Marketers & Valued Customers,
The Springfield Farmers’ Market recently formed a governing board to address changes to our market.
Forming the Springfield Farmers’ Market Board are Rick Dunaven, Chair, Lynn Schutte, Vice Chair, Julie Roach, Treasurer, and Board members Abbie Shadrick, Sheila Barry. The NEDCO liaisons are Lisa Hartwick and Russ Nute. Some of the changes include returning the market to the original location at the City Hall Fountain Plaza, rewriting the Vendor Guidelines and, due to low attendance, closing the market for the winter season – last SFM for the 2016 season will be Friday, October 28th.
SFM will be having a Harvest Fest market in the Sprout! Market Hall on Friday, November 18th, and a Holiday market on Friday, December 2nd, 2016.
The SFM Board will be working through the winter to prepare for an exciting opening the first week of May, 2017. We’re proud of what the Springfield Farmers’ Market has accomplished through the years, inviting small farms to participate, some for the first time, in a public market. We want to thank our long time market vendors, Brandywine Fisheries, Transition Garden, Northern Lights as well as some who have moved to bigger venues, Red Wagon Creamery, Camas Country Mill, Eagle Tree and many others.
In the past the market has been a weekly sign-up for the vendors. So sometimes there would be eight or ten vendors selling produce or crafts and sometimes there would be fewer. One of the issues the Board wants to improve is the long term commitment from our vendors. We will be offering a seasonal contract to our vendors that we hope will better serve our customers and vendors, thereby providing a steady variety of goods and produce throughout the season. The mission of the Springfield Farmers’ Market has not, and will not change. We are dedicated to bring our customers the best locally grown produce and a family friendly “fresh and lively” market for Springfield.
Thanks for your patronage and we look forward to seeing you next year.
Chair, Springfield Farmers’ Market Board
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