Updates from Midtown Farmers Market

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Public Hearing on Plan to Develop Midtown Farmers Market Site
 
Thursday, April 3rd 6:00-8:00 pm at 2225 East Lake Street
Hennepin County is working on a proposal to redevelop the 6.4 acre property at 2225 East Lake Street, currently owned by Minneapolis Public Schools, and the seasonal location of the Midtown Farmers Market. You are invited to learn more about the plan and express questions, suggestions, and concerns at a public hearing on April 3, 6:00pm at the Adult Basic Education Center (2225 East Lake Street).
Your input could help shape the plan, which includes retail offerings, sustainability and urban agriculture, bike/walk connections, plaza design, and more. Based on public input,  Corcoran Neighborhood Organization’s Board will take on official position on the plan.
Childcare, translation for Spanish speakers, and light refreshments will be provided at the meeting.Invite your neighbors and friends to also attend by inviting them on facebook.

Questions? Contact Eric at eric@corcoranneighborhood.org or 612-724-7457.

Read more about development on East Lake Street in recent Star Tribune articles, here and also here.

 

Vendor Application Updates & Reminders 
 
We’d like to extend a huge THANK YOU! to the vendors who have already submitted applications to our office. The first round of vendor acceptance notifications were sent out on Thursday, March 13 and Friday, March 14. It you are a grower or prepared foods vendor still interested in selling at the market, please submit your application at your earliest convenience–applications will now be processed on a rolling basis.
The application deadline for arts and crafts vendors is April 4th. Acceptance for arts and crafts vendors selling during the first half of the market will be sent on April 11th.Vendor applications can be accessed here.

The full application schedule is as follows:

 

March 7: Applications due for all vendors except arts and crafts vendors

March 14:  Acceptance notification

March 29: Annual spring vendor meeting

April 4: Application deadline for arts and craft vendors

April 11: Acceptance and first half schedule notification for art and craft vendors

May 3: Opening day, Saturday market

June 3: Opening Day, Tuesday market

August 9: Final payments due, annual vendors

October 28: Closing Day, Tuesday market

October 25: Closing Day, Saturday market

Spring Vendor Meeting Details

  

Our annual vendor meeting will be held from 9:00-11:00am on Saturday, March 29 at the Corcoran Park Building (3334 20th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407). The meeting will include announcements and a season overview, token and Market Bucks agreement signing, a compost program training that is strongly recommended for all immediately consumable foods vendors and optional for any other vendors who are interested in learning more about the program (details below). The meeting will also include updates on the future of the farmers market site, which will continue to be held at 2225 East Lake Street for the 2014 season, but may be redeveloped in the future. Vendors will have the opportunity to give input on ideal redevelopment of the site and ask questions.

Attendance at the meeting is a requirement for new vendors and optional for returning vendors. Hmong interpretation will be provided. Please contact Miguel by March 17 to let him know 1) If you plan to attend the meeting and 2) If you will be participating in the compost program training so that we can plan accordingly. You can reach Miguel by phone (612-724-7457) or email (manager@midtownfarmersmarket.org).

Midtown Farmers Market Still Accepting 2014 Assistant Manager Applications  

 

Do you love the Midtown Farmers Market? Are you looking for an opportunity to become involved in providing healthy, local food to your neighbors, building community and working with local farmers, chefs, artists and business owners? If so, we’ve got great news for you! The Midtown Farmers Market is currently accepting applications for an Assistant Manager position for the 2014 Market Season. A complete job posting can be found on the Minnesota Council for Nonprofits website or by clicking on the following link: Job Posting- Assistant Manager, Midtown Farmers Market.Please send a cover letter and resume to: manager@midtownfarmersmarket.org. Please submit applications by Friday, March 21st, position open until filled. No calls please.

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Vendor fees typically cover less than half of the market’s operating budget. We rely on the community–neighbors, local businesses, and individuals like you–to provide the rest. If you would like to contribute at the Midtown Farmers Market, stop by the market tent or give a dollar at the carrot sign. Online contributions are another quick, easy, and secure option. Please specify that you would like your donation to go to the market. The Midtown Farmers Market is a project of the Corcoran Neighborhood Organization, 501(c)3 nonprofit.

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