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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 have a full season of dates prepared and will be releasing market dates and locations on a monthly basis. Check above for the most recent winter market 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. We will be limiting the number of people per household to one (if possible we realize there may be exceptions), encouraging customers to pre-order directly with vendors and pickup orders outside of market at a designated area, requiring customers to make an appointment to attend markets.
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]
Getting to the Winter Farmers’ Markets
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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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 access to a large 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!
For more information, contact Shawn Menard, Program Director at [email protected]
Volunteering at the Winter Farmers’ Markets
This year’s winter farmers’ markets are going to look different in many ways which also means we will also be looking for more volunteers than ever before to make it happen! We will have some of the same opportunities we have had in the past as well as some newer opportunities.
Below is a list of the available volunteer opportunities and their descriptions. Face coverings are required of volunteers at all times. All times and open slots for each market can be found via the surveys listed below for the corresponding market site and date.
November Winter Market Volunteer Sign-ups
Volunteer opportunity descriptions
Set-up crew: Please be comfortable with working on your feet, and able to lift and carry up to 35 lbs. There will be lots of assistance from SEL staff and other volunteers. Report to Information Table at 7:45am for further instructions (all training is done on the job) Best part about this shift is that you will be first in line to start shopping when the market begins!
Outside Greeters and Counters: The outside greeter will be responsible for asking customers if they have a ticket to attend the farmers’ market. If not they will communicate to the customer appointments are required and where they can find the link to make an appointment. You will be responsible for communicating with the exit moderator to ensure capacity limits are not exceeded.
Admission: You will allow customers from the line to enter the market.
Exit Moderator: The exit moderator will be responsible for communicating the number of customers exiting the market to ensure a smooth transition of customer-in-customer-out.
Floater: Please only apply to this position if you are an experienced Seacoast Eat Local volunteer or board member. The floater will be a jack of all trades on market day, assisting the market manager with covering booths, customer service, and answering questions throughout the market.
SNAP Table Lead: Please only apply to this position if you are an experienced Seacoast Eat Local volunteer (training is required for this position). You will operate the EBT/Credit/Debit terminal as well as organize and record transactions. You will be responsible for answering questions and reporting to the market manager with any questions or concerns.
NEW: Market Pick-up Order Program
Outside Pick-up program crew: Responsible for checking the customer’s order information and running orders to customer vehicles. You will work collaboratively with the Pick-up program supervisor.
Inside Pick-up program crew: Responsible for collaborating with the Pick-up program supervisor to organize customer orders and vendor drop-offs.
We want to thank you for considering volunteering with Seacoast Eat Local and if you have any questions please feel free to contact the Program Coordinator, Morgan Morani, at [email protected].
Other Local Farmers’ Markets
**BE SURE TO CHECK WEBSITE OR SOCIAL MEDIA PRIOR TO MARKET FOR ANY CANCELLATIONS OR SCHEDULE CHANGES. **
The Kittery Community Market will take place from 10am-2pm on the following Sundays outdoors at 10 Shapleigh Road, Kittery, ME.
- October 18th
- November 22nd
- December 13th
Rolling Green Nursery Winter Farmers’ Markets will take place Saturdays from 10:00AM-2:00PM at 64 Breakfast Hill Rd. Greenland, NH.
- November 14th, 21st
- December 12th, 19th
- January 2nd, 16th, 30th
- February 13th, 27th
Salem Winter Farmers’ Market occurs every Sunday year round from 10:00AM-12:00PM
Tri-Town Farmers’ Market at Sturgeon Creek, located at 1651 State Road Eliot, ME. Happening on the first and third Sunday every month from November 15-March 21 from 11:00AM-2:30PM.
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