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