I’ve been to many farmers’ markets; in fact I consider myself to be somewhat of a connoisseur. Here’s my guilty little secret – outside of making many, many purchases from the vendors, I’ve never thought to donate to the markets themselves. I’ve always assumed that farmers’ markets were self-sustaining, but during my short tenure on the board I’ve learned that most of them are not. The South Hadley Farmers’ Market is no exception, and we really need your help.
The following are essential to the continued success of the South Hadley Farmers’ Market – all of which cost money:
- Liability insurance. The Market can’t operate without it, and it’s EXPENSIVE!
- Tables, chairs, and tents. No one wants to get heat stroke and die! This is only partly a joke – sitting in the summer sun for 4+ hours can be dangerous.
- Printing and advertising. We need to get the word out so that people continue to shop at the market. Without customers, we lose vendors; and without vendors we lose customers… you see where this is going.
- Lawn signs. People need know where we are and when to find us.
This list is not comprehensive, and it doesn’t even include things on our wish-list, like t-shirts and kids’ games for the lawn during market hours, and web hosting. And while we do charge our vendors a table fee, we do our very best to keep that fee low in order to attract as many wonderful farmers and businesses as possible. Table fees alone only cover a portion of our operating costs, so we ask (as a registered 501c(4) nonprofit) for your help.
All we need from you, our supporters, are three things:
- Come to the Market every Thursday from 2pm-6pm (starting June 1st) and do some shopping.
- Spread the word, invite your friends and family, and help the Market grow.
- Give us some love in the form of cold, hard, cash. Seriously. We need it, and it will be put to good use. Someday we hope to have a market that is self-sustaining, but in order to get to that point we need to grow, and in order to grow… you see where this is going.