Fall has hit the Farmers Markets
The mornings are darker and it’s a little harder to climb out from the warm covers…must be FALL! As is our tradition, the Orange County HomeGrown Orleans Farmers Market will switch to the later start time of 9am beginning October 1.
Information for the 2011 Holiday Market to be held on November 12 at the Orleans Elementary School is now available. If you are interested in being a vendor, you can download an application packet from the Markets tab on our website: http://www.orangecountyhomegrown.org OR email us at: email@example.com and put “Holiday Market” in the title; OR stop by the Host Tent at either market to pick up a printed copy. The deadline to register is October 29.
If you’ve been to the market recently (we hope you have!), you may have noticed the little red barns at each vendor booth. The HomeGrown Farmers Markets are conducting a continuing campaign to develop a stronger financial base to assure the markets go forward for years to come. Shoppers can be a part of this by dropping at least $1.00 a week or their change into one of the little red barns at the vendor booths. There is also an information booth at the HomeGrown Market in Orleans where the details and need for the campaign is fully explained.
Here’s more of what to expect at Orange County HomeGrown Farmers Markets this week:
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September 26 2011
First peaches arrived at our Valley Market on July 12.
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July 19 2011
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Now that we have your attention…yes, the first corn of the season is showing up at the markets, with promises of more to come! Make time to come see us this week!
Orange County HomeGrown Valley Market: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 from 2pm to 6pm
Hwy 56, next to the Indiana Railway Museum, French Lick
COMMUNITY COLLABORATION: Ride the Rails - Shop the Market!! Ride the Indiana Railway Scenic train, show your ticket stub to Laura Gazarian, our Market Manager, and get a coupon to spend at the market! Look for her - she will be looking for you!
Special Event: Fossil Hunt with Annie Nathan. With a focus on local terrain, Annie brings archaeology and geology to life as kids (and adults) sift through sand, find fossils, identify and bag them. Come join in the fun!
Featured Vendor: Janel Portukalian is our featured vendor this week. Janel is one of our younger veteran vendors. Stop by her booth and pick up one of her wonderful cinnamon rolls, a loaf of whole wheat honey bread, or a glass of sweet tea. If you are there when the timer goes off, you get a coupon to spend at the market!
LOOKING AHEAD: Tuesday, July 19 will feature Storytime with Ralph Purkhiser from the Melton Library. Ralph brings stories to life not only with the spoken word, but through music, too. Join us in the shade - we’ll have covered ground seating (or bring a lawn chair) and let your imagination roam freely during this special time.
Get your shopping bags ready - here are a few of the items you can expect to see this week:
From the Farm: Banana peppers, Beets, Berries, Cabbage, Carrots, Corn, Cucumbers, Fresh Herbs, Fresh Lavender, Lettuce and Salad Greens, Onions, Peppers, Red and White Potatoes, Red and Green Tomatoes, Turnips, Zucchini, and Eggs.
From the Kitchen: Zucchini bread, Pumpkin bread, Peanut brittle, Granola Bars, Cinnamon Rolls, Whole Wheat Bread, Caramel Corn, Cookies, Cakes, Dinner Rolls, Dandelion syrup, Shagbark Hickory syrup, Sorghum
Art and Crafts: Hand spun yarn, Cotton dish/wash cloths, Headbands/hair accessories, Aprons, Placemats and coasters, Chain maille creations, Dream Catchers, Plastic Bag Tote-bags, and Wooden swords.
Orange County HomeGrown Orleans Market: Saturday, July 16, 2011 from 8am to noon
Congress Square Park, off Hwy 37, Orleans
COMMUNITY COLLABORATION: Visit and be REWARDED! The Orleans Seasonal Satellite Visitors Center is open every Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Stop by the Center, sign up for your chance to win a French Lick West Baden experience - and get a coupon to spend at the market!
Special Event: Cooking Demo for Kids! Fun, food and facts, what could be better? Bring the kids for a cooking demonstration featuring the 4 Food Groups on Skewers!
Featured Vendor: Tawnya Showalter (Outdoor Expressions) is our featured vendor this week. Tawnya is a talented artist, more famously known for her detailed paintings on turkey feathers! Truly unique, they make a wonderful display piece or special occasion gift. Drop by her booth and see for yourself. If you are there when the timer goes off, you get a coupon to spend at the market.
