Interested in volunteering for the upcoming 2016 season? It's a great way to help sustain market operations.
Please consider this;
Volunteering for the Farmers Market gives you the opportunity..
• To learn where your food comes from
• Get to know some of the producers
• Discover local food and how to eat seasonally
• Join a dedicated group of volunteers who care about what they eat & enjoy some outdoor park time.
SHIFTS: market operates rain or shine
- morning set up of signage i.e. sandwich boards, banner
- organizers' set up 12:30pm to 2pm; tent and pylons to reserve vendor parking
- help vendor load in 2pm to 3:30pm
- help vendor load out 6:30pm to 7:45pm
You may commit to any time frame that works best for you i.e. 1, 2 or 3 months at any point of season or the entire season. Anything is possible, we honestly appreciate the hand.
Alternatively, if you can't volunteer on the day of market, there are other ways to contribute to the market e.g. flyer distribution, painting things, handyperson stuff, social media, outreach. None of those? Perhaps you have a particular skill? Let us know. We'll put you to good use if we can ;-)
Special thank you to these community volunteers, in perpetuity, for significant contributions to the market.
Scott Cinello - for partnering with me to get this whole ball rolling into what the market is now.
Kent Price - shelves/coat rack for the market shed..and other ongoing maintenance stuff.
Martha Malloy and Connor - x4 promotional sandwich boards (they are awesome)
Veronica Park - design of our new promo postcard for 2016, and winner of the design contest 2015.
David Ginsberg of the White Squirrel cafe - rallied a handful of businesses to donate funds towards replacement our wagons/dolly that had gotten stolen from the old shed. (unsolicited and very thoughtful)
David Johnston - tbfm.ca website master (who responds to my every self-induced admin panic)
Nativity of the Mother of God - letting us store our equipment in their garage while we waited for our new shed. And generally being wonderful neighbours.
Claire Midgley (lettering) & Ed DeSousa (background) - painting our 'Vendor Parking Only' sign
Bob Pritchard - painting our 'slow down' cyclist signage, soon to be 'dismount cyclist' sign in 2016.
Also to every volunteer that has made and makes the committment to come out on a regular basis to help set up/wrap during the season! You people are awesome and continue to make running the market sustainable.
Notably from the above group is Gay Couillard, who has been volunteering since our inaugural year, 2007! An amazing source of consultation and great conversation.
Thank you to the City of Toronto, Parks and our Councillor Mike Layton for their continued support of our volunteer community run farmers' market.
FARMERS' MARKET THIEF ALERT This guy tried to steal one of our vendors money on June 23rd, 2015. Fortunately our vendor was quick and caught him red-handed. Unfortunately he was gone by the time police arrived. Please, keep your eye out for this person next season. Go to our facebook page and share it and/or retweet. He's about 5ft 8in, maybe 150lbs. He's hit Wychwood Barns a few times. Police have this image.