CFM Community (Co-Op) Booth – 2020
Have your germination rates exceeded the space left to plant in your garden? Have you not yet learned that one zucchini plant per family is probably enough? Do you raise heirloom tomatoes that you’re dying to share with the public?
Would you like a way to start selling at the market without the upfront costs of reserving a market space or purchasing the many components to set up a booth? Would you like some help with developing marketing skills and learning how to display, price and sell your produce? How about some help with offering a product demonstration, sampling or tasting event? Well, the newly re-launched CFM Community Booth has become an outlet for all this and more!
Each week, CFM will set up a Community Booth that serves several important purposes in the marketplace. What began during our first season as a CFM fundraiser for our fledgling Market, has become more than just a way to raise operating funds.
The Community Booth has become a place where undecided produce vendors can dip their toes in the water before committing to their own booth. It has become a place where backyard gardeners, small farmers, retirees, and even youth can market their surplus harvests of lettuce, blueberries, apples, basil, and more! It is a place where old friends meet, new friendships are born, a small town is feeding itself, and every week you are guaranteed to find a fabulous new selection of fresh, seasonal produce.
This booth is staffed with a friendly, helpful, co-op booth manager, who will help you navigate your farmers market adventure. You will be asked to stay and help sell your produce, as you learn the ins & outs of produce display, pricing, using a scale, handling transactions, interacting with customers, and much more; in exchange for a commission fee from your sales. While you will keep most of your profit, the money paid in commissions will sustain the booth manager’s wage so that other beginning vendors may have the same opportunity to learn and sell their produce. This booth has been designed with the goal of helping you grow your garden, grow your business, and grow into your own vendor space when you are ready!
If you would like to sign up for the community booth and sell your fresh fruits, vegetables, or herbs, please call the Community Booth Manager, Tammy Robinson, by Wednesday each week, at 360-270-2526 to discuss your plans. You will need to arrive between 9:00-9:30 a.m. on Saturday morning to bring your fresh produce items and complete some paperwork.
The Community Booth Manager will assist with setting fair prices that reflect current market value, and all items will be inspected to ensure quality and freshness. All produce sales and pricing is at the discretion of the Community Booth Manager and you will agree that a 25% commission will be charged on the proceeds of your sold produce. (You may choose to take home your unsold produce or donate it to our local food bank.)
This community booth is operated as part of the Beginning Vendor Support Network Project, and through funding provided by a multitude of partners including: the USDA, the Oregon Farmers Markets Association, Oregon State University and the Ford Family Foundation. Please read more about this exciting project HERE.