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Farmers Market's fruitful fundraising effort this spring posted on 03/31/2023

Kate Brauner, manager of the Hoodland Farmers Market, noted that fundraising accounts for approximately 90 percent of what the market needs to function throughout the summer months.


“Community support is critical in making the market move and function,” she said, adding that grants make up the next largest portion of operating funds.

The market is currently raising funds through https://www.gofundme.com, search for “Hoodland Farmers Market.”

Brauner said there will be some new additions to the market, which will start on Saturday, May 27 this year, including a toilet that is ADA accessible and participation in the “Double Up Food Bucks Oregon” program (matching money spent at farmers markets through the Farmers Market Fund).

She also hopes to have a fund to help pay for the musicians who will play at the market and to use money for better signage to draw more from the seasonal traffic.

The market is also looking to add volunteers, including looking for someone with accounting experience to be the treasurer on the market’s board of directors, another opening for a volunteer to run the kids booth and anyone who has experience with fundraising and marketing.

Brauner noted that this year, the market has opened up the opportunity for business sponsorships, with three different tiers of involvement.

“If local businesses want to support the market and local farmers, becoming a sponsor would be extremely helpful,” she said, noting that more information is available on the market’s website, https://www.hoodlandfarmersmarket.org/, under “Get Involved.”

The market will be back on the same day of the week (Saturday) and in the same location (at the Church on the Mountain) as last year. Brauner noted that the market will run two weeks longer into October this year, as the weather proved hospitable to an extended season.

Interested vendors and musicians can also find more information on participating this year, and Brauner added that she is particularly interested adding hot food vendors.

“It’s a delicate balance (to) keep the right blend of food and other items,” she said.

Brauner also noted two other additions to the market, as two different regular farmers had children recently.

“When you support the market, you support small family farmers,” she said.

For more information, find the market on Facebook and Instagram, and anyone interested in volunteering can email hoodlandfarmersmarket@gmail.com.

By Garth Guibord/MT





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