LOOKING AHEAD: Saturday, July 23 will feature Larry & Cindy Goettel, organ grinders who use a hand crafted Raffin Organ. They charmed us once with this old-world style music and unique hand-crank instrument - and they have graciously agreed to come again.
Bring your shopping list! Here’s a selection of what to expect at the market this week:
From the Farm: Asparagus, Beets, Blackberries, Cabbage, Carrots, Chili Peppers, Corn, Cucumbers, Garlic, Green Beans, Greens, Herbs, Kale, Fresh Lavender, Lettuce, Onions, Peas, Peppers, Potatoes, Radishes, Salad Greens, Spinach, Summer Squash, Tomatoes, Turnips, and Zucchini, Oyster mushrooms, Sunflower heads, Beef and Pork; Fresh Eggs
From the Kitchen: Brownies, Cake, Caramel Corn, Cookies, Scones, Pies, Quick Bread, Yeast Bread and Rolls, Jam & Jelly, Muffins, Noodles, Granola, Tortillas, Peanut Brittle, and Syrups: Blackberry, Maple, Shagbark Hickory and Dandelion
Art and Crafts:, Baskets, Lip balm, Greeting cards, Pottery, Bird feeders and houses, Turned wood bowls, Hand spun yarn, Hand dyed yarn, Knitted and Crocheted items, Tutus, Photographs, Purses, Rugs, Rustic Furniture, Shirts, Scrubs, Soaps, Wood Crochet Hooks and Knitting Needles, Fresh flower arrangements, Gourds, Gourd art and Corn-Hole games.
Entertainment and Education: Jammers start playing music at 9 am; Buck A Book is open from 8am to 12noon, with a fresh selection of books to choose from every week.
Report from last week’s markets:
Valley: July 5, 2011 - post holiday weekend had some effect, but still yielded a good turnout by vendors and guests alike. The hot, sunny day saw 15 vendors set up and ready to greet guests which numbered over 120 from market opening at 2pm through our last official count at 5pm. Additional customers took advantage of the extra hour to come and shop on their way home from work or other events, bringing the actual number to well over 130. Alice Wootton presented a Farm to Fork cooking demonstration featuring fresh produce from the vendors present that day, along with select items from Lost River Market and Deli. Her recipes are available at the Host Tent or visit her blog: http://fromaliceskitchen.blogspot.com/
Orleans: July 9, 2011 - heat and humidity did not deter our vendors or guests! 74 vendors provided a lovely array of selections to over 500 guests, from market opening at 8am through the last official count at 11am. The buzz word of the day was CORN! as the first ears have made their way to the market. Look for more next week, too! Linda Franklin provided a cooking demonstration with a focus on Healthy On-the-Go Snackfoods, featuring fresh berries and yogurt with baked cinnamon topped tortillas.
If you would like to be a part of the markets either as a vendor or a volunteer, please stop by our Host Tent or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or leave us a message on Facebook, and we will connect you with the information.
Acknowledgement: Orange County HomeGrown Farmers Markets are supported by a generous grant from the USDA Farmers Market Nutrition Program, with additional financial support from Visit French Lick-West Baden CVB and other donations by our community partners. For more information how you can become a supporter of OCHG Farmers Markets, please contact us at: email@example.com.
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July 11 2011
» Volunteer Opportunity «
Orange County HomeGrown Farmers Market is looking for Volunteers for our growing Tuesday market.
Three shifts available:
- 1pm to 2:30pm: If you have muscles, we can use your help setting up tents, placing signs, and moving equipment.
- 3:30 to 5:30pm General assistance needed to greet guests, assist with Host Tent activities and special events, help with Buck A Book purchases and book donations. All you need is a smile - no heavy lifting or special skills necessary.
- 5:00 to 6:30pm: A reverse of the first shift - help is needed to take down the tents, load the equipment and retrieve signage. Strong and willing arms are gratefully appreciated.
You can volunteer for one, two or all three shifts!
Volunteering has its rewards! Besides the unflagging gratitude of those you help, you get a front row seat to all special events, you can make new friends with the vendors and guests, and see the market from a whole new perspective while having fun, too.
Our Tuesday market is located on the lawn by the Indiana Railway Museum, along Hwy 56 in French Lick, IN.
