Welcome Past, Recent, and Future Vendors



Our 2017 season ran each Thursday between May 11th and October 26th. Our last board meeting of the year was on November 6th. At that meeting Market manager Tom Cloud, reported:
--our income for the year was $163.69 more than expenses.
--We processed $1104 in Snap tokens (food stamps) this year compared to $366 worth last year
--and Market produce vendors redeemed $415 in Fresh Buck bonus coupons.
Together these mean more income for local farmers, and more healthy food for low income residents.

We were happy to welcome two new alternate board members, Jessica Hendrix and Sandra Becka. Both expressed enthusiasm and good ideas for next year’s Market.

The board discussed ideas for increasing public awareness of the Market, holding more events such as the popular Kids’ Days, providing more information on nutrition and cooking techniques, and recruiting a variety of entertainers. Community help in any of these endeavors will be welcome.

The board also discussed our decision to not have an indoor market in November of 2017. Some vendors expressed disappointment, but the past two year’s extended season lost money.

We decided to revisit the possibility of an extended/November Marrket in early spring 2018. The Market would need a reasonable number of vendors to commit to the extended season; and produce vendors would need certainty in order to plant crops for fall season harvest.

To facilitate this discussion we have scheduled our FIRST BOARD MEETING and SPRING VENDOR MEETING for NEXT SEASON for APRIL 12, 2018 at the Community Cultural Center. We welcome vendor and customer suggestions.

Meanwhile the Market and the board will hibernate.

Thanks to all for another great Market season!

WIC / FMNP at Our Market

Tonasket Farmers Market is proud to participate in Women-Infant-Children (WIC) and Senior Farmers Market Nutritional Program (FMNP). The program goals are to provide fresh, healthy, unprocessed, locally-grown fresh fruits, vegetables, and cut herbs to WIC families and low-income seniors; and to support local farming by increasing the use of farmers markets, roadside stands, and community-supported agriculture.

The deadline for new produce vendors to apply for accepting these vouchers was May 1st. Returning WIC vendors should have been notified if they were due for renewal.

More info on FMNP, Grower Applications, and Contract Agreements, are available (in English and Spanish) at the WA Dept of Health website or by calling (800) 525-0127


Food Stamps and Fresh Bucks at Our Market

In July 2016 we began using a token system to make it possible for vendors to accept Food Stamps at the Market. Shoppers take their SNAP/EBT cards to our information booth and receive wooden Food Stamp tokens, good only at our Tonasket Farmers Market. SNAP Tokens can be accepted for all 'take home to eat' foodstuffs (produce, meat, cheese, canned and baked goods), but no hot/deli/restaurant items (like coffee and sandwiches), live animals, or plant starts. note: Vendors cannot give change for these Food Stamp Tokens--accept for whole dollar amounts only.

Tonasket Farmers Market also now participates in Food For All (FFA) "Fresh Bucks", a matching program which helps SNAP/EBT shoppers stretch their Market dollar by 40%! For every $5 of wooden SNAP Tokens purchased FFA gives $2 in Fresh Bucks, good at any farmers market. Fresh Bucks can be used to purchase fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, herbs, and edible plant starts. note: Vendors should not give change for Fresh Bucks--accept for whole dollar amounts only.

Unlike WIC, vendors do not need to apply for any permits with SNAP or Fresh Bucks, just arrange with Tom Cloud, Market Manager, to get the stickers for your booth that let shoppers know what you accept as payment. Vendors can exchange their wooden SNAP Tokens for cash with the Manager weekly at the end of each Market; and can exchange their Fresh Bucks monthly, on the 3rd Thursday of the month.


2017 Vender Rules

  • Participating vendors pay a $10 annual membership plus $8 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.

Vendor Forms

Vendor Applications

People who are doing baked goods should check out the

Click to see the Market Rules/Policies


(this page updated 11-19-17)

Contacts

Market Manager

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

Our Current Board

All vendors who sell at Market are members of the Association, and elect a Board of Directors to promote and oversee the Market.
  • Terri Dean, President 486-0395 (mssg)

  • Tanya Palomares, Secretary 557-9782

  • Val Welles, Treasurer 486-8803

  • Linda Fowler 429-0346

  • Carey Hunter 826-9492

  • Wayne Verbeck 429-0188

  • Alternates:
    Jessica Hendrix
    Sandra Becka

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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Our Vendors Are Members

We've introduced health-conscious consumers to local farmers since 1998. Our stated purpose is to promote and encourage the development of small-scale agriculture and to provide and administer a seasonal marketplace for local producers of agricultural products, food, and crafts. All goods sold at the Market must be grown, produced and/or processed in Okanogan or Ferry County.

All vendors who sell at Market are members of the Association, and elect a Board of Directors to promote and oversee the Market. (See more about the board and meetings in the green side columns.)


2018 Market Dates

  • Spring Vendor Meeting April 12

Board Meetings: 1st Mondays

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

  • *Thursday, April 12


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