Diane, who was one of our founding board members, likes to think of the market as an “Agora”. The agora, in earlier times, was a central spot in ancient Greek city-states. The literal meaning of the word is “gathering place” or “assembly”.
The agora was the center of athletic, artistic, spiritual and political life of the city. Our gathering place on the front lawn of the county museum seems as fitting as any for the community to assemble.
Over the years, our market has increasingly promoted itself as a community gathering place and we hope to continue to grow this aspect of the market, along with the vendor offerings. It is a beautiful thing to see the market come alive as the vendors are setting up, as the “opening bell” is rung, and as the community together to shop and participate. Plan to spend a bit of time with us this season.
How the Community Booth works
- Contact us by clicking on our contact form and let use know that you are interesting in the Community Booth.
- One of our volunteer board members will contact you to discuss your booth idea and available dates.
- Schedule a day for your event, group or business to be represented.
- We’ll put up the canopy. You bring the table, chairs, information, etc
- Enjoy your day experiencing the power of community at our market. It’s fresh, lively and local!
POP – The Power of Produce
Our first Kids Day, which was modeled after the POP (Power of Produce) Club started by the Oregon City Farmers Market in 2011. The program empowers kids to make healthy food choices, introducing them to where their food comes from. The program has since gone national in the US and Canada. Click here to see a video from the OCFM about their program.
We are pleased to have done our first POP Kids Day at the Fergus Falls Farmers Market in 2015. Over 100 kids participated that first day.
During the 2016 season, we hosted three POP Kid’s Days and hope to match that number in 2017.
Become a Friend of the Market
These types of programs require time and money. Our volunteer board works tirelessly to bring these programs to the community. While we have received some grants to put on some of the programs, we always feel that we can do more. There are three ways that the community can help see that these types of programs (and more to come) can continue.
Perhaps you might be interested in helping us “put on” the market. Even if you’re not a market vendor or board member, there are ways to contribute your time to the running of the market.
- Although we are non-profit, the market does require some level of funding to run. We rely on in-kind and monetary donations from local businesses and individuals, as well as grants to keep the market running.
- Printing, signage, websites, bags, and other items have been generously donated by local businesses.
- We’ve also received grants through various entities to run some of the community programs described here.
- Our Friends of the Market program is set up to accept donations from individuals and businesses to fund non-specific market expenses.
- Where would the market be without the community coming together and participating?
- Make sure that a stop at the market is on your “To Do” list each Wednesday afternoon and Saturday morning.
- To keep informed about upcoming market activities, please subscribe to our newsletter.
Use our contact form to inquire.