Welcome current--and future--vendors Here's a little on 2017 Market business. The Board began to meet in March, we had 18 vendors at the annual Spring Meeting on April 27th, we hosted a Plant Frenzy on May 6th, and opening day was May 11th. Market days are again on Thursdays and held in Triangle Park at the north end of town where Hwy 97 meets Western Avenue.

At the Spring Meeting a board position was filled, and booth fees were raised by $1.00 (cost of a booth is now $8 per Market day.) In the past 4 years our income has exceeded expenses by a couple of hundred dollars two years and lost a similar amount two years. The extra income will be used for advertising, subsidizing the Fresh Bucks program, and special event costs. Otherwise our Market Rules and Application pages are the same as last year (scroll down to read or print.)

Time Change for October Markets: 2pm-6pm Starting on October 5th the Market will open and close one hour earlier. It's getting dark earlier! As we've done in past years, we'll change the time from 3-7pm and, instead, the last 4 Markets of the 2017 Season will be from 2-6pm.

Last Market Day for 2017: October 26th The Board and Vender Members have decided not to extend the season into November--indoors or outdoors--this year. So let's make the most of the few Thursdays that are left, and enjoy the crisp, autumn air together. :-)

YOU can become a vendor at any time. Need more info? Call the Market Manager, Tom Cloud, at 486-2333, talk to Tom during the Market, or .


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 9-26-17)

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

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.)


2017 Market Dates

  • LAST MARKET October 26th
  • 2-6pm Time Change Starts October 5th
  • Kids' Day August 24
  • Kids' Day June 22
  • OPENING DAY May 11
  • Plant Frenzy May 6
  • Spring Vendor Meeting April 27

Board Meetings: 1st Mondays

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

March 6
April 3
May 1
June 5
July 3
August 7
September 4
October 2
November 6
December 4


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