Job Opening: WDFM Market Manager

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The Waco Downtown Farmers Market (WDFM) is seeking a creative, organized and energetic person qualified to assist the WDFM Board of Directors to manage the weekly, year-round farmers market on a part-time basis (20 hours per week).  The WDFM is a year-round riverside market, featuring the best local agricultural producers and artisan vendors within 150-miles of Waco, TX.  Since opening in 2011, the WDFM operates every Saturday from 9am-1pm, plus additional hours for seasonal events.   

The successful market manager candidate will exhibit the following:

  • Basic knowledge of and interest in farmers market operations, agriculture, and food systems issues

  • Outstanding ability to communicate verbally and in writing

  • Experience with project management, program coordination, event planning or community building

  • Effective problem-solving and conflict resolution skills

  • Excellent time and management skills

  • Interest in working with people – farmers, vendors, and community residents

  • Excellent people skills: friendly, outgoing, tactful, able to listen

  • Webpage management and design skills are highly desirable

  • Ability to lift 50 pounds on a regular basis

  • Public speaking experience is a plus

Job Description: This position will be responsible for promoting and overseeing the operation of the market.  A partial list of duties includes:

  • Manage the overall operation of the market every Saturday

  • Direct Farmers and Vendors to their designated spaces as they arrive

  • Manage community education events, music, volunteers etc.

  • Collect fees from vendors

  • Manage credit card transactions and food assistance programs

  • Assist with special events

  • Communicate with vendors and customers throughout the week

  • Promote the market throughout the week through the website and social media (Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram)

  • Attend and speak at local community meeting to promote the activities of the market

Start Date: June 1, 2014 – to start training under the current Market Manager

Time Commitment: This is a part-time job – approximately 20 hours per week.

Pay rate:  Depends on Experience

 

To apply, send a cover letter and resume (including a list of references):  wdfm.manager@gmail.com

Waco Downtown Farmers Market

PO Box 1834

Waco, TX 76703

What’s in Season: April.

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PRODUCE:  Arugula, beets, bok choi, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, collard greens, garlic, kale, lettuce and salad mixes, mustard greens, onions, parsnips, peas (sugar and snap), radishes, rhubarb, spinach, strawberries, Swiss chard, tomatoes (green and red), turnips, turnip greens.

HERBS:  Bay, cilantro, dill, lavender, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, tarragon, thyme.

LOCALLY-RAISED and MADE GROCERY ITEMS:  Baked goods (breads, pastries, pies, gluten-free), balsamic vinegars, beef, cheeses (cow & goat), chicken (whole, breast, ground), chocolate (artisan & raw), coffee & espresso, cornmeal, eggs (chicken & duck), granola, honey, jams & jellies, lamb, milk, olive oils, pasta, pecans, pickles, popcorn, pork, rabbit, salsa, sorghum, sorghum flour, tea, turkey, vinaigrettes, wheat flour, wheatgrass (for juicing), wine, yogurt.

NON-FOOD ITEMS:  Art (local designers and artists), bamboo vases and garden trellises, charcoal & smoker chips (mesquite), children’s books, compost & compost tea, dog food & treats (all-natural), flowers (seasonally), firewood, garden manuals, goat’s milk soap, laundry detergent, lotion, mulch, plants (herbs, flowers, vegetables), tote bags, vermicomposting worms and kits.                                                                                                                                              

PREPARED FOODS:  Breakfast burritos and tacos, crepes, Indian, pita, pizza, tamales (beef & black bean and queso), Vietnamese.

What’s in Season: March.

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PRODUCE:  Arugula, artichokes, beets, bok choi, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, collard greens, garlic, kale, lettuce and salad mixes, mustard greens, onions, peas (sugar and snap), pecans, radishes, rutabaga,  spinach, strawberries, Swiss chard, turnips, turnip greens.

HERBS:  Cilantro, dill, lavender, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, tarragon, thyme.

LOCALLY-RAISED and MADE GROCERY ITEMS:  Baked goods (breads, pastries, pies, gluten-free), balsamic vinegars, beef, cheeses (cow & goat), chicken (whole, breast, ground), chocolate (artisan & raw), coffee & espresso, cornmeal, eggs (chicken & duck), granola, honey, jams & jellies, lamb, milk, olive oils, pasta, pecans, pickles, popcorn, pork, rabbit, salsa, sorghum, sorghum flour, tea, turkey, vinegarettes, wheat flour, wine, yogurt.

NON-FOOD ITEMS:  Compost & compost tea, dog food & treats (all-natural), firewood, garden manuals, goat’s milk soap, jewelry, laundry detergent, lotion, plants (herbs, flowers, vegetables), tote bags, vermicomposting kits.

Spring Handmade Marketplace April 12th.

On April 12th, the Waco Downtown Farmers Market will be celebrating Spring and partaking Downtown Waco’s Weekend in Waco Events with a Handmade Marketplace.  We want to support small-scale craftsters and promote buying local and handmade!!

