The board will discuss it at our very next meeting, and respond within a week after that meeting.

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2016 Market Dates

  • April 21st Member Meeting
  • May 7 Garden Party
  • May 12 2016 OPENING DAY

Board Meetings: 1st Mondays

(subject to change)
1pm, at the CCC
411 S. Western Ave.

March 7
April 4
May 2
June 6
July 4* (will be changed)
August 1
September 5
October 3
November 7
December 5


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