Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Don't forget the meeting on Friday at 10 AM is at the Shaffer meeting room. See agenda below for your review. Additions are welcome: we'll add them wherever they fit.
I developed two forms also for your review. In addition to the Vendor Agreement and Market Rules, there is also a checklist of things to do for the Manager of the Day. Add anything here as well. The other is a Daily Report form for the Manager of the Day to fill out at the end of the market day. New Mexico Farmers Marketing Association requires an end of the year report which will be easy to do if we complete this form after each market. It's really just number of vendors, customers and estimated sales.
We could use a 3-ring binder if anyone has a spare to add to the computer carrying case for binder, forms and cash. The binder will be for vendor applications and licenses etc.
Bring agenda and the forms for us to discuss. If you want to join us for breakfast at 9 AM, please come to the restaurant.
MOUNTAINAIR FARM AND GARDEN MARKET
Shaffer Meeting Room, April 1, 2011, 10 AM
1. Home-Processed Food Training Follow Up – Decision on Need for Further Training
2. Getting the Word Out for Produce Vendors
3. Advertising Budget
4. Market Manager Duties
-Schedule for Manager Volunteer and Responsibilities
· Calendar with Sign Up Dates
· Responsibility to find replacement
-Binder for Manager to include:
· List of Duties
· Manager's Form for each Date of Farm and Garden Market for NMFMA Reporting
· Rules and Regulations
· Forms for Vendors and for Storage w/License
· Cash Bag
5. Bank Account
6. Market Day Set-Up
· Table/Chair for Manager
· Transfer of Binder
7. Other News, Ideas or Concerns
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
The third workshop in the Santa Fe Farmers' Market Institute's late winter/early spring professional development series to help Market vendors build their businesses is one that we thought would be of interest to more than just vendors, so we are opening it up to friends and customers of the Market and their own friends.
The workshop "Making Your Soil Do What You Want It To Do" will be presented by an expert considered by many to be the "Guru of Soil," Dr. Ron Godin, from the Colorado State University Extension. This workshop is designed to help you better understand what your soil is telling you by observing yields, understanding the messages communicated by weeds and disease problems, how to act on this information, and what makes good soil.
The two hour workshop will take place at the Santa Fe Farmers' Market Pavilion on Tuesday, April 5, with a free light dinner starting at 5:30 followed by the main program at 6:00. As we expect this to be a popular workshop, we ask that you RSVP if you wish to attend by calling the Institute at 505 983-7726 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we know how much food we need for dinner and how many chairs to set up.
We hope that you will join us for what should be an informative evening!
For other Institute news and events, visit the Institute website's event and news page. Facebook members, become a fan of the Institute's Facebook page at . And don't forget to check the weather at the Farmers' Market Building.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
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Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Saturday, March 5, 2011
It would be the same in Christchurch, said Farmers Markets New Zealand chairman Chris Fortune. Christchurch's markets at Dean's Bush will open as usual this weekend, and while Lyttelton's Farmers Market are closed until further notice, a "pop up" market has been organised at the Mt Pleasant community centre for the Sumner, Redcliffs, Mt Pleasant, Woolston, Linwood and South Shore communities, he said.
Farmers' markets New Zealand would donate the costs of coffee and milk for this market, so local residents could get a free cup of coffee, Mr Fortune said.
Pop up market co-organiser Angela Clifford said the event would give access to fresh food for people who had no local food outlets, and offer a safe community space to meet.
Farmers' markets would also be a lifeline to fresh food producers in Canterbury who had lost much of their market, particularly those supplying restaurants and other businesses in the Christchurch CBD, Mr Fortune said.
Farmers' markets were "great invigorators" of community life, he said.
The pop up market will operate from 10am to 1pm.
Mr Fortune, a restaurateur in Blenheim, said the Christchurch earthquake had even restricted food supplies to Marlborough. Much of the region's staple food supplies such as milk, flour and bread come from Christchurch processors whose production has been affected by the quake, or which were holding back supplies for city residents.
Ironically Blenheim had a dairy processing factory of its own until Goodman Fielder shut it down and moved processing to Christchurch around three years ago, Mr Fortune said.
Sounds like a series, eh? An outlet to recycle at least some of the farmers market stories showing up in my feed reader, plus a window on the world.
Friday, March 4, 2011
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Distinguished Faculty Fellow, Department of Horticulture, Cornell University
Hopefully you have your seed packets in hand, or will shortly. I’m sure you’re itching to get starting with our community container garden project. I know I am! The first thing to do–obviously–is to get those seeds in some seed starting potting mix and get started! It’s important to start your seeds indoors at the right time, so that they’ll have their best shot when they move outside. To calculate when it is time to sow them, you need to know when you can last expect frost. If you don’t already know, this is a handy list of last frost dates. Once you have that date, look on the seed packet to find out how many weeks before your last frost date you should begin. Simply count backwards from your last frost date that amount, and sow your seeds roughly around that time.
Hopefully you have your seed packets in hand, or will shortly. I’m sure you’re itching to get starting with our community container garden project. I know I am! The first thing to do–obviously–is to get those seeds in some seed starting potting mix and get started!
It’s important to start your seeds indoors at the right time, so that they’ll have their best shot when they move outside. To calculate when it is time to sow them, you need to know when you can last expect frost. If you don’t already know, this is a handy list of last frost dates. Once you have that date, look on the seed packet to find out how many weeks before your last frost date you should begin. Simply count backwards from your last frost date that amount, and sow your seeds roughly around that time.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
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