It’s not elegant, but we are going to start with the ask: in order for the Market to continue in 2019 and beyond, the Maynard Farmers’ Market board members will need significant involvement from more people (and some cash contributions will help too). Information about how you can help is at the end of this post.
Since we’re more than 3/4 thru the Market season, I think it’s a good time to ask you, our visitors and shoppers, to pause and reflect on what the Market means to you. Is it the ability to buy fresh produce and meats from farms that are right down the road, bakers that are your neighbors and other specialty vendors with unique local products.
Perhaps it’s the useful, beautiful handmade products from the local artisans that attend each week or the information you can get from local community groups and wellness practitioners.
Maybe it’s a place chat with friends, the kids to play, ride their bikes and learn about non-processed foods, or a destination the dog looks forward to each week. Or you come to enjoy the talents of the musicians that play in the Serendipity Music Series.
Maybe you just love the idea that we have a community gathering place that draws people out of their homes and into town. Whatever it is that brings each of you 400+ visitors to the Market each week (along with your 90+ kids), would matter if it wasn’t available to you as part of your Saturday morning summer routine?
As with many things in Maynard, the Market is a labor of love and the work of dedicated volunteers. Linda, in addition to being treasurer, has been at nearly every Market for each of its twenty-three seasons, I have been coordinating the Market for more than fifteen years, Laura & Johnny Hobson schedule and set up the Music Series and the list goes on. We need new people and energy to continue it into the future.
How you can help: 1) Come to a stakeholders meeting at any of the final three Markets – 10:30 am at the Community Information table. Coming isn’t a commitment; it is just a demonstration that you are interested in what happens in the future. and/or 2) On your next visit, put a few dollars in the collection basket. (The Vendor fees pay yearly expenses such as insurance and day-of Market Manager pay, but we could use a cushion to cover things like updated lawn signs, banners, and other supplies.) Thank you and hope to see you at the Market. Carol