Spring is just around the corner and we are making preparations for this year’s Farmers Market. A pre-season meeting will be held on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the Odell Library, 307 S. Madison Street, Morrison, IL.
Mary Nelson, Ag/Natural Resources Program Coordinator for the University of Illinois Extension, will discuss Food Safety on the Farm Program and the Ready…Set…Grow Garden Symposium. Karen Real, Food Service Sanitation Certified Instructor, will discuss recent changes to Illinois certification. There will also be information on labeling, sanitation, marketing, display tips, and the Morrison Community Garden. Refreshments will be served.
Full-time vendors who have had spaces at the market in 2013 are encouraged to attend, as they will be able to lock in the same locations and share their thoughts and ideas for this year’s market. New vendors will be able to reserve a location and to learn more about the market. I’ve attached a vendor packet to this email. Please read over the application and the rules and regulations, as the market committee has made some minor changes, ensuring that the market continues to run efficiently for everyone.
Because of the success of last year, we will start the market up again in May—May 24 and will end the last weekend in September—September 27. We found that there was too much competition in October with other festivals. An evening market is planned for Wednesday, July 30, 2014 in downtown Morrison.
The Market Committee thanks you–the market vendors for making the Morrison Farmers’ Market such a success, and hope you will join us for another great season!