As we have seen pandemic-induced supply chain failures, as well as neighbors responding to job reduction and layoffs by becoming entrepreneurs in record numbers, supporting our local economy is more important than ever. Robust, successful farmers' markets that support human health, community connections, and agricultural resilience make a tremendous difference to people, farmers, food makers, and artisans.
- vendors to plan for regular staffing and sales. Farmers will have certainty in a consistent outlet for produce, which is harvested continuously throughout the growing season.
- community members to shop weekly, providing steady access to fresh, affordable food filling a need in this part of our city.
- opportunities for businesses to thrive, neighbors to connect, and all to experience the joyful activity that the market brings each event.
- Reducing Barriers to Entry for Beginning and Under-represented Vendors: this is a core goal of RBFM. In addition to personalized application assistance, we are putting a percentage of 2022 vendor fees into supporting programs that train beginning and BIPOC farmers and food producers. Have any other ideas? Let us know.
- Hiring a Part-Time Market Manager: as volunteers, we cannot manage a weekly market on our own. A market manager takes on the day-to-day operations of the market, from attending to vendors, volunteers, and public relations, to collecting fees and assigning booths, to planning and implementing practices to help us reach our goals for the future. This person will come with enthusiasm and experience, and we get to pay them a fair wage to work for a supportive, committed organization. How cool is that?
- Purchasing Equipment and Managing Operations: there are lots of big and small costs associated with market preparation and setup, for example, signage, software/ subscriptions (Quickbooks, Marketspread vendor management software), and advertising (social media campaigns, printing). This year we want to expand on the market experience by providing a comfortable seating area, protected from the elements, where everyone can enjoy music, food, and good company (meaning, we need to purchase more tables, chairs, and pop-up tents.) Today all market equipment is currently stored in volunteer homes, so we are looking into an onsite storage solution.
Thank you for listening to our market story and contributing to our success!
ROCKY BUTTE FARMERS MARKET
- Where: Mannahouse Church parking lot - 9200 NE 92nd Ave. Portland, Oregon 97220
- When: Saturdays from 9am-1pm, running June 4th - Sept 24th 2022
- Who: 35+ farmers and vendors planned + Weekly musicians
- Now accepting new volunteers !
- Interested in becoming a vendor? Vendor application and info
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