Manager Position Open

We are currently looking for someone to fill the position of Market Manager. Any questions regarding the position can be directed to shfarmersmarket@gmail.com or via DM on our Facebook page.

Manager Position

The Market Manager is a part time position with primary responsibility being the day-to-day operation of the farmers market. This will include an on-site presence at the market during all market hours throughout the 2018 season, Thursdays June 14th – October 11th, as well as off-site work during non-market hours.

Duties—in season

  • Must be available to set up and staff manager table during all market hours
  • Oversee and assist with setup, organization, and break down of each market
  • Vendor management, including facilitating the application/approval process, developing site layout, monitoring vendor compliance with permits and licensing, and collecting and tracking vendor fees
  • Ongoing new vendor recruitment; insuring vendor attendance of at least 10-12 vendors per market day
  • Coordinate entertainment and special events with assistance from the board
  • Assist board treasurer with accounting process
  • Act as liaison to the market’s board of directors, providing accounting and performance reports
  • Support marketing through social media posting and outreach as needed

Duties—off season

  • Vendor recruitment
  • Plan summer calendar, including music/entertainment contacts, before market begins
  • Preparations for next season

Qualifications

  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Excellent written, verbal, and basic computer skills
  • Leadership skills—ability to make quick, sound, fair decisions for the good of the market
  • Self-motivated and directed
  • Working knowledge of SNAP and other community resource programs related to food security
  • Passionate about the community and value of local, fresh food and direct marketing
  • Ability to lift 50lbs

Compensation

This position is paid $2500-$3000 per market season based on experience and market success. The Manager position is for an independent contractor and does not include benefits. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to barranne@gmail.com or mail to:

 

South Hadley Farmers’ Market, P.O. Box 887, South Hadley, MA 01075

Why You Should Give Us Money

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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.

 

Why I Shop at the Farmers’ Market (spoiler – it’s all about the strawberries)

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I try to eat with the seasons—lots of fresh salads in the summer, lots of roasted root vegetables in the winter. But almost every year, usually right around February, I break down and buy strawberries from a grocery store. Sometimes they’re OK; more often than not they’re disappointing. The fact is, they can’t possibly hold a candle to the berries grown at the farms around here during the all too short summer strawberry season.

Fresh, local, seasonal food just tastes better. There are lots of other reasons to support local farmers and products by shopping at Farmers’ Markets, but for me, fresh, local strawberries—so pretty in their little green cartons—present a pretty darn compelling reason.

I was able to skip the winter strawberries this year. Every time I passed a display, I reminded myself that our strawberry season was coming and that it would be worth the wait. And now that it’s right around the corner, I’ll soon be at the Farmers’ Market buying one of those little green cartons of berries that taste just like summer, and I’ll have the pleasure of thanking the farmer who grew them. When I eat them—probably straight out of the carton before I even get home—all will be right with the world. At least until they’re gone…

If there’s a particular fruit or vegetable that you look forward to all year, please share it in the comments!

– Mary Leal, incoming Board member

Looking Forward

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There is just something about spring! Winter is not without her blessings, but when the first delicate green plants start poking through the snow, our thoughts turn to longer, warmer, sunnier days and all the little joys of spring.

For the South Hadley Farmers’ Market Board of Directors, we’re reminded of spring-cleaning as we prepare for the upcoming Market season. With much appreciated guidance from the outgoing Board, we new members are focusing on making 2017 the best Farmers’ Market season yet! We have fresh energy, a new logo, and a new website design—we can’t wait to get going!

Over the next few weeks as we prepare for the start of Market season, we’ll be showcasing some of our incoming and outgoing board members’ favorite stories about Farmers’ Markets, including our own beloved South Hadley Market. We’d love for you to share some of your favorite stories and memories as well. Our website will be updated frequently, so don’t forget to visit once in awhile to see what’s new. And don’t forget to mark your calendars—we hope to see you on Thursday, June 1st for the first Market day of the season.

2017 Farmers’ Market

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2017 South Hadley Farmers’ Market Board of Directors

The #SouthHadley Farmers’ Market Board of Directors is delighted to announce that there *will* be a 2017 South Hadley Farmers’ Market!

The current Board welcomes the incoming Board — we are working together to make sure there is a smooth transition. We’ve already heard from many of your favorite vendors from past seasons, who will be returning again this season. Stay tuned for more details!

Also, if you are interested in participating in the 2017 market  as a vendor, musician, entertainer, etc., please email Jen. 🙂 

1st Market of the 2016 season!

It’s finally here! The South Hadley Farmers’ Market begins its 8th season on Thursday, June 2!

