Volunteer

Volunteer Opportunities

The Anacortes Farmers Market continues to evolve and grow each year and our volunteers are an important part of our success.  As a volunteer you develop a special connection to the market and your community. You will make new friends, be surrounded by creative, hardworking folks, appreciative customers and enjoy the beautiful Depot grounds.  We hope you will be inspired to contribute to your market. Individuals as well as community groups are welcome!

Here are some of ways you can help us as a volunteer:

 Saturdays 9-2, May -Oct 

Set –up  7:00-9:00 Saturdays,

  • Set up 12 café tables (and put on table cloths if applicable)
  • Put a table tent on each table
  • Wheel out stacks of chairs and set up around tables
  • Put out 2 road barricades and 2 AFM Welcome signs, handicap parking signs
  • Set up stage – tent, banner, weights
  • Set up information tent(s), tables, water station, weights, etc
  • Set up 3 garbage/recycle stations
  • Set up chairs indoors for workshops if applicable
  • Put bins of merchandise in Info booth

Information Booth 8:45-2:00, one to two hour shifts Saturdays ( 5-6 people)

  • Provide general information (market hours, restrooms, etc )
  • Sell tokens (credit card machine)
  • Sell Merchandise (first shift may set up merch)
  • Assist with occasional surveys and do customer counts

 Take Down 2:00 – 3:30 (2-3 people)

  • Wipe down café tables & collect table tents
  • Stack tables & chairs, store back in shed
  • Collect signs/barricades
  • Collect garbage/recycle stations
  • Bring trash to dumpster
  • Put compost/recycle in bins and wheel to curb
  • Take down stage equip & tent
  • Bring merch bins back to office
  • Take down Info booth, tables & weights

There is so much more to running a market than just market day! Here are some additional ways to help:

Non-market day help

  • Distribute posters, fliers, schedules around town
  • Put up and take down market sandwich boards (adopt a sign)
  • Join a committee! (marketing, events, outreach etc)
  • Additional help during larger/special events
  • Possible building/repairing equipment –handyman duties
  • Or perhaps you see an opportunity to help that we haven’t even thought of !

Notes:

  • Be prepared for all weather! Dress in layers
  • Strong backs preferred for a.m. & p.m. set up. There is a lot of lifting, wheeling and dragging.
  • We are hoping to provide vests and/or aprons for volunteers to provide visibility and recognition.