Volunteering at the Forsyth Farmers’ Market
The Forsyth Farmers’ Market began as a volunteer fun organization and, while we have a few part time staff now, we still accomplish the bulk of our work via volunteers. In 2014, over 100 volunteers contributed over 1,300 hours! Our community is greatly enriched by the contributions of our wonderful volunteers. We hope you’ll join them in helping us sustain the Forsyth Farmers’ Market.
Set-up (7am-9am) – Each Saturday, we must load an average of 35 Vendors into the park with all of their equipment (tables, chairs, canopies, display materials) and all of their product. This task takes many hands and we affectionately call it the “farmers’ market workout.”
Market (9am-1pm) – The Forsyth Farmers’ Market runs a token exchange as a convenience to our customers. All Vendors take cash (and some have the capability to accept mobile phone payments), but if you run out of cash, we can swipe a debit, credit or EBT card at our main market table for tokens to spend with the Vendors. We have staff on hand for this process, as well as answering questions, providing activities for youth, and other items, but we’ve grown so much in the past few years, that several extra helpers are always appreciated.
Clean-up (12:30pm-2pm) – In the afternoon, we must remove everything we brought in during set-up. Again, many hands make light work!
Special events tag-team
These on-call volunteers would help with staffing booths at special events both on-site (fundraising/FoFFM, Bring it Home projects, My Market Club, etc) or off-site (Food Day, various health fairs, etc). Team could also serve as a point of contact for gathering necessary supplies and communicating with the off-site organizers.