Our Winter Farmers’ Markets

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**Our 2020/2021 Winter Farmers’ Market Season is currently in the planning process. VENDOR APPLICATIONS FOR THE SEASON WILL BE OPENED THE LAST WEEK OF SEPTEMBER.

Look below for FAQs. 

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2020-2021 Winter Farmers’ Market FAQs

Are the markets still happening? We’re planning on having a regular schedule of farmers’ markets as we have in the past. While there are many factors out of our control, we’re working closely with venues and local authorities to be able to have the season happen.

 

Will you still have markets in Exeter and Rollinsford? We’ve been in constant contact with both locations and intend on having markets at both locations.  There are many extra factors for us to consider including the type of venue, legal occupancy/capacity, parking, and building accessibility. 

 

What dates will market take place this year? We don’t have 100% confirmation yet on dates. However, our staff is working on securing a schedule similar to that of previous years’ markets, we will know more when sites confirm the submitted dates. 

 

Your markets usually draw well over 1,500 people, how will you handle crowd control? We’re working on a number of measures to reduce crowds at market this year. Among the things we’re considering are: limiting the number of people per household to one, encouraging customers to pre-order directly with vendors and pickup orders outside of market at a designated area, requiring a certain percentage of customers to pre-register for a time slot to shop.

 

Will the layout of market look different this year? Yes, we are working on new layouts for both venues which will be centered around one-way foot traffic, vendor tables spaced farther apart, and vendor placement by product category. There will not be any room for visiting nonprofits, musicians, or other market guests.

 

Will all of my favorite vendors from last year still be there? What we do know is that there will be less room for vendors due to our new distanced layout. We expect the reduction in the number of vendors will be around 20%.  Some vendors have already told us they will not be attending because they have adequate sales alternatives and would prefer to leave their table space for vendors that don’t have other alternatives. Vendor applications will be going out late this year so we won’t have that information available until late September or early October.

 

What sort of online or pre-ordering will you offer? We will be posting links to vendors’ (both those that will be at market and those that won’t) online stores on our website and marketing materials. Customers may place and pay for orders online directly with vendors. Vendors will bring pre-orders to market and Seacoast Eat Local will organize the orders and make them available for customer pickup in a designated location. This will enable customers to continue getting products from their favorite vendors without having to enter market. Our primary goal for online ordering will be for our markets to be used as a pickup location and not to replicate any other online ordering service.

 

Will SNAP and Market Match still be available? Yes. We are also working on enabling SNAP customers to utilize the pre-order option and pay for eligible items with SNAP or Market Match. More details will be announced as we continue to develop this option. 

 

What other safety measures will be in place? We will require all customers, vendors, staff, and volunteers to wear masks at all times. Hand sanitizer will be available at multiple locations within market. Many vendors will enhance their displays to reduce the amount of food that is touched. One-way traffic and social distance signs and markers will help customers navigate the market. We will only be allowing a reduced number of people to be shopping in market at one time. We will encourage alternative payment options such as Venmo, PayPal, and Google Pay. 

 

I enjoy having a hot cup of coffee and breakfast sandwich at market. Will that option still be available? There will be no food or beverages made-to-order and no food or beverages may be consumed on-site by customers.

 

Have you considered canceling the season? At this point, we have not seriously considered canceling the season. We’ve surveyed both vendors and customers with an overwhelming majority saying they are still interested in the market happening. With many new sales outlets for local farmers, including online farm stores and delivery options, we still feel like farmers’ markets are a critical part of making local food accessible to everyone.

 

How will you communicate all of these changes to the public? We will create comprehensive and easy to read materials for both customers and vendors. Materials will be continuously sent out on social media and our email list as a reminder on a weekly basis leading up to each market. We will also have simple signage outside of both venues informing customers of the most important changes. Staff and/or volunteers will be present at the market entrance to let people in and ensure customers are informed and are following our guidelines.

 

Any further questions about our Winter Farmers’ Markets can be directed to: [email protected]


Interested in becoming a Winter Farmers’ Market Sponsor?

Seacoast Eat Local is seeking sponsors to support the winter farmers’ market season. These community events are an important venue for Seacoast residents to connect with area growers and learn more about the nutritional, ecological, and economic benefits of a strong local food system. This sponsorship opportunity will provide your business with up to six months of access to a base of engaged consumers, farmers, small business owners, and active community members.

Sponsors will receive recognition opportunities on our website, through social media, in our e-newsletters, and at markets. Exposure through these platforms will easily exceed reaching 7,000 individuals in the Seacoast region! COMMUNITY BUSINESS SPONSOR slots are still available. Please inquire about any specific dates you would like to sponsor.

Please see the below link for details on sponsorships which will help sustain the winter markets – and thank you for your generous support!

Winter Farmers’ Market Sponsorship Package

Online payment for sponsorships is available

For more information, contact Shawn Menard, Program Director at [email protected]

Volunteering at the Winter Farmers’ Markets

Volunteers make our organization strong and our work possible! If you would like to volunteer at one of our Winter Farmers’ Markets, please contact Morgan Morani at [email protected]

2020/2021 Market Dates TBD

 

 

NEW: Collaborative Winter Farmers’ Markets with Kittery Community Market!

Kittery Community Winter Farmers’ Markets in collaboration with Seacoast Eat Local will take place from 10am-2pm on the following Sundays at the Kittery Community Center. See directions below.

Schedule TBD

 

 

Special Events and Services at the Winter Farmers’ Markets

Check back soon for more information!

SNAP/EBT

We proudly accept SNAP/EBT dollars at all of our Winter Farmers’ Markets. At the market, SNAP recipients can choose how much they would like to spend that day on food purchases, with no minimum amount required. A market staff member will then swipe their EBT card for that amount. The customer is then given wooden tokens, that are used just like cash, and can be used to buy food at approved vendors at the market. Tokens never expire – if you do not use them all that day, they can be saved for future markets.  Learn More about shopping with SNAP

CSA Days at the Markets

During some Winter Farmers’ Markets, in addition to an amazing farmers’ market, we offer the chance to meet farmers who have CSA shares available.

Each CSA is unique, offering different pick up locations, diversity of products, and experiences. CSA Days at the market give you a chance to ask questions and find the right CSA for you. Whether you are interested in a traditional boxed share, farm credit based share, local delivery or on-farm pick up, there will be a farm for you. There are spring and summer, fall, and year round CSA options. Learn more about CSAs and find farms that offer shares .

CSA DAYS:

Exeter: TBD

Kittery: TBD

Rollinsford: TBD

 

 

Getting to the Winter Farmers’ Markets

Wentworth Greenhouses

141 Rollins Rd, Rollinsford, NH
1 mile past Red’s Shoe Barn of Dover
10am to 2pm

Hosted in collaboration with Wentworth Greenhouses

 

Exeter High School
1 Blue Hawk Drive, Exeter, NH
Route 101 to exit 9, follow route 27 west 1.8 miles.
10am to 2pm

 

 

 

 

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