[Market-farming] Friends of the Market Programs

Owsley lucy boulderbelt at voyager.net
Fri Oct 17 20:18:54 EDT 2008

> Take a look at the Oxford farmers Market Uptown's website. We have  
> had  a friend of the market program since the inception of the  
> market 5 years ago. This raises money for market activities and  
> also gets the community more closely involved in the market. Many  
> who become a friend of the market also volunteer as well. People  
> can join on different levels and get various member gifts, the OFMU  
> tote bag being by far the most popular. I believe the program has  
> at least 200 members, probably more.
http://www.oxfordfarmersmarket.com/  for more info.

Findlay market in Cincinnati has a very successful friends of the  
market program as well
>> How many of your markets have such a program for generating operating
>> expenses? What do "Friends" get besides warm fuzzies? We are in an
>> economically depressed area and recently had what little funding  
>> we were
>> receiving funneled elsewhere. So we are racking our brains trying  
>> to come
>> up with something...at the same time we are researching changing our
>> market to have more of a regional footprint to drive tourism into our
>> area, as most of the surrounding counties have better demographics.
>> Any input or direction for more resources appreciated.
>> Debbie
>> west central Ohio
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Lucy Goodman
Boulder Belt Eco-Farm
Eaton, OH

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