LETTER: The Wilmington Farmers Market Needs YOUR Help — Shop, Volunteer, Spread The Word

Dear Community Members of the Town of Wilmington,

It is with great reverence that we – the Board of Directors of the Wilmington Farmers Market – write to you, our wonderful community. The past 18 months has been nothing short of unordinary for all of humanity. For every person, community group, and business, unordinary has meant something different to each. For the vendors and volunteers of the Wilmington Farmer Market it meant trading our magnificently planned 10th anniversary season for a “produce and seafood drive-thru”, and for many of our vendors it meant losing an entire season. It also meant rebuilding a community cornerstone without a shred of confidence that it would find its way back into the hearts and shopping bags of our beloved community members that we strive to serve for 4 months each year for the past 11 years.

We share our story with you not for sympathy or empathy, but rather for action. We share our story with you because we need our community support now more than ever, so that we may continue to grow as a Wilmington cornerstone long into the future. Our organization’s mission goes far beyond providing fresh local produce to our community. It reaches into the sphere of education – in particular sustainability and healthy living – through partnerships with other local organizations. The final piece of our mission is to provide a self-sustaining social experience and to foster a sense of community in our Town.

As we move into the second half of this market season, we want the community to know that we are committed to our mission both now and into the future. To fulfill this broad mission we need more than just our wonderful vendors that you know and love to show up week after week with their fruits, vegetables, fish, breads, sweet treats, candles, accessories and wine (did you know we sell wine now?!). We need more than our board of seven volunteers to put time and energy into planning, sharing, and executing the weekly market. We need more than the one or two volunteers that help us on site to set up and break down each week.

This is our appeal to you – the community! We need you to shop at the market each Sunday from 10am – 1pm. We need you to reach out to your friend the musician that might benefit from some grassroots promotion of their upcoming album release by playing for a couple hours on a Sunday morning. We need you to go to your boss and share the opportunity of being a partner of the market through financial support. We need you to send us referrals for vendors, volunteers, community groups, entertainers, and more so that we can continue to grow and bring to you a fun and healthy Farmers Market. At a minimum, we need you to LIKE and SHARE our social media efforts!

Please visit us at www.wilmingtonfarmersmarket.com for more information about the market or go to our social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram to share our posts with your network. To get more involved please contact us as wilmingtonfarmersmarket1@gmail.com with your ideas or referrals.

Thank you for your time and consideration and we look forward to continuing to bring to you the Wilmington Farmers Market every summer on the Swain Green!

Best regards,

Board of Directors

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