Wow! For the second year in a row the Washington State Farmers Market Association has selected the Chewelah Farmers Market as the Best Small Farmers Market! CFM President Nils Johnson accepted the award at the 2012 WSFMA Annual Conference held February 3rd-5th in Leavenworth, WA. Chewelah Farmers Market Board members Mary Ann Gehman and Shelly Stevens and CFM vendor Meadow Plunkett were also in attendance.
The criteria used in determining this year’s exemplary markets in the small, medium and large catagories was as follows:
1. Market is an integral part of its community and brings together farmers and consumers in innovative ways,
facilitating strong sales for farmers/vendors through creative special events and educational programming that
celebrate & promote fresh, locally grown food.
2. Market is a venue that promotes, supports and advocates for small farms, local, sustainable agriculture and
programs that link consumers of all economic levels in their community with fresh, local food.
Small Market: 5 – 30 vendors per week
Medium Market: 31 – 55 vendors per week
Large Market: 56+ vendors per week
4. Selection process: All nominees will be judged by a committee representing WSFMA partners and stakeholders across Washington State.
Well, we are pretty tickled to be honored again. We couldn’t do it without our fabulous vendors and loyal customers. Here’s to another great year!