What Does the Market Manager Do?
To assist it in implementing its mission and vision, and carrying out its overall responsibility for operating the Eastern Ingham Farmers Market, the non-profit Sowing Growth engages the services of a Market Manager. Among other duties, the Market Manager secures vendors and music entertainment, and coordinates with Sowing Growth to promote and raise money for the Market. The Market Manager attends all Markets, prepares a weekly vendor site map, oversees volunteers who assist with set-up, operation, and take-down/storage of Market booths, signage, supplies. The Market Manager also administers nutrition assistance programs, and generally engages with vendors, volunteers and customers in a manner supportive of a positive Market experience for all.
Meet our Market Manager
Before moving to Haslett in 2017, Tom Cary had over a decade of combined experience as a farmer, vendor and market manager on the west side of Michigan. He was a founding member and then managed the South East Area Farmers Market for five years, and co-led the Fulton Street Market as it transitioned from a vendor-operated to a nonprofit-operated market.
As co-owner/farmer at Groundswell Community Farm in Zeeland, Tom was a vendor for seven years at the Fulton Street Market, four years at the Holland Farmers Market, and two years at the Grand Haven Market. Besides serving as Market Manager of the Eastern Ingham Farmers Market, he is currently a member of the Steering Committee of the Capital Area Food Council in Lansing.
Most recently, Tom completed his coursework for the Market Manager Certificate, which was issued to him by the Michigan Farmers Market Association on February 15, 2020.
In the end, actually visiting the Eastern Ingham Farmers Market is the only way to know how very special it is. The Market is open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. every Sunday from May 15, 2022 to October 16, 2022 and for two special post-season Holiday Markets on November 20 and December 18. Everyone is welcome! Come and share the Market experience:
Averaging over 20 vendors per week, the Market features a wide variety of locally-grown vegetables, fruits, meats, flowers, locally produced cheeses, breads, other prepared foods, and artisan handcrafted products.
Buying is easy. The Market accepts cash, Market tokens, and food assistance tokens and coupons. No cash or tokens on hand? The Market “BANK” processes credit and debit card purchases of Market tokens, as well as EBT/Bridge Card (SNAP), and Double-up Food Bucks token transactions.
A pre-order pre-pay curb-side pickup system is available for participating vendors. This makes it easier for our customers to access the Market.
The “Seedlings and Sprouts” program offers children’s arts and crafts activities during the Market season.
The “Power of Produce” (POP) Club introduces children ages 4-8 to the Market, its vendors, and the many varieties of fruits and vegetables that ripen and come to Market from May to October. The enrolled children receive special tokens to make their own produce purchases from participating vendors.
Weather permitting, musicians perform in the Market from 10 a.m.-2:00 p.m., including folk, bluegrass, jazz, blues and anything in between!
When musicians are unable to perform, the Market will provide recorded music for your listening pleasure.
The Market is easily accessed. Located at the McCormick Park parking lot at the intersection of Putnam and High Streets, there is ample parking nearby. There are four parking lots within a city block of the Market. Two handicapped parking spaces are available within the Market lot. (Map)
The Market has generous walking and vendor viewing space for patrons within the Market. A wheelchair and carts are available for customers needing assistance for moving about the Market or for carrying purchases.
The spacing of Market vendors accommodates visitors practicing safe-distancing.
Leashed dogs permitted.
The Market is close to retail shops and restaurants in downtown Williamston, as well as antique malls/shops.
The Market is adjacent to McCormick Park, a large grassy municipal park with paved walking paths, a multi-age children’s play area, a volleyball park, restrooms and picnic facilities.
In addition to it volunteer Board of Directors, Sowing Growth needs additional volunteers throughout the year for various projects to support the Market, and at every Sunday Market to assist in smooth Market day operations. Please contact the Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator 517-449-7832 or email the Coordinator at email@example.com (517-774-2020) to join the Market’s volunteer staff.
The Eastern Ingham Farmers Market would like to give special thanks to:
- The City of Williamston for its generous agreement to let the Market use the McCormick Park parking lot and storage facility on Sundays and weeks when the Market is in season.
- Volunteers who assist Sowing Growth with marketing, event planning and fundraising projects to support the Market’s continuing operation.
- Current volunteers who assist with:
- Set-up and tear-down,
- Seedlings and Sprouts booth
- Power of Produce Club (POP)
- Art Booth activities
- Music Booth performances
- Market Street services (bank, information, gift shop)
- “Bottleground” (Returnable bottle and can collection center)
Without these resources and helping hands, the Market would be much less accessible to the community, and it would be more difficult to recreate the Market environment each Sunday.
Again, many thanks!