There is a lot happening in June so get ready for an exciting month at the Farmers Market.
1. The Farmers Market Nutrition Coupon Program (FMNCP) is coming back and will be starting June 9, 2014 with coupon distribution to participating families and June 14, 2014 for coupon redemption at the Farmers Market. Each qualified family will receive $15 worth of product/meat coupons each week to spend at the Farmers Market. The Ministry of Health has been partnering with the BC Association of Farmers' Markets since 2013 to help fund this program. There are currently 30 families in Powell River that benefit from this program through Family Place and BOND (Babies Open New Doors). Although the overall program includes seniors as well, Powell River doesn't receive any provincial funding for them so we've decided to take things into our own hands and that's where this next item comes in.
2. The bus is running! We are pleased to report that with the support of the Powell River Regional District, the Farmers Market Shuttle is underway as of June 1, 2014. There is a detailed schedule available on our blog under the heading Shuttle Bus for more information.
3. Featured Farmer - our blog will be having a Featured Farmer at least 1-2 times per month. What does this mean? Well it's a way for our community to get to know our local farmers a bit better and an opportunity to maybe try something new. We will be handing out $2 Farm-Specific Vouchers the weekend after the blog is published. Vouchers will be available at the information booth for the first 12 people on both Saturday and Sunday and redeemable at the Featured Farmers Booth. What a great way to venture into something new at the Market!
6. Keep your eye out for a special campaign that's starting in June. Chances to win up to $500 to spend at our farmers market and a complete canning set as well. Details will come out in the last week of June.
Take a few minutes to check our Lost and Found page, and Special Events. Remember to check our listing of Saturday or Sunday Vendors to see if your favourite vendors will be there the day you head to the market. These pages are updated by midnight the night before for all the latest information. If you would like to be a vendor you can take a look at this year's Contract which will help answer most of your questions. Feel free to print it off and fill it out. You can drop it off at the Information Booth during Market Hours or Email it to us. Join us at the Powell River Farmers Market, enjoy food, friends and music in the rustic setting on McLeod Road. Parents and Grandparents, the market is a wonderful place to bring young children as we have a large sandbox, lots of toys and of course Train Rides on Sunday and Bouncy Castle fun all weekend.