Jessie (and her mother) from Crafted with Some Crazy will be setting up a sewing station on Saturday, April 29 at the market to help Sprouts members make a token pouch to keep their market money organized!
There is no cost for the pouch activity. Thank you to Jessie for donating the supplies, as well as her time and expertise for this event!!
After a rainy two weeks leading up to the opening of the 2017 season at the Washington Farmers' Market, we were all ready for a beautiful day - and we got it! Vendors and visitors enjoyed a sunny and warm (but not hot!) day with a nice breeze at the market. Traffic was steady all day long, including 72 members of the Sprouts Kids Club, who happily collected their tokens and caught up with their favorite vendors after a long winter break!
Speaking of the Sprouts Club...
We would be happy to accept more sponsors, and we can always use more volunteers for the registration/check-in table. Info on both opportunities is available at washmomarket.com/kidsclub. And of course, new participants in the program are always welcome. Special thanks to the sponsors that have already committed to supporting the program - Bank of Washington, Missouri Rhine Valley Association, and Schroeder Drugs.
I think it was a wonderful day for everyone. This was the first Opening Day in a few years that I didn't need to layer multiple pairs of pants to keep warm, so that was a nice bonus! We heard lots of compliments on the new market merchandise featuring our new, beautiful logo (t-shirts and baseball shirts - tote bags that should be available this coming weekend).
We will have a few new produce vendors in the next couple of weeks, and we will also have some of our regulars that just weren’t able to attend opening day. We are really working to have more plants and produce available at the market each week. Interested vendors can call me at the chamber (636-239-2715), email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the website www.washmomarket.com for paperwork.
Reminder - the market is open every Saturday through the end of October, and we usually extend market hours on the days of Downtown festivals. The one exception is Art Fair and Winefest in May, when we are still open, but we move to the parking lot at Main & Cedar.
Market merchandise is now available for order! If you are interested in any items, please fill out an order form at the Sprouts table during market hours, complete the form below, or contact Amanda at the Chamber Office (636-239-2715 x106) Monday through Friday.
T-shirts are available in heather grey with a full chest logo, or heather charcoal with a left chest logo. T-shirts are $12 each. The heather grey shirt is available in adult and youth sizes. The charcoal shirt is available in adult sizes only.
Baseball shirts are heather grey with royal blue sleeves and a full chest logo. Baseball shirts come in adult and youth sizes and are $15 each.
Hoodies (not shown) are the same design as the baseball tee - heather grey with royal blue sleeves and hood. Hoodies are available in adult sizes and cost $35 each.
Plus, coming soon... Market totes!
The popular kids club at the market, Sprouts, will be in operation for the entire market season in 2017. Last year was the first year for the kids club, and the program began in June. Thanks to the support of sponsors, the club will start on Opening Day (April 8) for 2017!
Online Pre-Registration will be accepted until Thursday, April 6. Participants not pre-registered will need to sign up at the Sprouts table at the market on Saturdays. The Sprouts registration/check-in table will be open each week from 8 a.m. until 12 noon.
About the Sprouts Club
Goal: To introduce children to a variety of fresh, local produce while encouraging families to shop at the Washington Farmers’ Market.
Who Can Participate: Children ages 3-10
How Does it Work?
· Parents register children to be members of the Sprouts Kids Club.
· Children check-in at the Sprouts table each market day and receive $2 in sprout tokens, which can only be used for fresh produce from a market vendor. Tokens can be spent immediately, saved for a larger purchase, or combined with siblings’ or friends’ tokens for a larger purchase.
· Purchases can only be made by the Sprout member. Adults cannot make purchases with the tokens and may not pick up tokens from the Sprouts table for children.
Changes for 2017
Sprouts will still earn two tokens (eligible for the purchase of fresh fruits and veggies only) each week when they check in. On each 5th visit, club members will now earn two bonus tokens, which can be used on any item at the market!
Another part of the program we are excited to expand is the education component. We will have presentations and hands-on activities scheduled throughout the year on market days as well. You can stay up-to-date on the special events at the market by watching the Market website and Facebook page. Information will also be sent in the Farmers' Market e-newsletter.
We are always looking for volunteers to help at the registration/check-in table. We need two volunteers for each 2-hour shift at the table. This is a great way for local youth to get their community service hours for scholarship/school requirements! If you are interested in volunteering at the market, please check out our available time slots and sign up!
If you have questions about the Sprouts Club, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Amanda at the Chamber Office (636-239-2715 x106).
We are so excited to bring back the Sprouts Kids Club for 2017! Last year was the first year for the program, designed to introduce children to a variety of fresh, local produce while encouraging families to shop at the Washington Farmers' Market. Children earn $2 in Sprouts tokens each week when they check'in at the market. The money can be used only for fresh fruits and/or vegetables. This year, we will also add "bonus bucks," which is an additional $2 that is earned with every 5th check-in. Bonus bucks can be redeemed for any item at any vendor booth.
Sponsorship dollars are used to reimburse the vendors that accept Sprouts tokens. We have two sponsorship levels - $1,000 and $250. Click Here for a sponsorship overview. If you would like to sign up to be a sponsor, please complete the contract of your choice (1,000 contract - 250 contract) and return to the Chamber office. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Amanda (636-239-2715 x106).
Applications are now available for new vendors for the 2017 market season. Currently, reserved spaces are available for produce vendors only. Cost for a reserved space is $160 for the full season. An unlimited number of general permits are also available. General permits cost $110 for the season. For full rules/regulations, as well as an application, please click here. If you have additional questions about permits, please contact Amanda at the Chamber Office (636-239-2715 x106). Opening Day for the 2017 season will be Saturday, April 8. Permits can be issued at any time throughout the season, but must be obtained at the Chamber of Commerce office during work-week hours (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.). Permits will not be issued on Saturday mornings.