This season the market will run from June 6 to October 17. Just like last year, it will be held in the parking lot of Knox Presbyterian Church (806 W Knox) every Friday from 3 to 7pm.
The full-season rates this year are just $100 prior to April 30 and $125 on May 1 and later. That makes a total of 20 dates, and the early rate actually works out to less per market than the 2013 rate. Booth spaces per diem are still $15. And there’s still no application fee.
This year will bring some fun and important changes. Most important among them is that the market will be accepting EBT (aka Quest, SNAP) as a payment method in addition to standard debit/credit cards. The market will be participating in Fresh Bucks incentives, too — so every $5 in tokens purchased with your EBT card gets you an extra $2 for spending. And we’re also getting things in place to take WIC family and senior vouchers.
The collaboration with Project Hope will be stronger as well, so you’ll see kids and teenagers from Emerson-Garfield and West Central who are participating in the program selling their locally grown veggies at the Riverfront Farm booth. We’re also working on holding a market poster contest within the local schools as well as some cool tie-ins with First Friday events and Summer Parkways.
If you aren’t familiar with the Emerson-Garfield Farmers’ Market, please check out this photo gallery as well as this photo gallery. We think they capture the unique spirit of this grassroots market in a concise way.
One more thing: In the coming weeks, once some details are sussed out, the application will become a joint application with Project Hope’s West Central Marketplace. That means you can use a single application to apply for one market or the other — or better yet, both!