Job Description – Market Promotional Events Coordinator

Job Description:  Field to Table (FTT) is looking for an individual to work with several of our Farmers Markets to develop, plan and manage promotional events / activities.   Promotional events would be carried out at the market location and may be associated with the time of year (i.e. spring strawberry festival, July 4th holiday, etc.), educational in nature (i.e. health awareness, farming, etc.), or be focused on particular demographic groups (i.e. children, Federal Employees, etc.).  

The individual would be expected to meet with the market managers to develop a plan of events for the season and work to implement the event plan by coordinating with the market manager and outside organizations.  Work would include, but is not limited to:

  • Develop a schedule of events for the year
  • Contact and coordinate with third parties related to the event as needed
  • Work with the specific market managers and community volunteers regarding space, timing, and other logistics
  • Provide on-site, day-of-event support as needed
  • Provide feedback / lessons learned after the conclusion of the event

The ideal candidate would have prior work (volunteer or paid) organizing group activities / promotional events. 

Location of Work / Level of Effort:  Position would be considered a part time consultant.   The planning and development of promotional activities can be done anywhere and working hours would be flexible.   The events would take place at the market location, on Saturday or Sunday morning (dependent on the market).   Workload in 2019 would involve 12 – 15 events over the course of six months (May through October) with the assumption that the level of effort for each event would be roughly 8 – 10 hours. 

Pay:   $20 – 25 / hour depending on experience

About Field to Table (FTT):  FTT is an Arlington-based, non-profit organization dedicated to building communities throughout Northern Virginia through the encouragement of healthy eating. The organization is part of the nationwide “locavore” movement, which encourages people to reestablish their relationship with the land and purchase from local farmers and food preparers. The emphasis is on nutrition, taste, quality and freshness in what we buy, not on the misguided values of mass production, long shelf life, and long-distance transportation that drive so much of what is sold as food in the United States. FTT table currently manages four different Farmers Markets, Westover Farmers Market – the organization’s original market, Fairlington Farmers Market in South Arlington, the Marymount Farmers Market on the main campus of Marymount University, and the Lubber Run Market at Barrett Elementary School.

Contact:  Ted Stump, theodore.m.stump@gmail.com or 571-213-6847

WFM Closed for Easter

The Westover Farmers Market will not take place on Sunday, March 27. We wish all a very happy Easter. And for those looking for some entertainment, on Saturday March 26 the annual Westover Easter Egg Hunt and associated festivities will take place behind the Reed School at 10:30 am. Guaranteed fun for the whole family. See you back at the market next on April 3.

Farmers Market Friday: Leek and Potato Ravioli

A Westover Farmers Market seasonal recipe from International Palate:

There are some cooking ventures that are scarier than others. For some people, making pasta is something they would never try and leave the job to the professionals. Others may want to take on the challenge and try to make it themselves. But by the end of this recipe, you will see that making raviolis is not as hard as it may see. With the right ingredients, you can go far! Continue Reading

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Farmers Market Friday: Leek Risotto

A new seasonal farmers market recipe from International Palate:

We all know that strange feeling when you realize that something you thought occurred a few weeks ago actually occurred a few months ago! The feeling presents itself more so as a shock…a shock of how quickly time goes by. Well, it’s 2016 and I’ve been waiting to share this recipe since May 2015…8 months ago. This recipe has been sitting on the back burner for quite some time now, only because it still feels like I made this recipe a week or so ago. But now, it’s finally time to share this recipe…before I forget about it again for another 12 months. Continue Reading.

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Market open this Sunday 1/31

The Westover Farmers Market will be open this Sunday during usual winter hours, 9 – 1.  Vendors will be back with their seasonal fruits and vegetables and with wonderful baked goods and other locally prepared foods.  Come to the market to see where all of last Sunday’s snow has been placed!  A monumental effort by local market volunteers to get the market reopened.

New Vendor: Whitmore Farm

Whitmore Farm http://www.whitmorefarm.com/ joins the Westover Farmers Market beginning this Sunday.  Whitmore Farm raises pastured pork, eggs, and seasonal grass-fed lamb. The farm also raises a small amount of seasonal vegetables, cut flowers and starter plants. The farm is located in Frederick County, Maryland, outside the town of Emmitsburg off of U.S. Highway 15. The pigs and poultry are heirloom breeds humanely raised that yield pork, sausage, and eggs different from those found in most stores.  Whitmore Farm will be located in stall spot # 31 at the north end of the market.  Please give them a warm welcome!

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New vendors: pie and soap.

In case your dessert habit is feeling a bit underfed these days, perhaps you might ponder Livin’ the Pie Life.  Yes, that’s right: hand-made pies, local in Arlington, now at WFM.  You know you want some. Look for them up on the plaza in front of the library.

And don’t you want to smell nice when you’re at the market kibitzing with neighbors?  Felicity’s hand-crafted soaps has just the thing for you, in all manner of skin-friendly, nice-smelling options.  Also look for them up on the plaza.

See you at the market!