Tuesday, April 30, 2013

"Lettuce" Grow The Market!

Arlington Farmers' Market located in Legion Park- Photo credit Arlington Farmers' Market

The Arlington Farmers’ Market belongs to the community of Arlington. Lets grow the market!

You love the market. We love the market.

Here's the deal: the market needs you.

The Arlington Farmers' Market has run on a shoestring budget by an all volunteer staff for the past three years. Since 2010, the market has doubled each year, growing from a tiny 4-vendor spot in a parking lot to the magnificent community resource you saw last summer.

And it will be even better this year. But we need you.

Misty Mountains Farm talking with a loyal customer- Photo credit Arlington Farmers Market.
There are many volunteer positions to to fill for the coming season, including:

Story time/ kids activity coordinator
Set up manager 
Breakdown crew
Sign Master
Information Booth Attendant
Volunteer & Event Coordinator

You do not need to be an expert to enrich your community; you just need passion, an openness to learn, and a can-do, cooperative spirit!

So why should you work with the farmers' market? 1) We are fun to hang with. 2) Farmers markets are the only public retail outlet for many small farms; no market, no local agriculture! 3) Foster community gathering space. 4) Create outreach opportunities for education, conservation, and stewardship. 5) Support the future of farm to plate healthy living in our town!
The success of the AFM is 100% dependent on you, our fantastic community! With the help of some fantastic volunteer partners, the AFM will continue to blossom and grow.

We need you!

Story time at the market, a fan favorite!- Photo credit Arlington farmers' market.
Email Arlingtonfarmersmarket@hotmail.com with your interest!

See you at the market!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Bring on your ugliest chickens!

Does your chicken have a face only a mother could love? 

Is your chicken so ugly it could make an onion cry?

....Did your chicken fall out of the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down?

If you answered YES to any of the above questions, bring her on down to compete for the illustrious title of Arlington's Ugliest Chicken! 

Samantha's own chicken, named Ugly.
Can your chicken beat that??

No chicken? No problem! We invite you all to join us Saturday, April 13, at the Arlington Co-op Supply at 101 S Olympic Ave for lots of spring family fun, including:

Petting Zoo
Artist's Garage Sale
Spring Veggie Market
Farm Portraits
and yes....
Ugly Chickens!

Photo courtesy Holly Occhipinti

Farm portraits are available for $10 or 10 cans of food for the Arlington Food Bank. Dress your kiddos in their country best to pose on hay bales with baby chicks, quails, and bunnies! 

Be sure to peruse the entries and cast your vote for Ugliest Chicken. Her owner will win a new chicken coop!

If you think your chicken's got the right stuff (and by that we mean an ugly mug), register by sending an email to arlingtonfarmersmarket@hotmail.com with your name and contact info, and bring your chicken to the Co-op Supply by 10am on April 13 in its own viewable enclosure. 

May the unsightliest chicken win!