A Big Thanks to US Representative Vicky Hartzler for assistance with our Customer Appreciation Day.
She was awarded a handmade yak down and merino scarf, an original art work card by Firefly Traditions, thank you notes and a Jam Jar by Ellen Lake. Big Thanks to our felting demonstrator Carolann Parker, awarded notes, crochet cup holder and ceramic wreath. See the Customer Appreciation page for the drawing results.
We had our planning and election of Officers meeting on November 11 2016 Vendors on November 4, and here are the results.
President: Mike Snethen
Vice Pres.: Joanie Meador
Secretary/Treasurer: Ellen Lake
Market Manager: Sherry Warren
Web Master: Don Meador
2017 Calendar : First weekend in May thru last weekend in October
Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. or until produce is gone.
Booth fees remain at $40 for full season, $20 for July 15 thru October (half season) and $7 for day trader and donations are encouraged for market advertising and canopy repairs as booth fees have not changed for over 15 years.
Also at the meeting Mike explained more about the SNAP / EBT program, and it was unanimously passed to try it this year.
Meting was then closed.
Rule clarifications for what is allowed to be sold at market : no re-sale items, no imports, no garage sale type items. Craft items need to be made by that vendor (or family member), produce should be grown by the vendor or family member selling it, baked goods should be homemade by that vendor or family. Foods to follow all health codes by Cass Co Health Dept. Vendors are encouraged to read their rules carefully.
It’s time for us to start looking through the seed catalog and dream of a perfect growing season in 2017.
We are offering for sale many fine handcrafted gifts, edibles and plants at the Cass County Farmer's Market. Come early for the best selections.
Vendors, see rules for US weights and measures dept. (How to package and label produce)and Cass County health dept ( What canned goods are allowed without a certified kitchen and how to package and label baked goods)
Remember we're the market you can drive up to, honk, and we will hand deliver your purchases without you leaving your car.
Know what else we have at farmer's market? Free information. About plants, seeds, pests etc. Ideas about what plants to plant to feed bees so bees help your garden flourish, ask Maggie. Info on non- GMO seeds, plants, and foods for your health plus varieties of tomatoes with the most lycopene and minerals, ask Joanie. Want info on getting started in the egg business, ask Janice. How does sorghum compare to store syrups, ask Colby. How to grow almost anything, ask Sherry. Collectively we know a lot about growing. Coming soon: okra, tomatoes, peppers, green beans, cucumbers, zucchini, peas, potatoes, sweet onions, garlic.
Some of our regular customers have asked why we don't sell our yummy pickles, salsa, Italian sauces etc anymore.
It is because the Cass County health department has revised it rules this last year (see rules) stating that all Farmer's Markets can not sell canned vegetables of any kind unless they are prepared in a county certified kitchen and have had the pH levels of each batch pretested. This process is quite expensive. Most farmers can't afford this procedure. This ruling is for all of Cass county. If you are buying any home canned vegetable products in the county, it is against the health code unless prepared in a licensed kitchen. Not every market will follow the health department rules. The ruling did not come from any complaints or anyone getting ill. We apologize to our customers expecting these products that they have come to look forward to each year. Follow us at https://www.facebook.com/CassFarmers