News & Updates

2017 Market Sponsorship Opportunities

If you’re looking for ways to support our all-volunteer, community-oriented market besides, well, shopping, vending and volunteering, we’ve got some great—and very cost-effective—sponsorship opportunities this year in two categories.

Like last year, our full-season sponsorship wall is returning. This 10’x10′ banner hangs at the back of the central market canopy for the entire season. It breaks down into three tiers:

Tier 1: Blue ribbon – For $200, your logo shares eye-catching top billing on the sponsor wall. You can also supply us with plenty of take-home literature (e.g., business cards, flyers, brochures), which will remain on display at the booth’s info table throughout the seasonTwo spots available. All spoken for. Thanks to the North Monroe Business District and Gene Brake of Keller Williams Realty!

Tier 2: Grower – For just $100, your logo gets a central full-season spot on the sponsor wall. Not quite as large as the ones above, not quite as modest as the ones below. Plus your business cards will be displayed on the info table. Three spots available. Also all spoken for. Thanks to Mary L. Cayer CPA, Diamonds in the Ruff and Boulevard Mercantile!

Tier 3: Sower – For a mere $50, your logo will be displayed on the sponsor wall all season long at a size that says, “Grandiosity isn’t our thing, but you definitely should still check us out.” Four spots available. Also all gone. Thanks to Bellwether BrewingMSD Irish Dance Academy, the West Central Community Center and the Spokane Edible Tree Project!

This year, we’re also doing something that have the potential to be a lot of fun: One-day sponsorships.

For a $250 donation, your business or organization will have the chance to “take over” the market on a date of your choice through branding, activities and outreach. This gives you a really great opportunity to connect face-to-face with potential clients or customers while taking advantage of our existing event framework with its own built-in draw.

Here are some ideas on how your organization might leverage this:

  • Advance ads in the local paper(s): “Join us for [Your Organization] Day at the Emerson-Garfield Farmers’ Market!”
  • Signage and banners provided by your organization and displayed across the market on the day of the event.
  • Flyers or door hangers promoting your organization’s day at the Emerson-Garfield Farmers’ Market, provided by you and distributed door to door with help from market volunteers.
  • Booking entertainment of your choice. This could be an employee with his or her own band or even something out of the ordinary, such as a magician or an Elvis impersonator to generate buzz.
  • A central outreach booth on the day of the event where you distribute print materials and promotional items — for example, discount coupons or branded tchotchkes.
  • A donation/fundraising drive or similar to add to the impact of the event.
  • Plugging into our cooking/gardening demos or our weekly popular KERNEL kids activity to create a theme or build excitement about the event.

All donations are used to cover essential market operational expenses, such as funding our weekly KERNEL kids activity, paying the market musicians, or our service fees for our point-of-sale devices. Donations are tax- deductible through our 501(c)3 partner organization, Project Hope Spokane.

No matter what kind of sponsorship you choose for your organization, you’ll also get plenty of shout-outs on our social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) throughout the season too.

So if you’re interested in supporting our grassroots market and benefitting from the promotion through one of these affordable sponsorship tiers, please send us an e-mail or give us a call at 255-3072.

2017 Market Vendor Application Now Available

Our updated vendor application for 2017 is now live!

You can download it here to print and mail. Or you can simply fill out our easy online application form.

So what’s different this year? Well, we’ve restructured our fees to reward vendor loyalty and reliability.

The full-season rate is now $250 up front, but vendors who attend at least 90% of the markets (15 out of 17) will be refunded $100 at the end of the season, making the booth fee just $9 per market.

Plus there’s an even larger loyalty discount for full-season vendors who apply and pay in full on or before April 30, 2017. They will be refunded $125 for 90% attendance at the end of the season, making the booth fee just $7 per market. That’s about as close to free as we can feasibly get.

As we see it, everyone benefits from this arrangement. Both new and returning vendors have the potential to score an incredibly attractive rate and, ideally, can pass that affordability on to our patrons. And our patrons have the additional comfort and confidence of knowing that they can count on their favorite vendors to be there nearly every week. That reliability is what helps markets to thrive.

