Challenging paths, lead to beautiful discoveries . . .
Challenges have a way of pushing you to new heights. Our Farmer’s Market and Children’s Community Garden have brought about many challenges over the last year; permits, space restraints, keeping dedicated farmers engaged and our latest challenge; another non-profit in town starting their own Farmer’s Market; which could have the potential to water-down our farmer’s profits.
We overcame these obstacles by staying focused on our goal of bringing fresh fruits and vegetables to the community on a regular basis. Particularly for our seniors, who may not be able to get to a market for fresh-picked produce. One of the things we have learned along the way – It’s not about how it gets done, just that it DOES get done. We have been working hard to ensure our Farmer’s stay engaged and wanting to come to market. We understand that they need to earn a living and if coming to our Farmer’s Market is not profitable to them, they may stop coming. Working with the town, we will bus seniors to the market each week, so they may make their purchases. We will also blog, post on Facebook and Twitter and announce to our members and community that the market is up and running in hopes to keep customers coming back for more of the wonderful fresh fruits and veggies!
We have been in talks with the other non-profit in town, so that together we may have stronger traction in keeping our Farmer’s earning when they come to town. As such, the additional Farmer’s market will be located on the other side of town and will run on the weekends, while ours runs only on week days. This way, there will be plenty of produce for the community without competition for the farmer’s.
So although the road may have some bumps along the way, we are all able to enjoy the harvest in the end!