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Apr. 8, 2008 at 7:03am

Future 6th Ave. Farmers' Market Seeks Manager

Sixth Ave. is getting a farmers' market? Sweet! But first it needs a manager. Anyone out there looking for a part-time job bringing fresh produce and activity to a great part of Tacoma? Well, this may just be the job for you. Details follow but applications will go under review starting April 16 so get 'em in soon. The Sixth Ave. market is slated, according to this, for July of this year.

The Federation of Tacoma Farmers Markets is seeking a Market Manager to operate its new 6th Avenue Market slated to open in July 2008. This is an exciting opportunity to get involved in a community organizing effort that will lead to a vibrant new market in this thriving business district!

Initial duties will be directed at market development--recruiting and inspiring volunteers, serving as a point of contact for the market, and supporting the effort to secure sponsorships from local business. Once the market is operational, the Market Manager will provide event-day management and serve as a representative and advocate of the market in the local business district and throughout the city.

The part-time position requires:

  • A  proven ability to organize and motivate diverse groups of volunteers or staff.
  • Experience in event planning, marketing, sales or a related field.
  • Excellent office management skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Office suite.
  • Experience making public presentations.Political savvy to deal with the various stakeholders in a market—farmers and other vendors, shoppers, community organizations, Business District, and other farmers markets in the citywide system.

The position will be 25 to 30 hours weekly. Salary is competitive and based on skills and qualifications. Please submit a cover letter and resume by April 18th, 2008 to Richard Hines, President, Tacoma Farmers Market: rich@tacomafarmersmarket.com.

This is good news for Sixth Ave and great news for Tacoma. Having more options for fresh produce and get people out into their neighborhoods makes this new market a welcome addition. Now let's help them get some great people behind the helm!

Link to full job description (PDF) and to Tacoma Farmers' Market

comments [16]  |  posted under farmers' market, sixth ave, tacoma


by michael g on 4/8/2008 @ 8:37am
That is great news! Maybe this one can eventually operate all year, like the Ballard Farmers Market...

by thriceallamerican on 4/8/2008 @ 9:06am
I heard about this a month or two ago, I must have forgotten to mention it. Just excited in my head, I guess...

Anyway, on the details side, yeah, this is totally great news in that the Tacoma Farmers Market organization, in addition to working closely with the existing Proctor market, is hoping to branch out into several neighborhood markets. The bad news associated with this is that part of the onus for this happening falls on the lack of success with the Dome District Farmers Market, which if I understand correctly is being discontinued. So the news isn't all good.

One thing that will have to be closely coordinated is the availability of the actual farmers. Not everybody can have a weekend market, because unfortunately the farming community in Pierce County is relatively small (and shrinking). I believe Orting had some problems last year when they tried to start a weekend farmers market, and no farmers were available. And if you don't have the farmers, you just get a crappy craft fair. Luckily, I think a weekday evening market would be a good fit for Sixth Ave–I hope they are leaning in that direction.

by MsNarcissist on 4/8/2008 @ 9:39am
Yea! I live one block off 6th ave and would absolutely shop a farmers market ... even if it was a weekday. Good excuse to leave my office early too!

by KevinFreitas on 4/8/2008 @ 9:43am
Just got more info attending the Sixth Ave. business district monthly meeting. There's a planning meeting Monday, April 28 7-9pm at the Epworth LeSourd Methodist Church. They're looking for input from local business and volunteers.

The market itself will be a Tuesday affair and the prime spot under consideration is the branch of Pine north of 6th Ave. there in front of E9. The street is wide enough, the spot is central to the district, and there's decent parking nearby.

This is really exciting stuff for the neighborhood. Oh, and the business district just approved $3K to help incubate the effort and match the $3K coming from the City. More support will be needed to reach the $20K goal so local businesses will be approached to help out.

by NSHDscott on 4/8/2008 @ 11:11am
Has a location been chosen, or are there candidates? Sixth Ave. is quite long. It's hard to get too excited about this without knowing where it'll be. I don't imagine they will be shutting down the street a la the Broadway Market as circumnavigating Broadway is a whole lot easier than circumnavigating Sixth.

by Erik on 4/8/2008 @ 11:14am
Given the activity of the area, a 6th Avenue Farmers Market would likely do very well. Very smart, build on existing strengths.

A big issue is going to be selecting the day to do it.

by KevinFreitas on 4/8/2008 @ 11:21am
NSHDscott: Yea, I mentioned above it'll be just off the Ave. in front of E9.

by Steph DeRosa on 4/8/2008 @ 2:29pm
Although the parking along 6th & Pine is going to be horrendous, I believe it will be a more central and attractive area for a market than the Freighthouse Sq. Why is that? I have no idea...

Tuesday days? Or nights? I'm interested to see where this goes. And very excited. I fully support this.

by thriceallamerican on 4/8/2008 @ 2:37pm
Steph, I think it will be a better location because people actually live near Sixth Ave. And since the parking at 6th and Pine is always atrocious, why worry. (I'm the one that should be worrying, I live 2 blocks away and like to park in front of my own house...)

by jenyum on 4/8/2008 @ 2:52pm
Yeah, I'll be able to walk there in less than five minutes! Woot!

by MsNarcissist on 4/8/2008 @ 2:58pm
hmmm... I had not considered the parking situation. While I could walk to 6th and Pine in less than five minutes from my house, it will be kind of a pain having cars parked up and down my block. Or...maybe an opportunity to make some extra cash by parking cars on my front lawn?

by Steph DeRosa on 4/9/2008 @ 8:00am
MsNarcissist - You've hit one of the angles of my parking point:

1.) I, thankfully, do not live in the bowels of 6th Ave. I only say 'thankfully' because of the constant street parking problems.

2.) Yes, the parking will suck - for me - seeing as how I do not live within walking distance of 6th Ave, and must drive and park.

But fortunately I have a close cousin on 8th & Prospect, and I have all of YOU GUYS! Right?




by Steph DeRosa on 4/9/2008 @ 8:02am
And yes, Thrice - I agree with you on the fact that 6th will definately be a better place :)

by izenmania on 4/9/2008 @ 8:28am
A big issue is going to be selecting the day to do it.

I would vote for Sundays, personally. I don't see a weekday market working anywhere but downtown, because downtown has the office buildings to give it an extended lunch rush. 6th primarily draws a crowd when people aren't working.

by thriceallamerican on 4/9/2008 @ 12:18pm
This says they're talking Tuesday afternoons. I really hope that they mean afternoon and evening, because if it's not in the evening, they're going to lose a lot of their potential customers. You know, those of us that live in the neighborhood and go to jobs during the day...

Also from that article, there will be a community meeting for gathering feedback on Monday, April 28th, 7-9pm, at Epworth LeSourd United Methodist at 710 South Anderson.

by thriceallamerican on 4/9/2008 @ 1:15pm
Flyer for the community meeting.

Come one, come all, show them we want this on Sixth! (Also, I've gotten confirmation that the current thinking is that the hours will include a portion of the evening...they're thinking 3-7pm.)


Although I have another home on the web I thought it might be nice to lead by example a bit and put this blog system up to the test myself.

So far, so good... Funny how I build web tools for other people that are far better than the one's I have setup over on KFnet.


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