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Merchantville's "Market OFF Center" has BIG news

marketoffcenter_logo_300x300BIG NEWS and BIG CHANGES - our 2015 market will run WEEKLY on Saturdays from 10:00 AM until 2:00 p.m. from June 13th thru October 31st. We'll get to show our LOVE for LOCAL every weekend at Merchantville's  "Market Off Centre". In addition to going weekly, the market is MOVING across Centre Street right next to The Station Coffee! Our Market philosophy CONTINUES - to provide an active and entertaining family oriented atmosphere offering a variety of local, handmade, and homemade goods and services with a focus on sustainably farmed and organic options.

 

CALLING ALL VENDORS - The 2015 market vendor fee is $15.00 per space, per week. Vendors are encouraged to pay for a full 21 market season in advance, in one lump sum of $250, which results in over four free markets. Vendors also have the option, if they are not able to participate every week, to purchase a partial market season. ANY QUESTIONS? Just call 856-662-2474 ext. 357, email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or message us on Facebook.

 

SPREAD THE WORD - If you have a friend, relative, neighbor or co-worker who would be a great fit for the 2015 Market let us know. We are looking for a variety of goods, foods, artists. All applicants must submit a preliminary application with product photos by email or website and be approved prior to registration and payment.

2015 Market Rules & Application

 

CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS - We welcome your input, collaboration and most importantly, YOUR HELP, to help make 2015 our most successful market yet. Just two hours of your time will fill lots of market needs! OUR NEXT MEETING - Monday, March 30, 7:30 p.m. at The Station - See YOU there!

Preservation funding at risk

A bill being considered by state lawmakers would implement the 2014 constitutional dedication of corporate business tax revenues for environmental purposes, including grants for historic preservation. However, as it reads, the measure proposes that 97 percent of dedicated revenue would be used for land acquisition, public recreation and conservation, Blue Acres and farmland preservation. That would only leave 3 percent for historic preservation. http://bit.ly/1xHKP2s

Market Vendor Rules and Application

Merchantville's "Market OFF Centre" is seeking vendors from the region for 2015 that provide locally grown, handmade, or homemade products. We're recruiting all over but, the best recruitment comes from someone you know. Please reach out and encourage participation. 2015 Market Rules & Application

Market Minutes 3.2.2015

MERCHANTVILLE FARMERS MARKET MINUTES

Introductory Planning Meeting March 2, 2015 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

 

1. Reviewed previous meeting discussion points and decisions.

 

2. Roles:

Chair/Market Coordinator – Ryan Middleton - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Social Media Guru – Carrie Rupnow-Kidd - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Communications/Email Holder - Joan Brennan - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Music Coordinator - Nicole Island - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Local Business Liaison – Katherine Swann - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Events & Borough Public Liaison - Andrew McLoone - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Special Activity Coordination Committee –Kerry Mentzer (Lead) - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Nicole Eiland - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Katherine Swann - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Mona Wilson - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Document Review Committee – Lisa Marks - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Kerry Mentzer - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Applicant Review Committee – Pearson Barlow - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Judith Ward - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

3. All to assist with vendor recruitment update group on outreach efforts. Look at Crafter’s Guides and Coop Kitchens.

 

4. All feel free to put Market info out but please update group of any Market related website or event calendar posts.

 

5. New lead on Market Special Activities – Kerry Mentzer volunteered as lead with assistance from Nicole, Katherine, and Mona

 

6. Market Philosophy approved: To provide an active and entertaining family oriented atmosphere offering a variety of local, handmade, and homemade goods and services with a focus on sustainably farmed and organic options.

 

7. Branding – selected new logo8. Promotion ideas – discuss in more detail at next meeting to hit April deadlines –preliminary ideas are Social Media, Natural South Jersey Awakenings, City Paper, Observer,All Around Penn, Weekend in Inquirer, hit schools before summer, Camden Catholic playbill.

 

9. Agreed to give free market week for vendor referrals resulting in partial or full registration10. Vendor suggestions – farm contacts – honey, eggs, meats, berries, cooking oils, etc.

 

11. Brewery may not be allowed. Andy is researching.

 

12. Discuss banners and flyers at next meeting.

 

13. Vendor locations – decided to designate spots for pre-paid vendors and others on a weeklybasis. Ryan will create map and send ahead for vendor locations.

 

14. Andy will request funds through Taskforce

 

15. Katherine will coordinate local businesses to attend two or three markets for free. Twobusinesses allowed per week a max of three markets before paying. Can sell if they like.Will have a designated local business spot at the market.

 

16. Nicole will coordinate music and pay will remain $40 per 2 hour block.

 

17. Will use volunteers each week, one for morning and one for afternoon, with a lead coordinator onsite – usually Ryan but others as needed. Do more outreach for volunteers.

 

18. Updates on To Do List:

a. Ryan will send final rules and application with added request for merchandisephotos.

b. Ryan will draft Nonprofit Vendor Rules & Application for Review

c. Ryan will have suggested changes made to logo and also have more simple versioncreated for Facebook. Also start creating some ad size promotions with the logo andmarket details for review at next meeting.

d. Everyone reach out to at least two vendors each. Update group on efforts.

e. Andy will prepare Borough application (with location, crossing guard, dates, etc.)and make request of $500 from Taskforce. Also research rules for brewery vendor.

