GRANGEVILLE “We’re celebrating our 10th market season!” Michelle Perdue told attendees of the Grangeville Farmers’ Market Meet, Greet and Eat meeting held Saturday, Feb. 27.
Farmers’ Market enthusiasts – 18 in all – gathered at the Soltman Center to hear about plans for the 2016 season.
Perdue, treasurer, along with the steering committee headed the meeting. That consists of president Ellissa Crowl, secretary Jamie Everson and member Jennifer Artley.
Crowl is currently working on a USDA application for the market to be able to accept food stamps.
“This would be a great boon to the people who are clients as well as to the market itself,” she explained. The application includes obtaining a machine to read the food cards, which would be provided at no cost.
Crowl also reported the kids’ program, “Grub Club,” was successful with more participants each week. These kids were given two $1 wooden tokens to spend on produce at the market and they also participated in an educational craft project.
“The Elks reimbursed us for the tokens so that was very helpful,” Crowl said.
The market partnered with the North Idaho Correctional Institution (NICI) horticulture program and used the plants provided for not only the Grub Club, but also to sell.
“They went very quickly,” Crowl said.
On March 7 the steering committee plans to go before Grangeville City Council and ask to start the market earlier – possibly July 2 – and run through September. In addition, the market plans to partner with Grangeville Arts, Inc., and be in the park Thursday nights during the Summer Concert Series.
“I really think there are people who would like the market to take place on a weeknight,” said Tonya Kaschmitter-Ormsby of Camas Gardens. “That way it doesn’t always cut into family time and activities on the weekend.”
The committee will discuss this further and see if they might want to add more Thursday evenings to the calendar.
As far as some major changes for the season, this year the market will not take any yard sale item vendors and the fee will change slightly: Vendors will pay 10 percent of their sales to the market. Prior to this, it had been 10 percent with a $100 ceiling.
New vendors are able to use market awnings and tables for two weeks at no cost; these items are also available for rent for the season.
Survey results from last year’s market were shared, including what people would like to see more of. This included fruit, pet supplies, crafts, plants, hot coffee, eggs, food, gluten free items and basil.
To learn more, “like” the Facebook page Grangeville Idaho Farmers Market, call Perdue at 983-3763, Crowl at 451-4217, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Vendor applications can be downloaded from Facebook.