Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Announcing the Scottsbluff Winter Farmers Market

Some of you know this already, because we are friends on Facebook, but some of you aren't on Facebook and may not be "in the know." So for those of you who don't know this exciting news, I am please to announce that I have been busy organizing an indoor farmers market!!

YAY!! Yipee!! Indoors so we won't freeze!

Yep, I'm pretty excited about it.

Here are the details.

Who: Scottsbluff Winter Farmers Market

What: An INDOOR Farmers Market (duh)

When: Select Saturdays (see schedule below) November through April
1 pm - 4 pm

Where: Scottsbluff Hampton Inn Conference Center
Hwy 26 & Avenue B, Scottsbluff, NE

Why: Because there are lots of us who have stuff for sale year round!
And I need another project... yea right, like I need a hole in the head! hee, hee

Here's the dates, make sure to circle these Saturdays on your calendar in red and plan to attend!
  • November 6th & 27th
  • December 4th & 18th
  • January 8th & 22nd
  • February 5th & 19th
  • March 5th & 19th
  • April 2nd & 16th

One goal I have for the Winter Market is for the Market to give back to the community. We (meaning the market vendors) intend on doing that by collecting donations for various charitable organizations at each Winter Market. For example, at the first market to be held November 6th, we will be holding a food drive for the CAPWN (Community Action Partnership of Western Nebraska) Food Pantry. CAPWN is a non-profit community based health and human services organization that serves low-income, disadvantaged, and those unable to meet their needs through other sources. We are asking market-goers to bring nonperishable food items or to donate a dollar to the food drive. If you donate, your name will be entered into a drawing for a gift basket compiled of products and goodies from the vendors!!

The following Winter Markets will also have a specific designated charitable organizations in which the community can donate to by bringing their donations to the Winter Market. You can keep yourself informed about each Market's designated charitable organization on the ScottsbluffWinter FarmersMarket page on Facebook.

Non-profit organizations holding fund-raisers will also be allowed to and are encouraged to participate in the Winter Market. A special fee will be determined for each organization. If you are involved with such an organization and would like to participate or have questions feel free to contact me.

The Winter Market will be full of fun for all ages. We plan on having cooking demonstrations, door prizes and giveaways. Special events will be planned for children such as face painting. I am also working on having area musical groups perform at various markets. Wouldn't it be nice to have some carolers during the holiday markets?

Vendors will be selling late-season produce, all-natural meats, eggs, goat cheese, honey, salsas and sauces, jams and jellies, artisan breads, baked goods, sweets, handmade jewelry, handmade soaps and locally made handcrafts, just to name a few. I are very excited and hope that you will plan to attend.

I'll start to introduce you to some of the vendors in later posts.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me @ 308-787-1111.

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