Seeking Market Manager for 2015 season

The Alfred Farmers Market (AFM), a “growers-only” market, is hiring a new part-time market manager for the upcoming 2015 season. The market runs from July-October, but the position would require input of hours ASAP for professional development, training, and to attend monthly board meetings to discuss the upcoming season. If you or someone you know is interested, please consider applying.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter describing your interest and qualifications to amandakhodor@gmail.com. The position is opened until filled. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

APPLICANT REQUIREMENTS:

  • Passion for local foods and a desire to strengthen the local food economy
  • Knowledge of farming/gardening and when produce is in season is preferred
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to interact with a wide range of people
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds
  • Reliable transportation
  • Basic bookkeeping skills
  • Ability to collect, manage, and analyze data
  • Ability to enforce rules and regulations of the market
  • Ability to manage conflict
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Basic computer skills and access to a computer
  • Ability to communicate by email
  • Punctuality, self-motivation and the ability to work independently

OVERVIEW:

The Alfred Farmers Market Board is seeking a part-time market manager for the upcoming 2015 season. Individuals with a passion for local foods and market experience are encouraged to apply. The Alfred Farmers Market is held on Sundays from 11 am – 3 pm at the Alfred Village Bandstand from July through October. The manager is responsible for attending all of the markets as well as committing hours to professional development and research on related farmers market topics. Compensation for market duties is $12/hour. It is estimated that the manager will work approximately 6 hours a week during the market season and roughly 12 hours total from February-mid-July for training purposes.

Our market provides growers, producers and artisans the chance to sell their goods directly to the local community, while at the same time offering customers a fun and festive opportunity to support AFM vendors and receive a quality product. The market manager is the “face” of the market and is responsible for responding to vendors and customers. The job requires personal confidence and the ability to communicate effectively the rules and regulations of the AFM.

The Alfred Farmers Market is unique to Allegany County in that it is the only “grower-only” market. The AFM requires that vendors grow or produce all the products they sell at the AFM. No re-selling is allowed. Due to this requirement, it is essential for the market manager to understand the AFM rules and regulations to be able to enforce them properly.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Manager must be available for regular contact via email throughout the duration of their employment
  • Must be willing and able to work outdoors and to lift up to 25 pounds safely.

Duties-In season:

  • Enroll vendors in the market-either through seasonal vendor agreements or as daily vendors
  • Collect all stall fees owed, make accurate accounting, and give to AFM Treasurer to deposit into market account
  • Arrive prior to market vendors and remain throughout the market day to:
    • Properly place vendors, including assigning daily vendors a space
    • Place market signs
    • Ensure all rules and regulations are adhered to
    • Ensure all state and county regulations are adhered to
    • Answer questions for vendors and consumers
    • Resolve disputes that arise
    • Maintain market grounds in a safe manner
    • Operate market managers booth
    • Operate market’s EBT program
  • Enroll market and market farmers in the Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP)
  • Act as a liaison to the AFM Board
  • Communicate market policies, activities and rules to farmers, keeping them informed throughout the season
  • Conduct periodic customer counts each market day to assess the level of growth in market usage.
  • Assure the market site is clean once the market is closed and the vendors have left for the day
  • Maintain database of farmers, vendors, their contact information, and any licenses or permits each vendor possesses based on the products they are selling
  • Conduct farm inspections when necessary

Duties- off season:

  • Vendor recruitment
  • Professional development for market managers
  • Work with market board to plan for market growth and development

Want to be a farmers market vendor? It’s not as hard as you think!

Have you ever thought about being a vendor at a farmers market but didn’t know how to get started?

To learn more about what it takes to be a vendor, come to an informational meeting at 6 pm on Thursday, March 13, at the Box of Books Library on Main Street in Alfred.

Peg Eisenhardt, owner of Hedgerow Farm Bakery, will explain what’s involved in selling crafts, vegetables, plants, eggs, meat, baked goods, and prepared foods at farmers markets in our area.

Planning underway for 2014 market

It may be cold outside, but the Alfred Farmers Market is busy making plans for the 2014 season.

First, a big thank you to everyone who helped to make the 2013 season a success: the vendors, the shoppers, our market manager who keeps everything running smoothly, the musicians, contributors to the educational program, and Alfred University who provides the space.

In 2014, the market will continue to meet 11 am to 3 pm on Sundays, from July 20 through November 23.

The market is located on the Alfred Village Green, at the corner of Main Street and Saxon Drive, in the Village of Alfred.

When the weather turns too cold, the market will be moved to the McLane Center on North Main Street in Alfred, on the Alfred University campus.

We’re exciting about the upcoming season and look forward to seeing you there!

Market moves indoors this weekend

Beginning this Sunday, October 27, the market will move to the ground floor of the McLane gymnasium on North Main Street in Alfred (building #7 on this Alfred University campus map).

While we love having the market outdoors, we also want our patrons and vendors to be comfortable.

The market will remain in this location through Sunday, November 17, the last market of the season.

We hope to see you at McLane!

Upcoming talk by Amanda Khodorkovskaya on “Choosing the Road Less Traveled?”

Amanda Khodorkovskaya will speak on “Choosing the Road Less Traveled?” on Friday, October 18, as part of Alfred University’s Environmental Studies Speaker Series.

The talk will take place at 12:20 pm in the Roon Lecture Hall (room 247) of the Science Center on AU’s campus. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

Amanda Khordorkovskaya is current President of the Alfred Farmers Market board. She and Sasha Khordorkovskaya own Living Acres Farm in Alfred Station and are regular vendors at the Alfred Farmers Market as well as other local markets. Their products can also be purchased through the farm’s Community Supported Agriculture plan.