 

19. Next Meeting: March 30, 7:30pm at The Station?

2015 Farmers Market planning meeting tonight

FMLogo250Join us this evening, Monday, February 16th at 7:30pm for our first planning meeting of the 2015 Merchantville Farmers Market season! With your input and help, this is sure to be our most successful year yet! Join us at Merchantville's newest arts and eats hub, The Station Coffee (located in the former Merchantville train station building - on Centre Street directly across from the gazebo). Hooray for all things LOCAL!

 

Some discussion topics will include: Location, parking and space, frequency, day of the week, schedule and times, partnership with Maple Shade, rebranding to "Market on Centre", vendors, farmer focus - organic or Jersey Fresh, rates, entertainment, promotion, safety and staffing.

CALLING ALL FARMERS MARKET FRIENDS!

farmktlogoIt's almost February, and do you know what that means? Time to start planning our 2015 Merchantville Farmers Market! We'd LOVE to have you join us in planning this year's market! First meeting is MONDAY, Feb. 16th at 7:30pm at Merchantville's newest (and not yet open!) arts and eats hub, The Station Coffee (located in the former Merchantville train station building - on Centre Street directly across from the gazebo). Please spread the word, mark your calendar, and JOIN US in helping make your 2015 market a success!

Great food and crafts at today's market

FMLogo250Merchantville's Farmers Market returns today, Saturday, August 16th from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM. This week features: sustainable agriculture and heirloom vegetables from  Taylors Riverside Homestead Farm ; Paradise Farm/Katt's Green Grocer produce, McFarlan's Market featuring drinks, breads, coffee, tea; the ancient art of homemade pasta is as easy to learn as it is to enjoy from Jolynn Deloach In My Grandmother's Kitchen  My Crafty lil Coven featuring Wire wrapped gemstones, rings, necklaces, dried flowers; dog treats from Groovey Bones; canned "Jersey Fresh" tomatoes from Avallone Tomatoes; Michelle Tomlinson with Alden Cafe's delicious potato salad;  Lori's Little LoveliesJoe Gentile Hot DogsDuckies Candles;  American Karate System; sweet treats from Yours Exclusively Desserts; vintage jewelry by Lisa Marks Designs; soaps from Soaps and Decor; Mary's Mobile Diner  offering breakfast and lunch fare; Edna & Friends wood crafts; and, Hart's Dod Cart with hotdogs and organic food options. The music starts at 9:00 a.m. with Dennis Palma followed by Stephanie Middleton at 11AM!

 

The Farmers Market is located along a beautiful, tree-lined greenway in the heart of our downtown at Centre Street and chestnut Avenue. The season runs thru October 19th and will take place from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM on the FIRST, THIRD & FIFTH Saturday of each month. The Market operates rain or shine.

Farmers Market returns this week

Merchantville's Farmers Market returns for this weekend on Saturday, July 19th from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM. This week features: sustainable agriculture and heirloom vegetables from  Taylors Riverside Homestead FarmParadise Farm/Katt's Green Grocer produce, McFarlan's Market featuring drinks, breads, coffee, tea; the ancient art of homemade pasta is as easy to learn as it is to enjoy from Jolynn Deloach In My Grandmother's Kitchen Zeigfield's fresh cut flowers; Ginko Girls are back with yarn clothes and crafts; Michelle Tomlinson with Alden Cafe's delicious potato salad;  Lori's Little LoveliesJoe Gentile Hot DogsDuckies Candles;  American Karate System; vintage jewelry by Lisa Marks Designs; soap, salves and scrubs from Soaps and Decor; painted brick Paver Pals by Bob Mueller; Edna & Friends wood crafts; Sakri Health & Beauty Aids. The music starts at 9:00 a.m. with Stephanie Middleton followed by Tom Jenkins at 11AM!

The Farmers Market is located along a beautiful, tree-lined greenway in the heart of our downtown at Centre Street and chestnut Avenue. The season runs thru October 19th and will take place from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM on the FIRST, THIRD & FIFTH Saturday of each month. The Market operates rain or shine.

Vendors needed

Become a market vendor for 2014 today! The Merchantville Farmers Market is a community market supporting and promoting local farmers, growers and producers of agricultural products. Our focus is on organic and sustainable foods and goods. We welcome applicants that wish to sell fruit, vegetables, herbs, baked goods, prepared foods, dairy products, meat, eggs, plants, cut flowers and other agricultural products. We are also looking for fiber artists, hand crafters and musicians! Our Farmers Market is located along a beautiful, tree-lined greenway in the heart of our downtown. The season runs from June 7th thru October 18th and will take place from 8:00 AM until 1:00 PM every other Saturday of each month. The Market operates rain or shine and vendor space is $15 per week. To apply for a vendor space please email farmersmarket@merchantvillenj.gov

Water protection grant received

The New Jersey Conservation Foundation has received $715,000 in grants to protect water resources in the Pine Barrens, the Delaware Bay watershed and the Highlands. The grants represent the first phase of a $35 million, multi-year initiative by the Philadelphia-based William Penn Foundation to protect and restore drinking water for 15 million people in the Delaware River watershed. The watershed covers more than 13,500 square miles and spans New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware. In South Jersey, the aim is to further protect the Kirkwood-Cohansey aquifer, a vast underground reservoir providing more than 35 billion gallons of clean water annually to residents, farmers, businesses and industry.

Tree seedlings

Super Storm Sandy destroyed many trees in Merchantville. Also, many of our trees are mature, and some die every year. New Jersey Forestry together with other organizations is sponsoring the NJ Tree Recovery Campaign. Through this program Merchantville will receive FREE tree seedlings for distribution to residents for planting on their own property. Residents can get up to 5 seedlings at Borough Hall during regular office hours from April 1 through April 18.

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