You’ll find many new vendors this year, along with some of your returning favorites.  We’ll have different products and vendors from week to week, so make sure to keep up with us on Facebook and email, and most importantly, come to the Market each Thursday, 2:00-6:00 pm.

Products you’ll find at this week’s market include rhubarb, asparagus, plants, Swiss chard, arugula, lettuce, spinach, turnips, radishes, green garlic, kale, mixed salad greens, bok choi, honey, maple syrup, bread, baked goods, DEET-free bug repellent, goat’s milk soap, micro-greens, sprouts, jam, sauces, and more!

For your musical entertainment, we are happy to introduce you to Kevin Jones, who is making his South Hadley Farmers’ Market debut.

We’ve been hard at work making sure there’s something for everyone, and can’t wait to see you all and have you meet our new vendors (and say hello to your returning favorites)…

What you’ll find at the June 2nd South Hadley Farmers’ Market:

FOOD:
Auntie Elsie’s Oatmeal Crisps
Hungry Ghost
Longevity Greens
Phuong’s Asian Vegetables
Round the Corner Brownie Co.
Sentinel Farm
Stony Hill Farm
Stoneybrook Cider
Wickedly Wild Sauces and Spices

ARTS AND MORE:
Juliet Rose Pottery
River’s Edge Bug Repel

MUSIC:
Kevin Jones, playing jazz guitar

Gearing up for Summer 2016

We’ve been busy behind the scenes at the South Hadley Farmers’ Market, getting ready for the 2016 season!

The time of the market has changed a little this year — we’ll be on the South Hadley Town Common every Thursday from 2-6 pm.

Our first market day will be Thursday, June 2, and we can’t wait to see you! We’ll be updating our Vendor page soon, so stay tuned — and keep an eye on our Facebook page, too!

September is Here!

Summer is starting to wind down, especially as most students are returning to school. We look forward to all of the Mount Holyoke students who’ll be visiting the Market!

Remember that some of our vendors will be joining us every week, some will join every other week, and others will be making special appearances throughout the season, so make sure you’ve liked and are following our Facebook page for updates.

Food

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  • I Can With – Salsa made with fresh produce from South Hadley Farmers’ Market vendors; fruit-jalepeño lemonade.

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  • Of the Earth Farm – Squash, zucchini, corn, potatoes, peppers, cabbage, tomatoes, melons, and peaches.

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  • People’s Bakery – Homemade breads, baked each morning: French, jalepeño-cheddar, four seed, honey oat, Kalamata olive and rosemary, and spinach and garlic crusty sourdough.

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  • Sentinel Farm – Peaches, nectarines, honey, and several varieties of apples.

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  • Stoneybrook Cider – Sparkling apple cider infused with Frontenac red wine grapes! Also, all-natural sparkling and still pure apple hard ciders crafted with heirloom apples hand-picked from orchards in the Pioneer Valley.

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  • Sun Kim Bop (3-6 pm) – Korean BBQ and more. Look for the truck in the traffic circle right in front of the Market!

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  • Wickedly Wild Gourmet Spices – Cucumber dip (fresh dried herb spices – just add fresh cucumber and sour cream); sun-dried tomato and garlic dipping oil (made with fresh lemon juice and olive oil); BBQ Sauce (made with top shelf Wild Turkey bourbon). Also, specialty cooking spices, rubs and dips made with no additives, preservatives, coloring, MSG, or gluten.

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Arts

  • Bling It On – Crystal jewelry, sun catchers, bookmarks, hair pins, key chains, sculptures, glass prisms and more.

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  • CottageWicks – Natural, organic soaps, lotions, and salves made with essential oils; 100% natural, non-toxic soy candles. This week’s featured soap: Enchanted Rosewood, made with rose clay, organic rose petals, and pure essential oils of rosewood, tea tree, and sandalwood. Rose clay has mild exfoliating powers and helps to detoxify the skin by drawing impurities from the pores. Tea tree and sandalwood have antiseptic, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties.

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  • White Buffalo Herbs – All things herbal: organic teas, extracts, cooking herbs, body care, aromatherapy, even bug repellent! This week’s featured product: herbal germ relief through aromatherapy, perfect for back-to-school!

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Music

See you tomorrow!

Last August Market of the Year!

Where has this summer gone!? It’s hard to believe that there are only two months left of the Market season!

We’ll have a special performance from a Market favorite, Lexi Weege, from 2-5PM. Before she performs, come by to check out all of the treats at this week’s Market: baked goods, burritos, eggs, flowers, fruits, pickles, and much more! Sun Kim Bop will also be at the Market from 3-6PM.

