Market Manager

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.

tomMeet our Market Manager

Since the early 2000’s Tom has been involved in work on local food advocacy, policy and practices. Prior to moving to Haslett from West Michigan in 2017, he was a produce farmer, a vendor at farmers markets, a farmer educator, and a market originator/manager.
In early 2019 Tom was hired to be the Market Manager for the Eastern Ingham Farmers Market and has served in this capacity since then. Tom states, ” I have enjoyed seeing the Market grow, honored by the passion of the Sowing Growth team, impressed by the community’s support and humbled by the customer and vendor dedication to Williamston’s little gem of a Market.”
A thriving local food culture, a robust locally-owned business community, a strong land-based economy and affordable, good food for all are part of Tom‘s vision of a place he wants to live – and farmers markets play an important part.
Tom received his Market Manager Certification through the Michigan Farmers Market Association in February of 2020.