[Market-farming] Winter Markets

Sheila Payne srp75 at msn.com
Mon Oct 11 18:44:10 EDT 2010

The Boulder County Farmer's markets have two such markets.  I have not personally participated, other than as a shopper, as I just don't have enough stuff left by that time to do so.  But they have been successful enough that it is being repeated for the  4th year for the Christmas market which is inside and also in a covered outside area at our county's fairgrounds.  The Thanksgiving market will be offered for the 2nd time this year and is at our normal outdoor location...but our customers are used to early and late season bad weather (5500 feet above sea level, we see it all).   http://www.boulderfarmers.org/marketnews.html

The T-day market is producers and prepared food vendors only.  The Christmas market includes the carefully screened craft vendors that are allowed at the market once per month (or so) during the season.  Their presence at the Christmas market in my opinion is a must to fill the space -- to make it look bountiful and to bring in the shoppers that want gifts in addition to food.

The market has been promoting these events for a few weeks now in newsletters, facebook, and on the website.  I think getting the awareness out there to the shoppers is a critical success factor.   In addition, the farmers, food vendors and craft folks have been prepped for this from the beginning of the season so that they can be planning appropriately.  You could call the BCFM office number on the website and get a more detailed  perspective from the market manager.

Far Out Gardens
Boulder County, Colorado

Date: Mon, 11 Oct 2010 11:13:25 -0700
From: jaysleichter at yahoo.com
To: market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org
Subject: [Market-farming] Winter Markets

Last week several vendors were kicking around the idea of having a "Winter" market the weekend before Thanksgiving and then again maybe before Christmas.  Does anyone have a market at these times.  Our market season ends on October 30th,  the November one would be 3 weeks later.  We would have produce out of high tunnels, jams and jellies, baked goods, cheeses, pork, eggs, Buffalo, hand made rugs and much more.  I know we could open it up to local craft people and get more vendors, but would that be a good idea?

If we do it, we are wanting to promote it for the next 5 weeks with hopes that it will be successful. Does anyone have any tips about a winter market. We will have it inside as the weather is too crazy in Kansas.



Jay's Jellies, Produce and More

Clay Center, Kansas



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