Spenard Farmer's Market

"That Down-Home Funky Feeling of Belonging!" -AK on the GO
The 2015 Spenard Farmers Market is every Saturday, from May 16th through September 26, under the windmill in Spenard, Alaska at W. 26th and Spenard Road. The market hours are from 9-2.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Dear Friends of Spenard Farmers Market


Dear Friends of Spenard Farmers Market,

 After many meetings, thoughtful dialog and exploring a variety of options, It is with sadness to inform you that we, the board members and volunteers of the Spenard Farmer’s Market, are stepping down this season. After five seasons serving the loyal vendors, customers and community of SFM, the core volunteers are in need of a rest from the market. The decision was obviously not an easy one, as our little idea grew to be one of the best markets in the community, so are very sad to end our efforts.

Our hope is that another passionate and dedicated group of folks will be able to grow the Spenard Farmers Market to a new level, one with growth and new volunteers. We are committed to pass on our knowledge if such an organized group decides to take on the challenge. In the coming days we anticipate a lot of questions and outreach from the community and vendors, which we plan to address via email spenardfarmersmarket@gmail.com.

We understand what the market means to you, so this decision was not easy. We hope you’ve appreciated the countless hours and effort those involved with the mission were able to dedicate to the market, and see this change as one of opportunity for the next level of growth.

Thank you for your commitment and support. The market would not have been possible without you. 'Till our paths cross again.

Very truly best,

SFM Crew



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Friends of the SFM -please understand without the generous contribution of space from Chilkoot Charlie's none of this would have been possible. Our decision was purely man-power related and not 'Koots related -they remain committed to the mission of making fresh, local food accessible to the community. Each year we found ourselves unable to grow the core group of dedicated volunteers beyond the Fantastic 6. A community Market takes a tremendous commitment with the main competition being the beautiful Alaska summers. Volunteers and supporters were able to commit to a Saturday here and there, but for a successful and safe operation it takes a bit more. A new, NON-PROFIT group would need to seriously look at making the commitment of an ENTIRE season, along with: the necessary insurance, port-a-pottie service, equipment maintenance, vehicle management on Saturday's at 5AM, set-up of cones-signs-tables-chairs-tents-trash, take-down of cones-signs-tables-chairs-tents-trash, business licensing-permits, banking, rent collections, SNAP Program management, book keeping & accounting, BOD meetings, vendor management, trash collection, application reviews with jurying and rejections, public and vendor communications, vendor scheduling and placement, weather, safety, parking, sprinkled with a little cultural vibe & LoVe - just to name a few of the things we embraced the last 5 years… 


3 comments:

  1. We at A Crafter's Cottage are very sad there won't be a Spenard Farmers Market anymore. We will miss the many friends we made and the pleasant customers that bought our goods. Thank you, Spenard Farmers Market, we will miss you. :(

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  2. Can you address why you guys did not hire some employees to do some of the work, rather than burning yourselves out?

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