If you would like to be a Volunteer, please contact Ali Wilson, Volunteer and Event Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 812-865-6225 or Laura Gazarian, Market Manager, at email@example.com or by phone at 812-653-1047.
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June 27 2011
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Summer Begins on Tuesday, June 21st!
Orange County HomeGrown Valley Market: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 from 2pm to 6pm
SPECIAL PROMOTION: Ride the Rails - Shop the Market!! Ride the Indiana Railway Scenic train, show your ticket stub to Laura Gazarian, our Market Manager, and get a coupon to spend at the market! Look for her - she will be looking for you!
Special Event: Linda Franklin of Lost River Market & Deli (Paoli) will demonstrate how to make tasty and healthy smoothies using fresh fruit. Event starts at 3pm - you won’t want to miss this!
From the Farm: Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Greens, Green onions, Fresh Herbs, Lettuce - assorted varieties, Sugar Snap Peas, Tomatoes (green and red!), Turnips, Eggs, plants and plant starts.
From the Kitchen: Peanut brittle, Granola Bars, Cinnamon Rolls, Whole Wheat Bread, Caramel Corn, Cookies, Cakes, Dinner Rolls, Dandelion syrup, Shagbark Hickory syrup, Maple syrup, Sorghum
Art and Crafts: Hand spun yarn, Cotton dish/wash cloths, Aprons, Table toppers, Placemats and coasters, Chain maille jewelry, and more!
Featured Vendor: Tom and Pam Zehnder of Zehnder Farms. In addition to providing farm fresh eggs to the public at both of our farmers markets and through Lost River Market & Deli, they are also known for their delightful peanut brittle. One free sample will have you hooked on their crispy and light version of this sweet treat.
Orange County HomeGrown Orleans Market: Saturday, June 25, 2011 from 8am to noon
SPECIAL PROMOTION: Visit and be REWARDED! The Orleans Seasonal Satellite Visitors Center is open every Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Stop by the Center on June 13 between 9:30am and 9:45am, sign up for your chance to win a French Lick West Baden experience - and get a coupon to spend at the market!
Special Event: Story Time: Bring the kids, take a seat in the shade and enjoy as Glenda Mahuron of the Paoli Public Library leads Story Time at 10am.
From the Farm: Beets, Blackberries, Black Raspberries, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cucumbers, Eggs, Garlic, Gooseberries, Greens, Herbs, Horseradish, Kale, Lettuce, Onions, Peas, Peppers, Potatoes, Radishes, Rhubarb, Spinach, Salad Greens, Sugar Snap Peas, Spinach, Summer Squash and Zucchini, Tomatoes; Mushrooms (kits, logs and plugs); Beef and Pork
From the Kitchen: Brownies, Cake, Caramels, Caramel Corn, Cookies, Granola Bars, Pies, Quick Bread, Yeast Bread and Rolls, Jam & Jelly, Focaccia Bread, Croutons, Noodles, Granola Bars, Tortillas, Peanut Brittle, Honey, Sorghum and Syrups: Maple, Shagbark Hickory and Dandelion
Art and Crafts: Adirondack chairs, Baskets, Lip balm, Greeting cards, Turned wood bowls, Leather Goods, Knitted and Crocheted items, Photographs, Purses, Rugs, Rustic Furniture, Shirts, Scrubs, Soaps, Wood Crochet Hooks and Knitting Needles
Featured Vendor: Camilia Underwood and Samantha Watson of CNU Photography. These two friends and business partners share their photography and craft skills in sweet and whimsical ways. Darling tutu’s and hair accessories for little girls, unique pop tab bracelets as well as framed one-of-a-kind photos are available at their booth. Stop by and see them in person!
VOLUNTEER/EVENT OPPORTUNITY: If you would like to be a Volunteer or have an idea for a Special Event for either market, please contact Ali Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org
REPORT FROM LAST WEEKS MARKET’S: If you missed the markets last week - you missed a lot!