If you are interested in selling, please fill out the “Contact Us” form on the website - and include a description of what you’ll be selling and a photo or two.  Nothing edible, please.  Cost will be $25 per booth and you must supply your own table.  Everything must be handmade by you – so that we are exemplifying the spirit of all things Waco!

Location:  WDFM – 400 S. University Parks Drive

Hours:  9am-1pm (please arrive by 8:30am – and plan on staying until the end of market at 1pm)

Cost:  $25/table

Deadline for registering:  Saturday, April 5th

We also operate a token system at Market – allowing all vendors to benefit from customers who only have credit/debit cards.  At the end of Market, you can turn in your tokens to the Welcome booth and record your address information so that we can send you a check for the tokens you earned.  More details about our Token System can be found here.

For more information, please contact Bethel at wdfm.manager@gmail.com

Second Saturdays at the Market

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Starting this month (February 2014), we’ll be having regular demonstrations and activities hosted by local organizations down at the Waco Downtown Farmers Market on the Second Saturday of every month.

Right now we currently have the Word Gallery hosting a popup writing circle – and will have info about their programs, writing prompts, surprise activities for all ages, and writer swag for sale.

The McLennan County Master Gardeners will also have a booth on every Second Saturday of the month, hosting monthly demonstrations on garden-related activities.  See their calendar of demonstrations and find it posted on our Upcoming Events Calendar.

February 8, 2014: Rose pruning
March 8, 2014:  Rainwater harvesting
April 12, 2014:  Recycling
May 10, 2014:  Drip Irrigation
June 14, 2014: Plant propagation
July 12, 2014:  Deanna, Agrilife, Food safety
August 9, 2014: Worm composting
September 13, 2014: Children’s Garden Fair activities preview
October 11, 2014:  Herbs
November 8, 2014: When & What to Prune
December 13, 2014:  Arrangements from your yard

 

What’s in Season: February.

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PRODUCE:  Arugula, beets, bok choi, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, collard greens, garlic, kale, lettuce and salad mixes, mustard greens, onions, peas (sugar and snap), pecans, pumpkins, radishes, spinach, squash (butternut, spaghetti – winter varieties), strawberries, Swiss chard, turnips, turnip greens.

HERBS:  Cilantro, dill, lavender, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, tarragon, thyme.

LOCALLY-RAISED and MADE GROCERY ITEMS:  Baked goods (breads, pastries, pies, gluten-free), balsamic vinegars, beef, cheeses (cow & goat), chicken (whole, breast, ground), chocolate (artisan & raw), coffee & espresso, cornmeal, eggs (chicken & duck), granola, honey, jams & jellies, lamb, milk, olive oils, pasta, pecans, pickles, popcorn, pork, rabbit, salsa, sorghum, sorghum flour, tea, turkey, vinegarettes, wheat flour, wine, yogurt.

NON-FOOD ITEMS:  Bamboo vases and lamps, charcoal & smoker chips (mesquite), children’s books, compost & compost tea, dog food & treats (all-natural), firewood, garden manuals, goat’s milk soap, laundry detergent, lotion, mulch, plants (herbs, flowers, vegetables), tote bags.

Annual Vendor Meeting – January 29, 2014

Calling all Prospective Vendors:  

Our Annual Vendor meeting has been set for Wednesday, January 29th at 3:00pm. Please RSVP ASAP to the Market Manager (wdfm.manager@gmail.com) so we can get a final tally on who all can be there.  We will have all of our regular vendors in attendance as well. Location to be announced after more details have been finalized.  We will be providing snacks. I will send out the agenda once we receive your RSVP.  Please review our process of and guidelines for becoming a vendor to ensure you fit within our framework of allowed vendors:  Becoming a Vendor.

Become a Featured Organization

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If you are interested becoming a featured organization in 2014, check out the WDFM Events Calendar and then fill out the Contact Us form on our website to let us know of your interest.  This is a great opportunity for your local organization or project to meet new folks and spread the word.  Must commit to a full market day – 9am-1pm.  We provide the tent and the table – you provide the good information and joy and mirth (and perhaps a chair or two).

What’s In Season: January.

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PRODUCE:  Arugula, beets, bok choi, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, collard greens, garlic, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce and salad mixes, mustard greens, onions, pecans, pumpkins, radishes, spinach, squash (butternut, spaghetti – winter varieties), Swiss chard, turnips, turnip greens.

HERBS:  Cilantro, dill, lavender, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, tarragon, thyme.

LOCALLY-RAISED and MADE GROCERY ITEMS:  Baked goods (breads, pastries, pies, gluten-free), balsamic vinegars, beef, cheeses (cow & goat), chicken (whole, breast, ground), coffee & espresso, cornmeal, dog food & treats (all-natural), eggs (chicken & duck), goat’s milk soap, granola, honey, jams & jellies, lamb, laundry detergent, lotion, milk, olive oils, pasta, pecans, pickles, plants (herbs, flowers, vegetables), pork, tea, wheat flour, wine, yogurt.

PREPARED FOODS:   breakfast burritos and tacos, crepes, Indian, pizza, pretzels & pretzel bun sandwiches, tamales (beef & black bean and queso).