Get Clucky at Kamm's Corners Farmers Market's Opening Day Festivities and meet White Family Farm'sbackyard chickens! Shop from over 30 local food vendors (roster below). Dig up, divide and bring your extra plants to the free Perennial Exchange from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Starting at 11 a.m. take a Horse Drawn Wagon Ride and listen to music from Brand New Hat. Witness Walt from Jorgensen's Apiary put on a live bee beard at 11:30 a.m. Don't miss the chef demo with AMP150 at 12:30 p.m. Plus get a free blood pressure screening from Priority Home Health Care and see what our guest artist, Dawn Gilchrist, has to offer. See you there!
Market Fundraiser at P.J. McIntyre's
Tuesday, June 12th all day
Neighborhood Irish Pub, P.J. McIntyre's, will donate 20% of their sales on June 12th to the Kamm’s Corners Farmers Market. That includes dining in or out any time between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. So why not plan a meal on Tuesday, June 12th at P.J. McIntyre's? Just mention the market! Your business will be very much appreciated.
Guest Artist: Dawn Gilchrist - Hair Accessories and Gifts
Guest Wellness: Priority Home Health Care -
FREE Blood Pressure Screenings
Guest Chef: Jeff Jarrett of AMP150
NEW... Double Value Produce Perks!
Kamm's Corners Farmers Market accepts EBT and will provide a dollar-for-dollar match (up to $10) in “Produce Perks” tokens that can be used to purchase fresh produce from local farmers. The program is a partnership with Wholesome Waveand Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition.
Operating a farm or local food business requires entrepreneurs to possess a dauntingly diverse set of skills. Successful growing or production, accounting, sales, and marketing - including direct sales at farmers markets - are all integral. Many businesses are interested in having their product at farmers markets, but have trouble staffing a booth. Starting in June, a new service will connect value-added vendor products with farmers markets. Market Connect, which will pilot at theBroadway (Slavic Village), Kamm's Corners, andLakewood Farmers Markets during the 2012 outdoor season, seeks to address obstacles faced by vendors and markets alike.
The service will act as a stepping-stone to creating a self-sustaining market in Slavic Village. The Kamm’s Corners and Lakewood Farmers Markets, which have focused on growing new vendors from their own communities, have demonstrated that when a customer base is established, neighborhood residents see opportunity to turn their talents into a business. Collaboration between the Broadway, Kamm’s Corners, and Lakewood Farmers Markets led to the natural expansion of the Market Connect pilot beyond Broadway. The market managers each saw reasons why the service would help the other markets they operate. Vendors often work seven days a week during market season. Saturday and Sunday are especially difficult in terms of vendor/staff availability, not to mention the wages to compensate them. With many markets, including Lakewood, which begins June 30th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., taking place on Saturday, vendors choose the ones that make the most logistical and financial sense for them to attend and are sometimes already covering multiple markets.
In the case of the well-established Kamm’s Corners Farmers Market, which takes places every Sunday June 10th to October 14th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and is going into its sixth season with 35 vendors, a breadth of offerings exists. However, Market Connect, which will add a few highly sought after products, in conjunction with a new fee structure that incentivizes vendor attendance and enables booth subletting, will ensure that customers will have a better and more regular product selection. Further solidifying customer bases by diversifying the offerings will continue to attract neighborhood local food start-ups in both Kamm’s Corners and Lakewood.