Farmers Market Future

by AVA News Service, October 12, 2017

[Nov 18]

The Boonville Farmers’ Market has been integral to the Anderson Valley community for 26 years providing a weekly venue for local farmers to sell their produce; to buy freshly picked, local food, plant starts, and crafts; and to meet with other community members. Amanda Bontecou has been doing a great job as market manager for the past three years, but retired this year. There are many decisions to be made about the market, not the least of which is finding a new manager. Even with great effort the last few years the number of market vendors and sales have been diminishing. Are more people growing their own food? Are the farm stands providing for people’s needs? Is the timing not the most accessible? What other products would bring in customers? Should the Boonville Farmers” Market continue?

Because the BFM summer market (that actually spans May-October) belongs to the Mendocino County Farmers’ Market Association, official decisions about the Boonville Market need to be made at the MCFARM county-wide December meeting with guidance from the vendors and the AV community. There will be a gathering of BFM customers, vendors, and other interested folks to talk about the Boonville Farmers’ Market’s future on Saturday, November 18th at 3:30 p.m. at the Boonville General Store. Come to provide input on these important community decisions. Questions? Please email avfoodshed@gmail.com.

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