June 14 Flag Day - was our first Ride the Rails Promotion with the Indiana Railway Museum and French Lick Scenic Tour. With 13 vendors in place, Market Manager, Laura Gazarian greeted guests with special coupons for use at any market this season. Many took advantage of the fresh produce, tasty baked goods and hand crafted items - and sales were brisk to the point that vendors sold out! Early shoppers were able to leave with vine ripened tomatoes (first of the season!) as well as baby carrots, greens, broccoli, green onions, dinner rolls, pineapple upside down cake, and so much more. Pam Hoover of Rooster Run demonstrated her techniques for spinning wool into yarn under the shade of a lovely tree, captivating kids young and old. Jammers joined in later in the afternoon to serenaded shoppers and vendors with old time favorites and some newer standards too. If you play or sing, come join them - every Tuesday at 3pm. The Buck A Book trailer was a hot spot as kids carefully selected their free weekly book while their attending adults selected reading entertainment as well.
The stormy morning of June 18th did not deter our faithful vendors at our Orleans market. Thirty-seven vendors played host to over 150 guests in spite of the weather! Buck A Book continues to be a favorite stop during the shopping experience. The partnership promotion with the Orleans Seasonal Satellite Visitors Center encouraged people to take advantage of the information provided about activities in our area. Produce, baked goods and craft items were in abundance, and shoppers were rewarded with luscious raspberries - both red and black, tomatoes both red and green, potatoes - both white and red, greens, fresh herbs, beets, rolls, pies, focaccia bread, cookies, and so much more. Special Event guests, Larry and Cindy Goettel with their Raffin Organ, entertained with playful melodies as they took turns cranking the organ and keeping rhythm with a tap dancing wooden puppet. Sneak peek: the Goettels will join us again in July!
For more pictures, check out our Facebook page at facebook.com/OrangeCountyHomeGrown
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June 20 2011
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Coming this week to Orange County HomeGrown Farmers Markets!
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Our markets are ramping up after a slow start to the growing season with some unseasonable Southern Indiana weather. Here is what you can expect to see this coming week at our Orange County HomeGrown Farmers Markets:
Valley: for June 14, 2011 Selections this week include:
From the Farm: Beets, Cabbage, Lettuce, Onions, Potatoes (red and white), Green tomatoes, Turnips and Eggs, plants and plant starts,
From the Kitchen: Cake, Cookies, Yeast breads and rolls, Caramel corn, Peanut brittle, Cinnamon rolls, Sweet and soft dinner rolls, Angel food cake, Dandelion syrup, Shagbark Hickory syrup, Maple syrup, Sorghum
Art and Crafts: Hand spun yarn, Miracle salve, Corn necklaces, Jewelry, Tea light holders, Cotton dish/wash cloths, Aprons, Table toppers, Placemats and coasters, Wood benches, Corn Hole game sets, Chain maille jewelry, and more!
Special Event: Pastel Portrait Artist: Charlene Brown, specializing in Children’s Portraits
Featured Vendor: We are lucky to feature two vendors at our Valley market this week.
Martha Emmons is one of the original vendors and faithfully served the Valley market wearing a Volunteer hat as well as a Vendor hat. In addition to her finely crafted sewn items, she also shares produce from her garden. She is also known for her Carmel Corn. The spelling on the word Carmel has a little story behind it - and the corn itself speaks volumes! Stop by and see her on Tuesday.
Darlene Carmickle and Delores Hornocker share a booth space, conveniently located right next to Martha. They offer fine crafted items from beaded bookmarks to jewelry, crochet items to scrubbies. They also offer fresh baked goods - with the selection changing each week, as well as produce from the garden as the season progresses. Watch for hot peppers coming in the next several weeks!
SPECIAL PROMOTION: Ride the Rails - Shop the Market!!
Ride the Indiana Railway Scenic train, show your ticket stub to Laura Gazarian, our Market Manager, and get a coupon to spend at the market! Look for her - she will be looking for you!
Orleans: June 18, 2011 Selections this week include:
From the Farm: Beets, Blackberries, Broccoli, Cabbage, Chard, Cucumbers, Eggs, Garlic, Gooseberries, Green Beans, Herbs, Kale, Lettuce, Onions, Peas, Potatoes, Radishes, Rhubarb, Sorrel, Salad Greens, Sugar Snap Peas, Spinach, Summer Squash and Zucchini, Green Tomatoes; Mushrooms (kits, logs and plugs); Beef and Pork.
