2018 Market Volunteer Opportunities

Interested in volunteering at the Emerson-Garfield Farmers’ Market this season?

Our market is entirely volunteer-driven, which is why your participation could make the difference between something great and something amazing.

Here are the broad areas where we can use your volunteer assistance followed by a brief description of what’s involved. The commitment is flexible — there’s something for everyone and their busy schedules.

Bear in mind that there’s a how-to and existing resources for each of these areas, so you won’t be starting from scratch or going it alone. If something piques your interest, let us know and you’ll be given all the support you need to do it.

Scheduling musicians

Identify musicians who can perform each week at the market. Enter their contact info into a schedule. Ideally, be onsite during setup (2:30-3pm) to help them get them settled.

Vendor relations

Approach new vendors (typically farmers, bakers, ranchers, food trucks). Handle incoming applications. Make sure they’ve paid their fees and their questions are answered. Keep the process of application/payment/scheduling organized. We like to have about 25 vendors each week.

Social media

Post regularly on the market’s Facebook and Instagram pages with recipes, news, events, opportunities, photos, videos, etc. Create Facebook events each week to promote the market. Interact with vendors, customers, foodies, other markets on social media.

School market poster contest

This year it involves Garfield and Audubon Elementary. Get K-6 students to design market posters with the help of their art teachers, announcements in the Monday folders, etc. Collect and judge their submissions, notify the winners.

Print marketing

Get the market posters designed (maybe you know a graphic designer who can augment the school drawings?), printed and hung across town. Get market leaflets designed, printed and distributed.

Community partnerships/events

Got some ideas about fun community-centric activities you’d like to see? Use the market as a platform to put them into action! We like to involve churches, nonprofits, community centers, libraries, schools and other local organizations in the market. You would help identify and approach those organizations as well as plan and promote any special events, such as food truck rallies, our annual Craftwalk event, fun activities, themed market days, etc.

Cooking demos

Work with area chefs to hold cooking demonstrations using market ingredients about once per month.

Day-of volunteering

This means being onsite each Friday during the market season to help staff the market booth (info and payments), supervise the KERNEL kids’ activity, or set up and tear down. There’s already a place where you can sign up for individual shifts during the market season: http://bit.ly/EGFM-vols2018

Volunteer coordination and recruitment

Many hands make light work! If you can help bring more volunteers—family, friends, neighbors, classmates—into the fold, it means we can do bigger and better things with less individual effort. If someone wants to take the lead on organizing our volunteers, it would free core staff to concentrate on managerial stuff.

… so get in touch!

If one or more of those areas might be up your alley, or if you’d just like to learn more about what’s involved, just drop us a line and we’ll get back to you.

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!

Vendors and Activities for June 5

We’re kicking off our second full season in style. Today for your musical pleasure is Broken Whistle (pictured above), the band that appeared as if out of the blue last year and had the entire market enthralled by their performance.

At 4pm, we’re going to be recognizing our market poster contest winners, August Nelson and Mason Brazill. These are the two students from local elementary schools (this year we held the contest in Spokane Public Montessori and Trinity Catholic) whose drawings are now featured on our posters and handbills. Each winner will get $15 in market tokens and a hearty helping of thanks. Come out and show these two young — and clearly talented — artists your support!

On the other side of the parking lot, master composters will be holding a composting demo. They’ve been gathering your lawn cuttings, leaves and kitchen scraps for weeks in order to show you how to turn it into nutrient-rich super-soil for your backyard garden. That will be ongoing, so you don’t have to show up at an appointed time. This activity actually marks the start of several weekly hands-on gardening how-tos — but more on that in time.

Right in the lower level of Knox Presbyterian, the Spokane Hope Christian Reformed Church (스포켄 소망교회) will be holding one of their Korean food sales alongside the market. That means you can get hot, freshly prepared, authentic Korean food just a few steps away — just follow the scent. Grab a bite when you’re done shopping and enjoy it outside on the lawn or at the picnic table. Incidentally, the Korean Church is scheduled to hold their hot food sale every week.

There are also so many info booths that we lost count. SNAP is supposed to be on hand as well as some representatives from Building Stronger Neighborhoods.

As for vendors — here’s everyone who’s scheduled to join us today:

  • Alpine Bakery – A full range of baked goods, including gluten-free
  • Awesome Possum – Handmade all-natural lotion bars and lip balms
  • Chattaroy Cheese Co. – Farmstead goat cheese
  • Country Buddies – Jams, salsas and more
  • Courtney’s Crafts for Costa Rica – Handmade jewelry, scrapbooks and more
  • The Farm Yard – Neighborhood-grown veggies, herbs and more
  • The Father’s Table – Neighborhood-grown veggies, herbs and starts
  • Food for All (aka Vinegar Flats) – Locally grown veggies and herbs
  • Gourmet Foragables – Wild-harvest edibles including mushrooms & berries
  • KC Creations – Beaded lanyards, leashes, earrings, photos and custom cards
  • KJ Pottery – Handcrafted functional pottery for the home and elsewhere
  • Jenkins Java – Cold- and hot-brewed coffee plus sodas
  • Mama Torrez Salsas – Authentic salsas, pico de gallo and chips
  • Mary Beauregard – Plastic canvas needlepoint
  • Morning Sun Bakery – Cinnamon rolls, muffins, cakes
  • Orange Thyme – Natural balms, soaps, perfume oils, body butters and more
  • Patti’s Pies – Homemade pies
  • Petunia’s Marketplace – Flavored honey, candies, gourmet pasta and more
  • Riverfront Farm – Locally grown vegetables from Project Hope Spokane
  • The Scone Ranger – Sweet and savory scones
  • Simply Sweets – Confectionery including baklava and brittles
  • Song Sparrow Farms – Locally grown vegetables
  • Vladimir Kuzmenko – Fruits and vegetables from the Yakima area
  • Wash House Candies – Dried fruit, granola, seasonings, honey and more

We’re getting every last item in place so you can do a full, affordable grocery shop here. Jenkins Java will be selling half-gallons of milk from Spokane’s Family Farm. And Petunia’s will have meat from Ramstead Ranch plus eggs!

Later in the month — and possibly as early as next week — we’ll regularly have certified organic fruit (cherries, peaches, nectarines, apples) from R.P. Guerrero Farms. As they’ll be traveling from their orchards in Quincy, they want to make sure they’ve got enough product.

Our regular chair masseuse, Rufino A. Zusimbo, was already committed to another event today, but he’ll be back in the usual “zen” spot on the lawn starting next week. We’ve also been getting some last-minute applicants, so you could very well see someone selling some lovely perennials there.

What’s Poppin’ Kettle Corn is confirmed to be with us starting on June 19.

And one more thing: Emerson-Garfield residents (and only Emerson-Garfield residents) will be able pick up dump passes worth $20 each. There’s a limited number, so get there early. We’ll be handing them out at the central market booth.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Market Poster Contest Winners for 2015

The winners of this year’s Emerson-Garfield Farmers’ Market poster contest are August Nelson (grade 6, Trinity Catholic School) and Mason Brazill (grade 4, Spokane Public Montessori).

We’d like to give a special shout out to Trinity for putting in such an amazing showing. Over 70 students submitted drawings with dozens of creative takes on the food and fun of a farmers market — which naturally made it all the harder to choose!

August and Mason will each receive $15 in tokens to spend at the opening market on Friday, June 5. Plus their drawings will be used for the print posters and handbills we use to promote the market throughout the season.

Many thanks to every student who entered! With enough time and resources we’d showcase every single drawing, because each one had something to recommend it.

Next year the contest returns to Audubon and Garfield Elementary, so get your crayons and markers ready!