Contributed photo / Jamie Everson
Laura Embry won a prize at the “Meet and Greet.”
As of Tuesday, May 16, 2017
GRANGEVILLE The Grangeville Farmers’ Market held their third annual Meet, Greet and Eat event, Sunday, April 30, at the Soltman Center. Nearly 40 people attended the informational meeting. Those interested in selling and others offering volunteer support stepped forward with questions and comments.
“The Market doesn’t just happen. It takes vendors, customers and volunteers,” said market treasurer Michelle Perdue.
The 2016 market had more steering committee members than previous years, more volunteers and vendors and 50 percent more market days. The 10th season was celebrated with a float in the Border Days parade where more than 300 hand-held fans, advertising the market and the Grub Club, were distributed to people watching the parade. Free coffee was offered at each market because customers had requested it on the 2015 survey.
Customers surveyed in 2016 want to see more produce, sandwiches, ethnic food and baked goods, including bread. Several people at the gathering said they were interested in selling baked goods and two high school students want to do a bake sale to benefit the Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF), in Grangeville, as their senior project.
The market offers a free-of-charge table, awning and chairs to non-profits that prearrange a date to be at the market. A successful bake sale was held last season by the Martial Arts Kids with proceeds benefitting the Grangeville Food Bank. The GFM has also partnered with other non-profits including Healthy Communities, Grangeville Arts, NICI and People First.
Tickets for door prizes were drawn and Rob Strong was the first to choose. He picked the large watering can filled with gardening supplies as his prize. Other prizes included handcrafted jewelry, canned goods provided by Tonya Kaschmitter of Camas Farms, market gift certificates and plants donated by NICI. Gail Gates brought the plants which included petunias, coleus, tomato and forget-me-nots.
This year, the market will begin Saturday, July 1, and will again be held at Pioneer Park on East Main Street in Grangeville from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market will also be held during the Grangeville Arts Thursday evening music in the park with hours from 5 to 8 p.m.
For information or to download a 2017 vendor application and manual, visit the Grangeville Idaho Farmers Market Facebook page or call 983-3763. Applications can also be mailed or e-mailed by request.