Market Poster Contest Winners for 2016

The winners of this year’s Emerson-Garfield Farmers’ Market poster contest are Madison Whitmarsh (grade 3) and Brynn Hooper (grade 2), both of Garfield Elementary.

Typically we pick one winner from each participating school, but, sadly, Audubon Elementary submitted no entries this year. Fortunately, the strong showing from Garfield Elementary even led to an honorable mention for the first time: Sarah Banuelos. Our judges really liked her colorful vendor couple.

Madison and Brynn will each receive $15 in tokens to spend at the opening market on Friday, June 10. Their fully credited drawings will also be used for the print posters and handbills we use to promote the market throughout the season.

Many, many thanks to every student who entered a drawing. We really appreciate your participation.

Next year the contest returns to Trinity Catholic School and Spokane Public Montessori. Get your crayons and markers ready!

Market Poster Contest 2016

Parents of students at Audubon and Garfield Elementary,  please take note!

The Emerson-Garfield Farmers’ Market is holding its third annual poster contest for students in neighborhood schools. Audubon Elementary and Garfield Elementary are the schools that have been invited to take part this year. A notice should have been distributed in the students’ Monday folders about two weeks ago.

Students in grades 1–6 at these schools are asked to design a poster for the upcoming 2016 market season.

The poster should:

  • be in color on white 8.5″ x 11″ (US letter-sized) paper; portrait or landscape style are both acceptable
  • contain the title: Emerson-Garfield Farmers’ Market — please make sure it’s properly spelled and punctuated!
  • illustrate the theme “community farmers market

The deadline is FridayMay 6. Two winning entries — one from each school — will be selected and announced by Monday, May 9. Students are asked to submit only one (1) entry per individual.

The winning entries will printed as posters and flyers. They will be hung throughout the neighborhood and around Spokane prior to and during the 2016 market season to help promote the market. They will also be posted on the market’s and/or Emerson-Garfield Neighborhood’s blog, Twitter and Facebook accounts.

The two winners and their parent(s) or guardian will be asked to be present at the opening market on Friday, June 10 to be acknowledged in person. They will each receive a similar amount ($15 each) of tokens to be spent at the market.

More info about the Emerson-Garfield Farmers’ Market is available here on this website or on our Facebook page.

Students can check with their school office to see where they should submit your entries.

As always, we look forward to seeing what you create!

Volunteers Needed for 2016 Season

Our market is looking for committed volunteers for the 2016 season. This year the season will likely run from June 10 to September 30 (exact dates are still being finalized).

Specifically, we need people who are willing to help in the following areas:

  • Recruiting vendors before and during the market season
  • Liaising regularly with vendors throughout the season to ensure their needs are being met
  • Setting up and breaking down the market each Friday (takes place before 3pm and after 7pm)
  • Staffing the market booth to answer customer inquiries and swipe credit/debit/EBT cards in exchange for tokens
  • Organizing the annual school poster contest
  • Creating and distributing promotional materials (e.g., posters, flyers)
  • Maintaining the market’s social media (e.g., blog and Facebook)
  • Scheduling activities and musicians each week
  • Establishing partnerships with likeminded area nonprofits
  • Coordinating the market’s participation in FMNP and the WSFMA
  • Collecting vendor tokens, entering weekly tallies and requesting payment

You don’t necessarily need expertise in any of these areas! Our existing volunteers are happy to provide one-on-one mentoring.

We’re also open to working with organizations that are looking for internship placement opportunities. The market offers on-the-job experience in PR, marketing, entrepreneurship, management, budgeting, and lots more. It’s the perfect learn-by-doing environment to train young adults in these valuable job skills. And because our market is concerned with outreach, food access and community-building, it has the potential to be much more fulfilling than ordinary internships.

If you’re interested in any of these opportunities, please send us an e-mail.

As the Emerson-Garfield Farmers’ Market is a grassroots, community-oriented initiative, your involvement—even if it’s one market per month or one hour per week—is essential to making it happen.

Vendors and Activities for July 10

Have we got a fun activity lined up this week — garden photography! Award-winning photographer Chris Wooley of Head and Tails Photo is going to show you how to put your best flower forward when showing off your home garden on Instagram or Facebook. He’ll go over macro settings, bokeh, filters and other ways to make your flowers and other plants look their best. So feel free to bring your camera, any questions you may have, and any photos you want to show off.

The Kids Eating Right: Nutrition and Exercise for Life (KERNEL) pilot program is launching today too. Organized by us and Catholic Charities’ Food for All initiative, this marks the start of a weekly kid-friendly activity that focuses on healthy eating and exercise. It’s safe, free and lots of fun, so bring your children and grandchildren! This week kids will get to transplant a zucchini of their own and learn how to tend and harvest it.

SafeLink Wireless is going to be joining us at the market today too. Through the federal Lifeline program, they’re able to give qualifying individuals free mobile devices and voice plans they need to to connect to jobs, family and emergency services at no cost. If you think you might be eligible (folks on SNAP, SSI, TANF and other assistance programs are good candidates), please stop by the market today and find out more at the SafeLink booth.

Our musician today is Hannah Siglin, another market favorite. She sings and plays beautifully. Andrew Kunellis, a songsmith from the Oakland area who’s playing our market for the first time. (Hannah is actually scheduled for next week!)

And, yes, today there will be Korean food from Spokane Hope Christian Reformed Church to eat in or take out. You’ll find them in the basement of Knox. Just follow the sandwich boards — or the heavenly scent of authentic Korean food.

Oh, and there are still a few remaining dump passes worth $20 each for Emerson-Garfield Neighborhood residents. First come, first served.

And without further ado, here are the vendors scheduled to join us today:

Planning on coming today? Please RSVP on Facebook here! We’re a grassroots market and rely on our patrons to help get the word out.

Jenkins Java will have a Italian sodas and cold-brewed coffee to complement your Korean food. They also have non-homogenized milk from Spokane’s Family Farm. Gallons are only $4.50 — that’s less expensive than the same milk at most supermarkets.

Seeking Sponsors for Kids’ Activities

In partnership with Catholic Charities Spokane, the Emerson-Garfield Farmers’ Market is looking to launch a pilot program of kids’ activities called Kids Eating Right: Nutrition and Exercise for Life (or KERNEL for short).

KERNEL is a youth-oriented nutrition and exercise program that, if successful, will be hosted by several Spokane area farmers markets. It is designed to actively engage kids in learning about food, exercise and gardening. The proposed scheduled is for a 12-week program that has a different module each week. Each module is short in length, but focused on introducing youth to a lifestyle that includes nutrition and exercise.

The pilot program at Emerson-Garfield Farmers’ Market will start on July 10 of this year and run through September 25. We would assume a maximum of 20 participating children per week.

Each child would receive a booklet or passport with the 12-week KERNEL schedule. There would be a space for a sticker signifying completion of the module. Each child who completed 10 or more modules would receive a free, signed book at the end of the series.

Proposed modules would include:

  • Planting a seed pot
  • Basic composting
  • Yoga
  • Nutrition bingo
  • A concert with make-your-own instruments

The market is looking for sponsors to help make this happen. Sponsors could donate enough to cover the materials for one week’s activity (typically $50) or enough for several weeks. The total cost of the entire KERNEL program is anticipated to be $1000. All sponsors would receive ample promotion, including verbal and written recognition and logo/name visibility on a banner.

If you, your business or your organization is interested in sponsoring KERNEL — and helping to give many children a safe, fun, educational activity as a result — please get in touch with us at or by calling (509) 720-7350. We have much more detailed info on the program that we can provide to prospective sponsors.