By Jana Jones

The Johnson County Farmers Market is pleased to announce our “Friends of the Market” launch for 2018. JCFM is a 501c3 non-profit organization and is dependent on grants and fund raisers to continue to operate. Since our inception in 2009 the local community has rallied around the JCFM to help us succeed in our mission to strengthen a sustainable local agricultural and food economy. We do this by providing education, engaging in community and economic development, promoting the availability and benefits of local food and agriculture, and preparing and serving local foods during our annual “Harvest Dinner” offered to the community. We are excited to offer our “Fresh is Best” T-shirts that were printed by The Final Touch in Mountain City. We have several beautiful colors and sizes to offer including children’s sizes. This is one way to support your local Farmers Market.

Another way to show your support is to become a member of the “Friends of the Market” by joining at one of the three levels offered this year.

GROWER – For a gift of $25 receive a “Fresh is Best” logo car decal and a shopping bag also with the “Fresh is Best” logo.

HOMESTEADER – For a gift of $50 receive a “Fresh is Best” T-shirts of your choice of color, a car decal and shopping bag with the “Fresh is Best” logo.

RANCHER – For a gift of $100 receive a ticket to our Community Harvest Dinner to be held August 18th with special recognition at our FOM table OR 2 “Fresh is Best” T-shirts, car decals and shopping bags.

No matter what level you join at, all of the Market Friends will enjoy special email notices of upcoming Farmers Market events, special recipes sent to no other group (including the prize winning recipes from our annual berry baking contest!) and special recognition on a sign at the market manager’s table. You will also receive a non-profit status receipt to use as a tax right off.
To support your local farmers market in any of the above ways, just come by the Market Manager’s table any Saturday morning, or email JohnsonCountyFM@gmail.com if you are unable to come by in person. We greatly appreciate those partnering with us to achieve our goal of having a fair, equal, and sustainable economy in Johnson County by building self-sufficiency and encouraging community engagement and economic development.

The Johnson County Farmers Market is located in Ralph Stout Park near the playground parking area. Open every Saturday from 9 til noon from May through October. Follow us on Facebook to keep abreast of new items offered each week. Or visit us online at JohnsonCountyFM.org. We welcome all to come enjoy live music, kids’ activities, sample recipes and all of the great items offered by our terrific farmers and vendors at every market because . . . FRESH IS BEST!