In the month of July, as a representative of the market I had the honor of attending community events such the Chamber of Commerce meetings. At these meetings, I had the opportunity to network with local businesses and community members. Connecting with local community business leaders was a great experience. At these meetings, we were given updates as to what is going on within the city which was very helpful to know from my standpoint.
Interning at the Springfield Farmers Market this summer has been an amazing learning experience. On top of the social media marketing I did on Facebook, I was also responsible for event planning. This job consisted of creating flyers, distribution of flyers, writing donation letters, and searching out vendors to book their businesses in our events and so much more.
Onto the Fun:
One of my favorite events that I organized was located at Binder Park Zoo. For the first time, the market became involved in the Kids Funfari event at Binder Park Zoo which included a ‘lemur lap’ race. After the run, the kids walked through the zoo with their parents. We had an information booth where parents could become educated on all that we offer at the market. I wanted our farmers market booth to not only provide good information to the parents but also give the kids something fun to do.
I set up an arts and craft station where the kids created their very own lemur tails. It was a hit! We had kids coming from every direction excited to make lemur tails. My intention was while the kids were busy making their tails at the craft station I would direct the parents over to the Springfield Farmers Market information booth which ended up being a success.
Events from July:
What’s to Come:
Something that I am proud of is that this summer, the Springfield Farmers Market was named one of the top three of Michigan’s best farmers markets by WWMT Channel 3 News. This was so exciting to see all of our hard work paying off so quickly. I look forward to seeing the market flourish and continue bringing the community together. Although this is the end of my internship, I have been asked to help out whenever I can. I will be representing the market at the 11th Annual Car show as well as multiple bridal shows coming up this Fall.
The Springfield Farmers Market is not your average farmers market. Our facility has storefronts where businesses can rent. We also allow our facility and kitchen to be rented all year-long for events such as weddings, birthday parties, reunions, and much more. Therefore, not only was I advertising the farmers market, but I was also promoting the businesses that run their shops out of the market facility. You can learn more about the Springfield Farmers Market if you click here.