Friends of the Market and other volunteers run most of the Saratoga Farmers’ Market’s community outreach. Our current activities and projects include:
Bicycle Benefits Token Incentive Program
Purchase a Bicycle Benefits sticker at the Market Information booth and earn a $2
POP Club for Kids
POP Club will return in the summer of 2018! Get ready for fun, food, and adventures in farming!
The Power of Produce (POP) Club provides a fun opportunity for children ages 5-12 to engage in the local food system through conversations directly with farmers, educational games and demonstrations, and exposure to new fruits and vegetables.
In addition to participating in educational activities, POP Club kids receive a POP Passport allowing them to collect a stamp with each visit. Kids who collect 4 stamps will win a prize! POP Club kids will also receive a $2 POP token with each visit. POP tokens are to be spent on fresh fruits and vegetables at the market to empower children to make healthy shopping decisions.
Community organizations and market volunteers offer free and fun learning activities for children of all ages at each market. Activities range from creating small gardens in eggshells to making gift-wrapping paper with veggie stamps.
Volunteers organize and offer hands-on classes that focus on selecting, preparing and enjoying the foods grown and raised by our local farmers. So far, we have created classes for Skidmore College students and are eager to do more.
Volunteers carry out periodic counts of customers at the market in order to gauge traffic for market staff.
Volunteers collect donations at the end of each market for the Franklin Community Center’s food pantry.
Home Compost Collection:
Volunteers invite market-goers who do not have a means of composting on their own to bring their fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grinds, egg shells and other items to us. Deposit your discards in our big blue compost bins, and they will be taken to a local farm to be composted and turned into new healthy soil.
Volunteers staff the market information tables where they meet and greet customers, answer questions, help process EBT/SNAP transactions, and assist in collecting donations for the market’s musicians.
Volunteers offer information about the Saratoga Farmers’ Market to families at the Saratoga Springs Public Library’s parent-child workshops, Lake Avenue Elementary School parent-teacher events, and at numerous other venues throughout the community.
Volunteers write articles related to the market and provide photographs for media and social media.
Veggie Valet Service:
Need help transporting your market purchases to your car? Market volunteers will help you by placing your purchases in one of our wagons and walking with you to your car. Volunteers also will hold your full bags so that you can continue to shop at the market without lugging a lot of stuff.
Volunteers are on hand to give vendors 15-minute breaks during the market. Volunteers manage stalls, giving vendors an opportunity to use the restroom, get something to eat, and/or do their weekly market shopping.
WIC and Seniors Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) Coupon Redemption
Vendors accepting WIC Vegetables & Fruit checks have a poster at their stalls.
The $4 seasonal coupons of FMNP for WIC recipients and Seniors can be used to purchase fruit and vegetables where indicated.