The per diem booth fee in 2017 is $20 for one-time or occasional vendors. If you’d like to attend multiple markets, we can work with you on part- or half-season discounts. Just note it on your application.

This year we’re partnering even more with other local farmers markets to pool information and serve as a vendor resource. So there’s now an option on the application to have your information shared with Fairwood Farmers Market, the Thursday Market at South Perry and the Hillyard Farmers Market. This doesn’t mean you’re applying to all those markets, just that they will have access to your contact information and details. That makes it easier for participating markets to reach out to vendors who might be able to fill a particular niche.

Thanks to these and other collaborative efforts, we’ve got some great stuff in the works for 2017.

In the meantime, please let us know if you have any questions. You can reach the market manager at market@emersongarfield.org or by calling 255-3072.

Vendors, Music & Activities for September 30

Well, this is it. The last market of our fourth season. We’re sad to say goodbye to all of our growers, bakers, farmers and crafters until next June, but we can at least send them off in style.

In what’s now become a tradition, we’ll have an old-fashioned, hand-cranked cider press for apples, pears and other seasonal tree fruit. Come down and give it a whirl! If you want to press a large batch for yourself, you can even bring or buy your own apples. And don’t forget to bring a container too.

The last KERNEL activity of the season is going to be “Wheel of KERNEL.” This is a fun spinning wheel just like you’d find on a kid’s board game. The wheel has 9 categories and a free spin. Each category will cover one of the great games and lessons from the KERNEL activities this season, like Buzz About Bees or hula hooping. It’s totally free and, as always, every participant will get $2 in KERNEL Cash for spending on fresh fruit and veggies once they’ve completed the activity.

BECU will be back one last time, too, with their giveaway booth to promote their new Spokane branches. Give them a friendly welcome and chances are you’ll leave with some nice BECU swag!

And for music, we’re welcoming back Jones & Jones, who’ve performed (by popular request) almost monthly at the market throughout the season. We think their upbeat folk tunes will be the perfect soundtrack to say farewell to another great season and greet autumn.

Here’s everyone who’s scheduled to be closing the season with us today:

Produce

  • The Father’s Table: Neighborhood-grown produce.
  • Song Sparrow Farms: Fresh, locally grown produce, including melons. Also does a CSA.
  • The Farm Yard: Neighborhood-grown fruits and vegetables. Some craft items.
  • Woodard Family Farms: A variety of locally grown produce.
  • Riverfront Farm (Project Hope): Neighborhood-grown, scattered-site produce.
  • Other vendors also sell homegrown produce alongside their primary goods.

Meat & Honey

Baked Goods

Prepared

Non-food

  • Mary Beauregard: Plastic canvas needlepoint.
  • KC Creations: Original photography, greeting cards, beaded earrings and other beaded items.

Vendors, Music & Activities for September 23

It’s the penultimate week of this year’s market season. Early morning frosts have started to affect some of our growers’ crops, so be sure to keep an eye out for items like local heirloom tomatoes and zucchini. They might not be available for much longer.

However, some ends are also beginnings, and a few growers like Song Sparrow Farms already have big, plump pumpkins and acorn squash available.

Today’s free KERNEL activity was supposed to be Fun with Fungi, but it’s been changed to a really cool demonstration of transpiration, which is how plants absorb water and let it evaporate from their leaves. Kids will get to see transpiration in action and then do a coloring page. As always, every participant will get $2 in KERNEL Cash for spending on fresh fruit and veggies once they’re done.

This week we’re saying goodbye to Sailor Girl Soap & Supplies and Made with Love Bakery. Stop by, stock up for autumn, and find out where you can get in touch with them during the winter months.

BECU will be back with their giveaway booth to promote their new Spokane branches. Drop in at their booth for smiles and goodies and remember to give them a shout out with the #BECULife hashtag on social media.

