VT Farmers Market Check-in - Shared screen with speaker view
In fact I also lost both my cheese vendors - so if anyone is close to Arlington and has a cheese or dairy vendor - I have none now.
I order from Bennington and if I miss the date I just say I'll get it next time. I did miss one this week but I ordered from three I wanted
Just the question I asked at tye top of chat
I know of 6 markets for sure that have cancelled but there are others that are still on the fence
I have one prepared food vendor. I was going to have them located at the beginning on the inside where people enter and being a U shape they can pick up the food on the way out.
I'm going to not unmute, Jenny, put we have 13 committed vendors, and nine more who committed to me by phone last night but are all late (may 1st cut off) for signing up. I lost one meat vendor who lost her farm. I have one meat vendor not returning but he was mainly a no show last year. I lost my corn and egg vendor who is not even planting this year (only 1/4 of his field) and not doing markets cause he is worried about dealing with covid and custmoers. ALso I lost two big veg vendors - one who must moved her farm up the road so she will be back with a bigger operation but not this year. My dairy cheese vendors as I mentioned both are slammed with orders from other places now - so neither of them are coming this year - both say they will return next year. I have one meat, one veg, no cheese and no jam. I have one maple, one honey and the rest are all bakery and crafts. I really am trying to reach more veg, egg and cheese ppl because I really need them. We are meeting as a board Wed to decide if we
are even having a market this year. It looks good - but I really want to get more food vendors.
For comparison we had over 30 vendors committed by this time last year. So we are at 13 now.
reading all these comments..it would be worth having a news story go out on what is happening at Markets and the challenges we face.
I get calls too ppl wanting me to open. Militantly wanting me to open. Bt...I need farmers to want to come and be able to come.
I was talking to someone about that but it was pretty pricy at I beliebe 35$ per vendor per market plus a 9% fee on each sale. That seemed high to me.
It feels as though not many farmers that do veggies have a lot for sale this early in the year. I would suspect that later in August and September there is more available from veggie farmers. I believe that the idea of a market is to meet the farmer. It saddens me that everything is going online now.
We lost a veg farmer and our other 2 are almost full with CSA's and they have first dibs. This is becoming problematic for us as not everyone can sign up for CSA or should have to, and that also makes it hard to one stop shop if there are no veg available. The bakers are slow due to customers baking more. We have been counting cars and last market, there were a lot of out of state cars. The only problem with this is our regular customers weren't able to participate as usual, so some vendors are reaching out to their own regulars first before opening to the whole community. We are continuing pre-order/drive through May 16 and 30, and will reassess soon. we have 16 vendors and around 150 cars coming through 10-12.
My concern with these are if they will replace the face to face social interaction of a market. I see even facebook now has groups where you can connect with farmers and place an order in the group and pick up at farms. Mybe these are good for farms. That's great too. But I also think there is a real danger that farmers markets are going to be forever hurt from this and the procedures that come from this.
where is Lotty based?
I have three craft vendors signed up since Jan - they have never left but weve just been waiting and seeing if they were allowed. They are solid. They are using it because all their other shops and fairs are closed and they want to use it as a pickup place for all their called in orders which now they are mailing or home delivering.
Same hours here. Fridays 4-7
What time is Montpeliers market ? My wife was unable to locate the time on the website.
10-1 I believe
I have a similar question - I want to know how you are dealing with customers who wont wear masks if you tell them to - or if not who start eating on site. Are you asking more volunteers to "people watch"?
I know some ppl are exempt sue to health issues like COPD? How do you deal with that are you worried about lawsuits?4
How can it be our job to police ?? Religious or medical reasons are difficult to answer. I dislike being the mask police.
I like what I rerad about mask etiquette
Just that the CDC said no masks "if they have breathing issues" so I think we need clear guidance on that. That can be pretty loosely interpreted.
What are you guys using for arrows and signs? Or ropes? That's a cost we don't have money for but are hoping to get a grant foor - and I'm wondering what you used and the cost?
And then running and delieving pickup orders to cars. I have no idea how this is gonna work. I am also really worried my volunteers will dry up due to covid.
Lots to do including cleaning - so much more.
where are you buying those things from?
we are on a lawn so I think we need signs and stakes
we are also at a historic inn so no paint allowed -
lol best wishes! I hope you let us know how it went Lotty!
Jennie will the clinic be a zoom mtg?
Thank you Jennifer Porter for this information. and forum