From the Kitchen: Brownies, Cake, Cookies, Fudge, Muffins, Pies, Quick Bread, Yeast Bread and Rolls, Strawberry Jam, Gluten Free Cupcakes and Donuts, Noodles, Granola Bars, Tortillas, Peanut Brittle, Sorghum, Syrups: Maple, Shagbark Hickory and Dandelion
Art and Crafts: Baskets, Mushroom Grow Kits, Lip balm, Greeting cards, Turned wood bowls, Bird Feeders and Houses, Fresh Flower arrangements, Leather Goods, Knitted and Crocheted items, Photographs, Purses, Rugs, Rustic Furniture, Shirts, Scrubs, Soaps, Plastic crafts, Wooden Crochet Hooks and Knitting Needles, Tutus, Tye Dye and Wood bowls.
Special Event: Two this week! Cooking demo by Lost River Market & Deli, of Paoli; and Larry & Cindy Goettel, organ grinders who use a hand crafted Raffin Organ.
SPECIAL PROMOTION: Visit and be REWARDED!
The Orleans Seasonal Satellite Visitors Center is open every Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. allowing Farmers Market attendees the opportunity to seek out area information while enjoying our Farmers Market.
Stop by the Center on June 13 between 9:30am and 9:45am, sign up for your chance to win a French Lick West Baden experience - and get a coupon to spend at the market!
Orange County HomeGrown Farmers Markets accept WIC Farmers Market Vouchers and Hoosier Works SNAP Tokens! See the Host Tent for details.
OTHER GREAT FEATURES AT THE MARKETS:
Be sure to stop by to see our BUCK A BOOK where you can browse a great selection of books. (We have thousands!) We welcome the donations of books for the book trailer. All of the money from book sales goes to support Orange County HomeGrown Farmers Market. Buy a book for a buck or trade two books for one book. Kids get a free book every week.
Another great feature of the Market is the addition of the Orange County Recycling Co-op truck/barrels. The Recycling Truck will also take items for their ORange County Recycling Co-op RESALE STORE.
Visit us at the Host Tent at the Valley market and have a free glass of iced tea courtesy of Pauline’s Pastries in West Baden; or stop by on Saturday morning for a free cup of coffee courtesy of our neighbor, Maple Street Restaurant. We also offer free ice water to wet your whistle.
Locations and Times:
Orange County HomeGrown Valley Market: Tuesday, 2pm to 6pm in French Lick next to the Indiana Railway Museum
Orange County HomeGrown Orleans Market: Saturdays, 8am to noon, on the west side of Congress Square Park in Orleans.
Follow us on Facebook and watch for special coupon opportunities as the season progresses! facebook.com/OrangeCountyHomeGrown
SPECIAL COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS: Every Saturday in June, the United Methodist Church in Orleans will be selling hot breakfasts, $2 and $3. Proceeds will support sending kids to camp.
REPORT FROM LAST WEEK’S MARKET:
Valley had 13 vendors set up on a hot, sunny day! Guests came to shop even before the market opened, leaving with smiles and bags of fresh produce. The iced tea, compliments of Pauline’s Pastries, was a frequent stop for both vendors and guests as the temperatures soared. It made for lively conversation and laughter broke out several times. Buck A Book received more donations of fresh reading materials to appeal to readers both just starting out or those who have been reading a while. We even had one guest stop and drop off recycling materials in the Orange County Recycling barrels, then borrowed a guitar and serenaded us with the Jammers in the shade under the music tree. So much fun!
Orleans had 63 vendors set up for the cool and cloudy morning. Sharing the spotlight with the Lotus Dickey HomeTown Reunion brought extra guests to the park. The special event, Stephen Bowman demonstrated making lace by hand.
Our featured vendors, Mathie and Sammie Wright had a steady stream of visitors at their booth, purchasing both produce and locally grown beef and pork. Those are two industrious young men! We welcomed a special visitor, Jane Lommel from Bindford Redevelopment and Growth (BRAG), who spent time with our Host Tent Volunteer, Alice Wootton touring the market at large. Jammers added to the music festivities
while Buck A Book helped guests find selections to take home with them. The Orange County Recycle truck stayed long after the market to accept donations during the Lotus Dickey HomeTown Reunion.
