Volunteers Wanted for Winter Farmer’s Markets!

From our friends at Seacoast Eat Local comes the following request. We hope you can take part!

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The Portsmouth Farmers’ Market is open through November 7 and the Kennebunk Market will be open through November 14, and indoor winter farmers’ markets are coming soon!

Seacoast Eat Local has organized a total of 11 winter farmers’ markets for the 2009-10 season, ensuring you can buy local food from your farmers all winter long. The first market is just three weeks away, on November 21 at the Wentworth Greenhouses in Rollinsford from 10am-2pm.

We’re looking for volunteers!

Volunteers play an important role during our winter farmers’ markets. From helping unload and carry foods, to making sure the customers coming in know about the next markets and have answers to their questions, to clean up, volunteers make sure the markets are the best possible for farmers and customers.

Some of the volunteer roles include:

Coming before the market to help unload and carry products for vendors. (2 hours before the market)
Staying during the market to help with information booth activities, fundraiser table sales of books and totebags, food donations etc. (1 or 2-hour shifts during the market)
Arriving near the end of the market to help carry goods back out, sweep, and tidy up. (2 hours after the market)
Driving food donations to a food pantry drop off spot after the market. (1 hour after the market)

In addition to these jobs, we’re also looking for a volunteer who might want to take on a larger, organizing role. We’d like to set up a simple area for families to take a break and relax with their kids and we’re looking for someone who has a vision for what that might look like, to be implemented with volunteer support.

If you would like to volunteer, please contact Erin Ehlers at erin@yogaonthehillkittery.com. Mention the date(s) that you are available, and preferred volunteer role if you have one.

Market dates/locations: (All markets are Saturdays with hours of 10am-2pm)

November 21 – Wentworth Greenhouses, 141 Rollins Rd, Rollinsford, NH
December 5 – Wentworth Greenhouses
December 12 – Exeter High School, 1 Blue Hawk Drive, Exeter, NH
December 19 – Wentworth Greenhouses
January 9 – Exeter
January 23 –
Wentworth Greenhouses
February 13 – Exeter
February 27 –
Wentworth Greenhouses
March 13 – Exeter
March 27 –
Wentworth Greenhouses
April 10 – Exeter

No matter your availability to volunteer, we hope to see you at the markets!

Sara Zoe Patterson, on behalf of Seacoast Eat Local
sarazoe@seacoasteatlocal.org
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Seacoast Eat Local welcomes donations in support of the winter farmers’ markets. Your donation supports the growth of these markets, enabling a more sustainable, self-reliant food system in our region. Donate online via PayPal, or contact us to send a donation by mail.