Cully Farmers Market will open for the 2015 season on Thursday, June 4, with a larger, expanded footprint and some great new programs. The market aims to provide an inclusive community gathering that offers local, affordable, healthy food – while nurturing local, sustainable, economic growth.
“We are introducing a lot of exciting opportunities to gather and enjoy community and we are committed to making the market accessible for all of our neighbors,” said Myo DeMayo, the market’s manager.
After last year’s successful move to the parking lots adjacent to Bob’s Rocket Pizza, Rose’s Ice Cream and Old Salt Marketplace, near the intersection of Northeast 42nd Avenue and Alberta Street, the market will add space this year in the Magoo’s parking lot across the street.
“We are introducing a volunteer senior voucher, and we will be continuing our weekly, $10 SNAP match,” DeMayo said, referring to the market’s policy of matching the first $10 of purchases made through the Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Seniors who volunteer at the market for an hour or more will receive $10 in tokens that can be spent at the market.
“We are hosting a pop-up library to continue the good work that’s been happening with the neighborhood literacy campaign, and our Kids Corner is growing to include cooking classes and field trips to 42nd Avenue businesses,” DeMayo said.
The market also collaborates with Madison High School’s New Roots sustainable agriculture program and will provide a Youth Booth where budding entrepreneurs can sell their wares.
Through the Community Table and the Emerging Business Booth, the Market offers a tiered approach to developing businesses. Displaying at the Community Table offers individuals with an idea, a place to test sales for free. If sales are high, they can apply for a week in the Emerging Business booth and increase quantity, diversify product line and continue to test sales. If successful, they can apply for market vendor status.
Familiar vendors from previous seasons will include Simpson Street Farm, Amaro’s Produce, Simington Gardens, Maria’s Tamales, Miss Zumstein Bakery & Coffee Shop and Seed and Thistle Apothecary. Opening night will feature a $40 gourmet cooking class with Old Salt Marketplace’s head chef Ben Meyer, using fresh ingredients found at the market.
The Cully Farmers Market will continue every Thursday evening through September, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. To enquire about booth space, volunteer or get more information, contact DeMayo at moc.l1516729640iamg@1516729640tekra1516729640msrem1516729640rafyl1516729640luc1516729640.