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June 13 2011
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Orange County HomeGrown is thrilled to announce the hiring of an Event and Volunteer Coordinator, Alicia Wilson. For at least the next two years, she will be working along with the Market Master, the Board and current volunteers to coordinate special events at both the Orange County HomeGrown Farmers Market in Orleans and Valley; as well as recruit, guide and encourage new volunteers to assist with the many tasks behind the scenes that keep the Markets running smoothly. She is a self taught organic gardener and has an active interest in nutrition and health as well as sustainable farming practices. Alicia currently lives and works on her family farm, raising a large flock of chickens and sells eggs locally. Her work experiences give her the skill-set needed to grow the volunteer corp. Alice and Jim Wootton, Bob and Debbie Turner (plus many others) will continue to volunteer at the farmers markets as Alicia takes over the tasks of recruiting new volunteers and coordinating events at both markets.
Alicia writes: “My husband and I were raised most of our lives in French Lick and Paoli. We now live in English on his grandfathers farm. We’ve been gardening and learning sustainable practices for 3 years and every year try to further our knowledge of both sustainability and how to improve our ecology. We lived in St. Louis and Cleveland, which gave us easy access to farmers markets and health food stores, both were starting points for us in our understanding of organic food vs conventional, and how important it is to support local. It was wonderful to come back and have the Lost River Market and the Farmers Market as our source for healthy local food. After coming back we felt a sense of community that we had not experienced before. We have met so many educated, caring individuals in the process. I felt inspired to do something for my community and now feel that I will be able to help continue the growth of both markets and hopefully we can inspire young and old to get involved and support local.Our lives now are centered around the farm, our garden, our happy hens, and our community. I look forward to scheduling events with local artists and educators and recruiting volunteers along with supplying healthy eggs and fresh produce at both markets.”
Please leave a welcome message to Alicia on Facebook or here - or you if you’d like to find out more about becoming an event or a volunteer, send your messages to email@example.com.
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April 22 2011
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Want to have fun and make some money too?
This could be the job for you!
Orange County HomeGrown seeks an Event/Volunteer Coordinator for the 2011 and 2012 seasons, and possibly beyond. Responsibilities include scheduling events at two existing farmers markets (Tuesday, Saturday) with a third market to open in 2012 (Thursday), April to mid-November; recruit and maintain a database of potential volunteers and coordinate volunteer efforts at each event; set up/tear down at the Tuesday market (and Saturday market as needed).
Excellent communication skills, including writing, proof reading skills, and speaking.
Able to manage multiple projects and work assignments from a variety of staff and volunteers.
Able to accomplish projects independently.
Excellent interpersonal skills both in person and by phone, with high professionalism.
Self starter, confident, friendly and diplomatic. Good with numbers.
Fantastic customer service ethic and high expectations for quality.
Proficient using the latest versions of Microsoft Word, Excel; email and web searches; Facebook.
Able to lift up to 50 lbs and carry for short distances; able to stand/walk for extended periods of time.
This is as part time (18 hours per week), hourly ($7.50/hr), seasonal position.
Please send a cover letter, resume and three references to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date for resumes: April 5, 2011
Interviews will be conducted on April 7, 2011.
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March 29 2011
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Where will you be on April 9?
To all our registered vendors and potential vendors: General Vendor Meetings are coming up! We’d like everyone to attend. To make it convenient, we’ve scheduled three sessions this year. Choose the one that works best for you:
April 9, 2011 10am to noon at United Methodist Fellowship Hall, Orleans
April 9, 2011 2pm to 4 pm at West Baden Park, Upper Pavilion, West Baden
April 30, 10 am to noon at Friends Meeting House, just north of Paoli Square, Paoli (this meeting will emphasize WIC signups and SNAP training)
If you have any questions, please email us at: email@example.com
See you there!
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March 19 2011
I am looking forward to meeting everyone when the markets open! OCHG-Valley opens May 17! OCHG-Orleans opens May 21!
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March 17 2011
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From a single seed
Back in 2002, a group of 8 vendors met in a parking lot just west of the Paoli court house and planted a seed. A seed of a farmers market.
Like a mighty oak, Orange County HomeGrown has grown sturdy and strong. It now has two branches, a Saturday morning market in Orleans and a Tuesday afternoon market in French Lick. And come next year, with care and planning, another new branch will grow.
Orange County HomeGrown Farmers Markets have provided local growers and producers a place to generate income; a place for individuals and families to gather for fellowship, fun and food; a place to nurture budding musicians as the Jammers serenade the shoppers; and a true sense of community.
Thank you to the women and men who planted a seed. Thank you to those who have steadfastly tended it so that we all can enjoy the fruits of your labors.
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March 16 2011
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