Countryside Farmers’ Market Volunteer Opportunities

Heather Roszczyk, market assistant

Email me today to join our team of wonderful volunteers!

Volunteer Positions for Countryside Farmers’ Market at Howe Meadow

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Volunteer and Chef Brian Doyle shakes things up. Photo by Gary Whipple.

Set-up (6:30am – 8:30am): Early birds only!  We need one or two volunteers to meet us in the meadow at the crack of dawn, help us unload our market van, and set up some tents and booths.  This job is great for those who want to get a jump on their day, or like to run or bike early in the park.  Involves some listing.

Parking (8:45 – 11:45am, or a portion thereof):  Don a stylish orange vest and work with other volunteers to direct traffic, guide customers to empty spaces, and help pedestrians cross the busy lot.  This is a great job for people who don’t like to sit still.  Friendliness is important – you are the very first market representatives to greet our customers!

Tear-down (12:00pm – 1:00pm):  At the end of the market, we can always use a few extra hands to tear down tents and reload the van.  Parking volunteers often stay to help with this, but it’s not a requirement  Again, this involves some lifting.

Special Event (variable):  Every so often we hold special events at the market and need extra help to manage them.  It may be anything from helping children decorate pumpkins to organizing entries in a pie contest.  This is great for people who can only help out once in a while.

Market Photographer (most flexible):  We are always looking for beautiful photos of our market to use in our newsletters and, occasionally, in publication.  If you’ve taken some gorgeous shots, give them to us in .jpg format and we’ll be sure to give you a photo credit whenever we use them!

Demo or Sous Chef (occasional, 8:30am – 11:30am):  We often have food enthusiasts demonstrate their favorite recipes at the market.  Occasionally they ask for a sous chef – someone to help with chopping, distributing samples, etc.  Or, if you are an outgoing, seasoned cook who would be interested in demonstrating an easy recipe or two at the market, let us know that too!

Musician (9:00am – 12:00pm):  Each week we enjoy the sounds of a different volunteer musician.  We welcome all styles of music, provided that it’s appropriate for the location and all ages.

Volunteer Positions for Countryside Farmers’ Market at Highland Square

Children’s Activities (3:30pm-7:00pm): Do you have a good rapport with small people?  Share your local food enthusiasm as you execute planned activities like scavenger hunts, gardening, cooking, and comparative tastings.  Duties may also include set-up/tear-down of children’s tent.  Please note that this position may require a background check.

Demo Chef (occasional, 3:30pm-6:30pm):  We often have food enthusiasts demonstrate their favorite recipes at the market.  If you are an outgoing, seasoned cook who would be interested in demonstrating an easy recipe or two at the market, let us know!  You need not be a trained chef – confident home cooks are welcome.

Set-up  (2:00pm – 4:00pm): Give us a hand unloading our truck and getting the booths set up.  Then, stick around to help the vendors unload as needed.  A lovely way to get to know your growers better!

Tear-down (7:00pm – 8:00pm):  At the end of the market, we and the vendors can always use a few extra hands to tear down our tents and reload our trucks.

Save The Date!

We will be seeking volunteers for the 11th Annual Summer Solstice Wine, Art, & Music Festival at Sarah’s Vineyard.  The festival dates are Friday, June 21 through Sunday, June 23.  Volunteers are needed to sell wine sampling tickets during shifts ranging from 2-3 hours in length.  More details about specific shift times will be sent in late May.
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