2018 Market Sponsor Opportunities

Just like last year and the year before, our full-season sponsorship wall is returning. This highly visible 10’x10′ banner hangs at the back of the central market canopy for the entire season, making it a great spot to highlight your business or organization (for a really affordable price, too) while supporting our neighborhood’s grassroots, all-volunteer market.

Banner sponsorship 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 season. Two spots available. All gone! 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 Two spots available. Thanks so far to the West Central Community Center!

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. All gone! Thanks to Elliots – An Urban Kitchen, the Spokane Edible Tree Project, Carquest on Monroe and the Center for Justice!

This year, we’re also holding one-day sponsorships again.

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, River City Youth Ops (formerly 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.

2018 Market Vendor Application Now Available!

The 2018 market vendor application has been posted. As always, we’re welcoming a variety of growers, ranchers, bakers, and more to be a part of our market.

The fees are unchanged from last season. In other words, if you attend 90% of the markets (15 of 17), you’ll get up to half of your full-season fee of $250 back at the end of the season as a way of saying thanks for your consistency and loyalty.

You can easily apply online at http://bit.ly/EGFM-2018 or click here to download the PDF version of the application, which you can then print, fill out and mail.

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.

Our Market Is Moving!

The Emerson-Garfield Farmers’ Market is moving! Starting this season (which begins on June 10, by the way), you can find us in the parking lot of the Adult Education Center located at 2310 North Monroe.

This is amazing news for a number of reasons:

  • The market is now more visible and centrally located along North Monroe.
  • The new location is right next to the stop for the #24 bus line and the only lighted crosswalk on North Monroe.
  • We’ll have a perfect basis for collaboration with the Community Colleges of Spokane.
  • There will be even more room for vendors, music, activities and parking.
  • It’s only two blocks from the former site, so it remains just as accessible to our existing patrons.

The market day and times—that is, every Friday from 3-7pm—are unchanged.

The folks at the Adult Education Center and Community Colleges of Spokane who helped make this happen in incredibly short order deserve a huge thanks. We’re looking forward to working with them further.

We confess to leaving the parking lot of Knox Presbyterian with a heavy heart. They’ve been ideal hosts for the past three years — and they were unique in recognizing the mutually beneficial potential of our community-oriented farmers market from the very beginning. We still intend to honor their early involvement with waived vendor fees for Knox congregants. And we’re also working on ways to make sure that Korean food from Spokane Hope CRC, which shares the Knox building, is still available on select market dates.

In the meantime, please help spread the word by sharing this post far and wide! We worked our tails off for years to encourage people to seek out the market in the Knox lot, and now we’ve got to make sure all our loyal patrons are ready to move with us.