This year's dates were decided at the annual Spring Vendor-Member Meeting on April 12th: OPENING DAY - Thursday May 10; CLOSING Day - November 15.
Markets will be in Triangle Park until October 18th, and then move indoors to the CCC for October 25th to November 15th (the last Thursday before Thanksgiving).
Plant Frenzy date still TBA so stay tuned (it's gonna happen--and soon!) All community members (not just vendors) will be welcome to set up tables for free to buy /sell /trade their seeds, seedlings, and plants.
A good-sized crowd came out for the meeting; mostly returning vendors from 2017, some past vendors, and a new produce vendor or 2 (looks more produce will be happening this year--yum!)
...new Board Member Jessica said she's committed to having kid activities *every* Thursday
... Sarah Byler of the The Dinner Table Foundation's Gleaning Project was there to speak with both Market vendors and home gardeners about donating their extra produce on Thursdays for distribution to food banks in north Okanogan County. (We'll be posting more on this soon)
... We will again be participating in WIC, Food Stamp, and Fresh Bucks programs (scroll down for details)
... and Market Rules and Vendor Applications have not really changed since last year, and are available to read or download (in English and Spanish) if you scroll to bottom of this page.
Market Manager Tom Cloud will have forms with him on Thursdays at the Market. If you have questions you can always Call Tom at 486-2333 or
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, Deadlines, and Contract Agreements, are available (in English and Spanish) at the WA Dept of Health website or by calling 1-800-841-1410.
Tonasket Farmers Market also 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.
(this page updated 5-30-18)
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.
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.)