Food

  • Auntie Elsie’s – Original, ginger, and cranberry oatmeal crisp cookies handcrafted with love from local ingredients.

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  • Blake Orchard Juicery – Organic juices and nut mylks: Skin Cleanser (cucumber, pineapple, celery, spinach, lemon), Glow (carrot, orange), Clean Buzz (beet, pineapple, celery, ginger), Vanilla Almond Mylk, and Chocolate Almond Mylk.

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  • I Can With – Fruit and veggie salsa made fresh each morning, basil paste, burritos, pickles, and fruit-jalapeño lemonade. Stop by for a sample!

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  • Just Jane’s Jams – Artisinal jams hand-crafted from local fruit, including original recipe strawberry/raspberry, blueberry/raspberry, tropical mango, milk chocolate strawberry, strawberry vanilla cream, PLUS low sugar varieties

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  • Mt. Warner Vineyard – Award-winning wines from grapes harvested from Mt. Warner’s own vineyard in Hadley, MA, including Cayuga White, Sunset Red, and Secret.

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  • Of the Earth Farm – Cherry tomatoes (4 different kinds), Big Boy tomatoes, ground cherries, peaches, potatoes, corn, cucumbers, squash, and herbs.

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  • People’s Bakery – Crusty sourdough breads, Kalamata olive rosemary, spinach and roasted garlic, peasant French, cranberry pecan; plus spelt sandwich breads, and sweet bread of the week.

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  • Stoneybrook Cider – All-natural sparkling and still hard cider, crafted in the New England tradition with apples hand-picked from orchards in the Pioneer Valley.

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  • Sun Kim Bop (3-6 pm) – Korean BBQ and more. Look for the truck in the traffic circle right in front of the Market!

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  • Wickedly Wild Gourmet Spices – Peach butter from local peaches (try a sample!), pumpkin butter sweetened with local maple syrup, apple butter from a mix of early local and crisp apples, and gourmet BBQ sauces, rubs, and spice mixes.

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Artisans

  • CottageWicks – Natural, organic soaps, lotions, and salves made with essential oils; 100% natural, non-toxic soy candles.

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  • White Buffalo Herbs – All things herbal: organic teas, extracts, cooking herbs, body care, aromatherapy, even bug repellent!

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Music

  • Market favorite, Lexi Weege, singer/songwriter, performing from 2:00 to 5:00 pm.

See you tomorrow!

August 20th Market

Though it’s been quite hot this week, tomorrow seems like it’ll be the perfect weather to come by the market: sun without the scorch.

We’ll be welcoming our new produce vendor tomorrow, Birdhaven Blueberry Farm! They’ll be bringing flowers, herbs, and other goods we’ve had requests for.

Food

  • Birdhaven Blueberry Farm – Eggs, blueberries, veggies (including sungold tomatoes), flowers, and herbs.
  • I Can With – Specialty salsas and lemonade. Make sure to stop by for a sample!

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  • Mt. Warner Vineyard – 3 white wines: Cayuga, Chardonel, and Hampshire White; 2 red wines: Sunset Red and Secret.

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  • Of the Earth Farm – Cherry tomatoes (4 different kinds), Big Boy tomatoes, ground cherries, peaches, potatoes, corn, cucumbers, squash, and herbs.

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  • People’s Bakery – Crusty sourdough breads, Kalamata olive rosemary, spinach and roasted garlic, peasant French, cranberry pecan; plus spelt sandwich breads, and sweet bread of the week.

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  • Sentinel Farm – Plums, peaches, apples (Zestar, Gingergold, and Gravenstein), and honey.

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  • Stoneybrook Cider – New: sparkling apple cider infused with Frontenac red wine grapes! Also, all-natural sparkling and still pure apple hard ciders crafted with heirloom apples hand-picked from orchards in the Pioneer Valley.

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  • Wickedly Wild Gourmet Spices – This week: pumpkin butter! Also, spicy ranch dressing mix, gourmet barbeque sauces and specialty cooking spices, rubs and dips made with no additives, preservatives, coloring, MSG, or gluten.

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Artisans

  • CottageWicks – This week: featuring Goddess Herbal Steam. This delicious herbal skin steam is designed to hydrate, open pores and nourish. Simply add a handful of herbs in a bowl of boiled water, allow to cool slightly and place a towel over your head to create a steam tent. Relax, clear your mind and breathe deeply for 5-15 min. When finished, strain herbs and set aside for your next bath.

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  • White Buffalo Herbs – Community Herbalist Carol Joyce will be bringing over 100+ hand made organic herbals and aromatherapy products, highlighting her St. John’s wort oil. Stop by and she’ll show you how she makes it!

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We can’t wait to see you tomorrow!