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Press Release – Douglass Farmers’ Market Seeks Local Vendors

March 20, 2012

From a Fair Food Matters press release….

Douglass Farmers’ Market seeks local food vendors for expanded summer program

The Douglass Farmers’ Market, a program of Fair Food Matters, is now accepting vendor applications for its second summer season.

The market is located at the Douglass Community Center, 1000 West Paterson Street. This summer, the market will be open every Tuesday from 3-6 p.m. from June 5 through August 28. Bridge cards, Double Up Food Bucks, and WIC/Senior Project FRESH are accepted.

The Douglass Farmers’ Market focuses on increasing access to local, healthy, affordable and culturally appropriate produce in the Northside Neighborhood of Kalamazoo. It also creates an enjoyable, educational and safe community event that brings people together.

Sheila Anderson-Knox and Marilyn Hubbard, who operate under the business name “Iboni Rootz,” were vendors at last year’s market, featuring homemade cookies and colored pencil drawings. They will return this year with an expanded fare including fresh vegetables, cut flowers and ready-made cookie mix. They both serve on the market’s planning committee.

“As a vendor at the Douglass Farmers’ Market, I am able to express my Afro-centric artistic style and share my culture with others,” said Anderson-Knox. Hubbard added, “I’m looking forward to selling my homegrown vegetables to earn some extra income this summer, and I’m proud to participate in a market that brings the Northside Neighborhood together.”

The Douglass Farmers’ Market was established in 2011 by Fair Food Matters in partnership with the Douglass Community Association and the Kalamazoo Community Foundation. Over the winter, a planning committee was formed to help develop a community-based plan to expand the market in 2012.

Last year, 16 vendors participated and an estimated 500 customers attended the market’s four event dates. Vendors featured locally grown vegetables and plants, homemade baked goods, sustainably raised meat and eggs, and handmade art and craft items. Several of last year’s vendors have already agreed to return, and the market’s website will list this year’s vendors as they become registered with the manager.

Vendor applications are available for download at Paper copies may be requested by calling Fair Food Matters at (269) 492-1270. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on May 1.

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