The fine folk of Seacoast Eat Local sent this request for helping hands:
The first Holiday Farmers’ Market is only a week away!
We’re looking for volunteers to help make this first time event as smooth as possible. We want to be able to help our growers and food producers, collect statistics, and be a general good presence! Sign up for an hour or two, or more!
volunteers to help direct vendors to their spots (7:30am – 8:30am)
volunteers to help carry potentially heavy stuff (7:30am – 8:30am)
volunteers to count people as they walk in the door (1 hour shifts from 9am – 2pm)
volunteers to help at the Seacoast Eat Local table (1 hour shifts from 9am – 2pm)
volunteers to help clean up and pack up (2 – 3pm)
We’ve heard wonderful stories of folks planning to caravan over and do their shopping with their neighbors; stories of people bringing coolers to stock up on local meat they can feel good feeding their families, stories of people not planning their holiday meals until they see what is available and creating their meal from there – we hope to see you all there, either as volunteers, shoppers, or both!
Set your table with local food! Over 20 vendors with be at the Holiday Farmers’ Markets, at the McIntosh Atlantic Culinary Academy at 181 Silver Street in Dover NH (exit 8e off the Spaulding Turnpike) from 9am – 2pm on Saturday November 17th and Saturday December 22nd. Sponsored by McIntosh Atlantic Culinary Academy and Seacoast Eat Local. For more information, visit www.seacoasteatlocal.org/holidaymarkets
This note comes from Slow Food Portland, who will be having their annual meeting on Nov. 12. This may be a good chance to gather ideas as Slow Food Seacoast gradually develops its structure as well!
Hi everyone, last year at an open group meeting we established a committee
structure and elected officers to govern Slow Food Portland. Since then
we’ve managed operations through these groups, which has worked out well. I
can hardly keep up on all the activity! But it’s important that we continue
to host public meetings periodically to bring in fresh ideas and ensure
broad participation. It’s time now to reflect on the past year, ask for
feedback and new volunteers, and develop ideas for the year ahead.
We are of course an all volunteer local chapter of Slow Food USA, dependent
on the efforts and goodwill of the community. Although Slow Food has a
membership structure at the national level, here in Portland we’re open to
involvement by anyone interested. So please feel free to come to this
meeting to make your voice heard regardless of your membership status–if
you care about the principles of Slow Food, this is your organization too.
If you’ve got a pulse and an opinion we want your participation.
One of our core beliefs and guiding principles is that meetings go down
better accompanied by good food and wine. Please bring something to share if
you can, but also know it’s fine to show up empty handed, we’ve always got
plenty of food.
Date: Monday, November 12
Place: Portland Public Market House kitchen, Monument Square (in the
basement below K. Horton Specialty Foods–stairs are across the aisle from
her shop, on the left) http://publicmarkethouse.com/
Time: 6-8 pm