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Buying at the farmer's market is in our genes

One of the most notable things about the market is that it is energizing and lifts spirits. It is sensory heaven in a relaxed atmosphere. When people shop at the farmer’s market, they mention those feelings, and that people shopping and selling seem happy. The community aspect of farmer’s markets is also strong, and an important reason that farmer’s markets are growing across the nation. People seem to want to connect more with other people, something they do not get when shopping at large supermarkets. http://ravallirepublic.com/news/local/article_ef7f17d1-f4dd-53c3-9247-4c8e7f671113.html

 

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NJ Keep It Green Coalition Receives Recognition from NJ Senate

The New Jersey Keep It Green Coalition was honored in the New Jersey Senate on Thursday with a ceremonial resolution recognizing the innovative land preservation work of the 150-member coalition. The resolution co-sponsored by Sen. Kip Bateman (R-16) and Sen. Bob Smith (D-17) cites the “vital role” of the coalition in securing long-term preservation funding by dedicating a portion of the corporate business tax specifically to open space, farmland, and historic preservation. http://www.njkeepitgreen.org/nj_keep_it_green_receives_recognition_from_nj_senate

 

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Farmers Market registration begins

ONE MONTH ONLY! Early registration special for Merchantville's "Market Off Centre". As little as $10 per market. Send details on your handmade, homemade, and/or local products or services and you could be approved for the 2017 season. Offer ends February 28. Call (856) 816-2478 or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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2016 Market Season

 

farmktbag The Merchantville's Farmers Market will kick off its fifth season in June. This community market supports and promotes local farmers, growers and producers of agricultural products and features locally grown fresh produce, baked goods, and packaged foods, weekly entertainment, arts and educational programs, and fun activities for everyone. Please visit our Facebook https://www.facebook.com/marketoffcentre/?ref=settings page join us in helping to promote this market season.

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Clean Communities Grants available

cleanupdayMerchantville Borough is awarding one Clean Communities grant per month. Organizations that are interested will need to complete at least 2 hours of service. You pick a clean up date and the area your group would like to clean. Groups must not have fewer than ten (10) people in the clean up. Your group must have (1) adult for every (5) children. Groups coming to clean up without proper supervision will not be able to participate in the clean up. All groups must sign and return the signature sheet and map. If interested, please complete the application and return to Denise Brouse at Merchantville Borough Hall in the Clerks Office, 1 West Maple Ave. Application

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Opening Day

Our 2015 "Market OFF Centre" is OPEN for BUSINESS today, June 13th, and every Saturday trough October 31st. Three local farms and lots of vendors will be joining us this season to serve you including: JM Ferrucci Nursery LLC, Paradise Farms, Taylor's River Side Farm, Ginkgo Girls, Groovy Bones, August Inspiration Creations, Avallone Tomatoes, Duckies Candles, Tub Time Teas & Scrubs, Fleurs de Lee, Evalilee Jewelry, McFarlan's Market, Wine Arts & More, Lori's Little Lovelies, In My Grandmother's Kitchen, Paver Pals, Puppies on Wheels LLC, The Wood Spoon, Night Owl Soap Company, Mystisk, Laughing Earth Chalk, How Cute Designs, Balic Winery, Yours Exclusively Desserts, Crazy Steve's Pickles and Salsa, Ziegfield Florist, Chain III, Everything Krochet & Kraft, GMO Free NJ, Horticultural Society of South Jersey, Backyard Chickens, Sugar Scrubs, Lisa Marks Designs ...and much more!

Enjoy musical entertainment while you shop courtesy of these bands and singers: The Merchant Villains, Laura Dishong,Tom Guggino, Mat Eiland, Marco Dolente, Corner Stone Ensemble, John Rossi and Jesse Molina. Weekly fun kicks off today with "Bicycle Day" and includes: Fathers Day on 6/20, Health Day on 6/27, Seedling/Plant exchange on 7/4, Open Drum Circle on 7/11, Food Pantry Donation on 7/18, Adopt a Pet on 7/25, Family Dance Party/Dance performance on 8/1, "Meet an Animal" on 8/1, Karate Demonstration on 8/22, Decoutique on 8/29, Pie Baking Contest on 9/5, Yoga Demonstration on 9/12, Ghost Tour on 9/19, Sidewalk Muriel on 9/26, Safety Day on 10/3, Open Drum Circle on 10/10, Chilli Cook Out on 10/17, Recycle Event on 10/24 and Halloween on 10/31.

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A call for Market vendors

marketoffcenter_logo_150x150CALLING 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.

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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!

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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

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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

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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?

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