Information Booths & Can/Bottle Collection

During Sundays when the Eastern Ingham Farmers Market (EIFM) operates, “Market Street” is located on the eastern end of the Market and houses the Sowing Growth and the Eastern Ingham Farmers Market booths. The Sowing Growth operates the Gift Shop/Fundraiser booth and the “Bottleground” (returnable bottles and cans) collection center. The Market service booth includes the Information and Banking Center and the Market Manager’s office.

Volunteers are asked to work 2-4 hours (scheduled in 2 hour segments: 10:00 am- 12:00 pm and 12:00 -2pm) for any of the Sundays that the Market is open, rain or shine (unless the Market closes due to a weather emergency). The regular Market season runs from mid-May through mid-October.

Information and Banking Center Volunteers:

  1. Welcome visitors to the Market and offer to add them to our mailing lists.
  2. Track and record a count of Market foot traffic in Market Log Book.
  3. Record information in the Market Log Book: number of vendors, number of customers, weather conditions, names of volunteers, customer questions or concerns about the Market, and number of children served in the Seedlings and Sprouts and POP Club programs.
  4. Log transactions that are made, such as coupon or gift certificate redemptions, debit/credit card/Bridge Card and Double-up Food Bucks transactions.
  5. Offer assistance to anyone needing help in accessing the Market. This may include shopping and/or getting patrons’ purchases to their cars. A wheelchair and hand carts will be available.
  6. Place cash box and Market information in Market Manager’s office.
  7. Other tasks, as needed (e.g. cooking demo support, customer surveys, etc.).

Gift Shop/Fundraising:

  1. Sell Market Swag (hats, aprons, shirts, etc.)
  2. Sell SG Fundraising items such as Cookbook, plants, plant arrangements, etc.
  3. Log sales transactions.
  4. Balance the cash box.

Bottleground (returnable bottles and cans)  Collection Center:

  1. Put signage on collection vehicle,
  2. Assist in greeting customers coming into the Market,
  3. Assist in unloading returnable bottles and cans from customer vehicles,
  4. Sort glass from metal and plastic,
  5. Stack the collection into the pickup truck.
  6. Clean up the area and take signs off truck. Store sign and magnets in the truck.

NOTE: High School students accepted for volunteer positions to earn community service credit will work with the Market Manager and/or the Volunteer Coordinator to obtain documentation required by their high school.

Sign Up to Volunteer Here:

Volunteer Coordinator, Jackie Ellis – 586-876-5764 or