Back in January, SnoValley Tilth decided to suspend a 15-year relationship of hosting and managing the Carnation Farmers Market, citing non-sustainability and suggested the community of Carnation manage the venue.
Fast forward seven months and community organizers of the market are set to reopen the popular venue July 7 but need volunteers to help them pull it off.
“This year we are operating as a sub-committee of SnoValley Tilth—we are transitioning to an all-volunteer market so we are looking to community members for help,” said planning committee member Rob Gilliam. "Next year we aim to re-establish as an independent organization and hire a full-time marketing manager.
The market is held in downtown Carnation at the corner of Bird Street and Stossell Avenue. The hours of operation are 3 to 7 p.m. each Tuesday in July and August.
Volunteers are needed each market day; some for setup and teardown and others to work the information booth. A vendor coordinator, volunteer coordinator, and marketing/communication coordinator are also in demand.
Carnation Farmers Market is searching for street team volunteers to spread the word and promote the event online, and a bookkeeping and funding coordinator and one individual to function as the market operation coordinator 10 hours a week to manage on-site operations, and oversee the volunteers and vendors. A stipend will be provided for this position.
Visit carnationfarmersmarket.org to apply for the market operation coordinator, to sign up for a volunteer position, or donate to the market GoFundMe program.
“It’s been a full year of obstacles, but I am happy with the community interest to continue with the market — thankful for all our donors and volunteers,” Gilliam said. “A lot goes into a farmers market and its good to see that people want to be involved.”