Downtown Farmers Market Approved

DFMLogoAt the Wednesday night Council meeting, the City Council awarded a three-year contract to operate a Farmers Market at the well-known 4th & W. Main location to the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation. The market will be known as the Downtown Farmers Market, and will run from the first weekend in May through the last weekend in October, Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 1pm.

We are still searching for the perfect Market Manager: a blend of brilliant organizational skills, charming and cheerful personality, and relationship skills that would put a diplomat to shame. This is a full-time, year-round position – please let us know if you’re interested! Send a resume to elio@downtownwallawalla.com.

A Start-Up Committee has been meeting regularly in preparation for the season, preparing market rules & vendor applications and determining the details of market operation. The committee is made up of 4 former members of the Walla Walla Valley Farmers Market Association, and 8 current market vendors who are new to the organization process.

A prospective vendor information meeting was held last Thursday at St. Patrick’s Church. Over 70 prospective vendors attended and took advantage of the opportunity to ask questions of the Start-Up Committee.

A second vendor meeting will take place on Thursday, March 14, 6pm at the new Columbia REA headquarters, 2929 Melrose Street. Materials including Market Rules, the Vendor Guide, and a Vendor Application will be handed out, and questions from potential vendors will be welcome.

17 years ago, The Downtown Foundation started this Farmers Market because we believed that promoting individual farmers and artisans in a public market would add great value to our community. This has proven true year after year, and we are delighted to be involved once again.