For music, we’ve got a new band called Armed and Dangerous. Although they’ve been working on original music of their own, today they’ll be doing covers of classic rock.

Here are all the vendors who are currently scheduled to join us today:

Produce

  • The Father’s Table: Neighborhood-grown produce.
  • Song Sparrow Farms: Fresh, locally grown produce, including melons. Also does a CSA.
  • The Farm Yard: Neighborhood-grown fruits and vegetables. Some craft items.
  • Woodard Family Farms: A variety of locally grown produce.
  • Vladimir Kuzmenko: A wide variety of co-op produce from across Washington State.
  • Riverfront Farm (Project Hope): Neighborhood-grown, scattered-site produce.
  • Where the Wild Things Grow: Wild-harvested fruit.
  • Other vendors also sell homegrown produce alongside their primary goods.

Meat & Honey

Baked Goods

Prepared

  • Black Fire Kettle Corn: Fresh-made delectable kettle corn.
  • D’s Roasted Nuts: German-style roasted nuts with cinnamon and sugar.
  • Simply Sweets: Baklava, soft brittles, truffles, mints and seasonal products.

Non-food

  • Mary Beauregard: Plastic canvas needlepoint.
  • KC Creations: Original photography, greeting cards, beaded earrings and other beaded items.
  • Sailor Girl Soap & Supplies: Face, bath and body products handmade with natural and organic ingredients.

You can RSVP to this week’s market at its event page on Facebook.

Vendors, Music & Activities for September 16

Back by popular demand, we’ve got a free cooking demo this week with Andrew Larson, now head chef at Browne’s Tavern. It will take place between 4-6pm.

Andrew is going to be preparing squash bacon fritters and crunchy zucchini canapés using ingredients sourced right from the market. He’ll show you how to shop for the right ingredients and then take you through the recipes step by step. Feel free to bring family and friends along to this fun cooking demonstration and make a group outing of it. We’ll be posting those recipes to our Facebook page during the demo.

While you’re watching the cooking demo, your kids can take part in the free KERNEL activity. Using a leaf, crayon and paper, kids will be making colorful leaf rubbings just in time for autumn. As always, every participant will get $2 in KERNEL Cash for spending on fresh fruit and veggies once they’re done.

Catholic Charities Food for All and Caritas Outreach Ministries will also be doing a Fresh Bucks Spokane tour. All Fresh Bucks-eligible clients will be able to get a personalized tour of the market and have any questions answered.

Plus BECU will be back with their giveaway booth to promote their new Spokane branches. Stop by for lots of free smiles and goodies, then give them a shout out with the #BECULife hashtag to welcome them to the city.

And, finally, Carter Junction will be our musical entertainment this week. Clinton and Sarah unite Clinton’s deep baritone with Sarah’s angelic yet earthy tones to create some beautiful folk and western.

Here are all the vendors who are currently scheduled to join us today:

Produce

  • Catholic Charities Food for All: Local, community-farmed produce.
  • Song Sparrow Farms: Fresh, locally grown produce, including melons. Also does a CSA.
  • The Farm Yard: Neighborhood-grown fruits and vegetables. Some craft items.
  • Woodard Family Farms: A variety of locally grown produce.
  • Vladimir Kuzmenko: A wide variety of co-op produce from across Washington State.
  • Riverfront Farm (Project Hope): Neighborhood-grown, scattered-site produce.
  • Where the Wild Things Grow: Wild-harvested fruit.
  • Other vendors also sell homegrown produce alongside their primary goods.

Meat & Honey

Baked Goods

Prepared

  • Black Fire Kettle Corn: Fresh-made delectable kettle corn.
  • D’s Roasted Nuts: German-style roasted nuts with cinnamon and sugar.

Non-food

  • Mary Beauregard: Plastic canvas needlepoint.
  • KC Creations: Original photography, greeting cards, beaded earrings and other beaded items.
  • Lynette Sjol: Handmade quilts and baskets.

You can RSVP to this week’s market at its event page on Facebook.

We look forward to seeing you there!