Please consider this;
Volunteering is a great way to help sustain market operations.
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, but not limited to. (market operates rain or shine)
- set up of signage i.e. sandwich boards, banner
- organizers' set up 12:30pm to 2pm; tent and pylons to reserve/monitor vendor parking, signage
- help vendor load in 2pm to 3:30pm
- 3:30 to 7:45 floating time frame, length of time tbd
- help vendor load out 6:30pm to 7:45pm
You may commit to a time frame that works best for you i.e. 3 months at any point of season.
Alternatively, if you can't volunteer on the day of market, there are other ways to contribute to the market in off/prep season e.g. flyer distribution, painting things, handyperson stuff, social media, outreach. None of the above? Perhaps you have a different particular skill to offer? Let us know. We'll put you to good use if we can ;-)
Special thank you to these community volunteers, in perpetuity, for significant and continuing, contributions to the market.
Scott Cinello - for partnering with me as co-founder to get this baby off the ground. He was instrumental in desiging the market, it's mandate and curated the original vendor line up. All of which continue to guide the princples of the market to this day.
Kent Price - shelves/coat rack for the market shed..and other ongoing handy stuff.
Martha Malloy and Connor - x4 promotional sandwich boards (they are awesome).
Veronica Park - designer extrodinaire of our postcard - she was winner of the postcard design contest in 2015 - who continues to do yearly revisions.
Nadege and County General for storing our sandwich boards at their establishments between market days.
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. Water for our hand washing station and being good supportive neighbours.
Claire Midgley (lettering) & Ed DeSousa (background) - painting our 'Vendor Parking Only' sign
Bob Pritchard - painting our 'slow down' cyclist signage, that evolved to 'walk your bike' 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 sustain market operations.
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. Noteworthy: Mike Pettigrew, Sheri McGraw, Tessa Paucha, Arla Good, Jacqueline Bruner, Sara Mclean, Kirk Heron, Shawn Vanderheyden, Georgia Ydreos.
Thank you to the City of Toronto, Parks and our Councillor Mike Layton for their unwaivering support.