the February 26,
2008 Market Committee Meeting
Minutes from Feb. 26 meeting
First, a couple of dates:
* The spring meeting will be
Tues., April 8 at 7 pm at the extension office.
* Our appearance with the
county commissioners will be Mon., March 10 at 11:30 am, upstairs in the west
wing of the courthouse building. ***should we have our next meeting afterwards,
instead of March 11?***
* The bake sale is Saturday,
April 19 at City Market (time? 10:00-2:00?)
I had a great chat with
Fiona King, the illustrator, a couple of days ago. She would like to work with
us, and will email me some images to get the ball rolling in about a week. We
tossed around the amount of $250, and some additional compensation in the form
of crediting her when possible, produce… maybe one of our grants could help
Fiona was cool with the
idea of using the poster image as our logo, but we agreed that that would only
work with the right image, that being one that is simple and would read well
small and in black and white. I’ll know more about that when I see her poster
ideas. If that’s not gonna work, I’ll go ahead with the image that we chose at
the last meeting.
Michele – any news from
Rosie regarding putting the “free sticker” coupon on a flyer for the
Agritourism booth at the Ag Expo? I’ll need to know by Mar. 5 so I can get
flyers to the Expo on the 6th. If no, I’ll just do something catchy
to remind people about Farmers Market.
Laurie will do a
production schedule for the recipe book, Chele is gathering recipes, let’s all
brainstorm on other content we’d like to see in the recipe book.
Looks like the production
of the courthouse building banner will be under $300.00.
Start working on a
“Patrons of the Cortez Farmers Market” idea – initially targeting area
businesses. We may produce an “I support the Cortez Farmers Market” window
Chele handed off some
grant info to Barbara for a matching funds grant. Laurie forwarded an email
from Tom to the committee about another grant opportunity. Barbara, can you
have some action items for us for the next meeting?
Chele is writing the
letter to city council for paying the musicians
We agreed at the last
meeting to do a “seeking musicians” ad and flyer within a month, and maybe get
an article done in the paper.
Regarding the indoor
pre-season market at “Picaya”, we agreed to stay out of helping to organize
With input from the
committee, Laurie will work on ideas for the Farmers Market’s involvement in
the local food awareness fundraising dinner at The Cabins at Bear Creek. The
dinner is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 6.
Laurie is meeting with Tom
and Ashton (the building administrator) on Mar. 14 to see about storage space
for the tent, table, chairs, etc.
We’ll all start compiling
ideas, information for stuff to make the info booth interesting, appealing,
and informative for our shoppers. The booth needs a banner, I think we can
make it. Woohoo!
Kim will keep us posted on
any administrative work that needs to be done in preparing for EBT. She
reminded us of the (approx) $50.00 fee that we’ll owe.
A couple of people from
the Growers Club meeting were interested, but I feel like we need to be more
proactive about getting this together. How about setting a preliminary meeting
date, letting our prospects know about it, running a community events notice
to attract others, and hopefully get between 5-10 volunteers out of it? Can we
each come up with a couple of prospects to invite?
We agreed that the Friends
will be doing the work out of their love for the farmers market, and to show
our appreciation we will run a thank you ad at the end of the season, and
maybe put together produce baskets as gifts.
We hope to have the
Friends committee together by the end of March (yikes!)
By-laws, formalizing rules
Laurie handed off a stack
of paperwork from the Agricultural Law Center and the Durango Farmers Market
to Barbara for her to distill whatever might be helpful in creating our
documents. Kim will research other farmers market’s by-laws so we might have a
model to work from.
We want to be sure to
include: participation in the EBT program is mandatory; permanent vs temporary
space guidelines, period of time that a vendor can be absent before losing
their space. What else?
I think that’s it. Have a