Nalani James at 2022 Farmers Mkt

Farmer’s Market Manager

Sought by Sitka Local Foods Network

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The Sitka Local Foods Network needs a new manager for the 2023 Sitka Farmers Market. This person will be in charge of running the seven markets we have planned in 2023, plus coordinate the SLFN farm stand at the markets.  This is a seasonal contract position:  the manager receives $4,000 from May through September ($800 per month for five months).

Applications are now Due by Wednesday, Feb. 8th

We’ve been lucky to have the same market manager, Nalani James, for the past three summers. But her life is getting too busy – with two business ventures and a family store – for her to keep running the markets.

2023 will be the 16th year for the Farmers Market, which has 6-8 markets during from July – September. Dates for 2023 haven’t been confirmed yet, but markets usually run from 10am to 1pm on selected Saturdays at the ANB Founder’s Hall. The Sitka Farmers Market is a fundraiser for the Sitka Local Foods Network.

In recent years we made some changes to the market, and those have helped it grow into one of the top markets in the state. We have an experienced assistant manager, who will help ease the load for the manager by doing most of the administrative work while the market manager handles the actual markets. The manager needs to be able to commit to being available for all of the markets this summer. In addition, the market manager needs access to a vehicle with a trailer hitch and to the internet.

The manager’s main duties include recruiting and organizing the vendors for each market, hiring musicians and other entertainment, setting up and taking down the market tents and tables, managing the Sitka Local Foods Network farm stand, recruiting volunteers to help sell produce at the farm stand, helping the assistant manager make deposits and keep track of WIC/SNAP benefit matches, etc. A detailed description of the market manager duties can be found at this link.

Applications should include a cover letter, resumé and three recommendations, and they are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 16. For more information or to submit applications, contact Charles Bingham at (907) 623-7660, or email the SLFN Board at sitkalocalfoodsnetwork@gmail.com (put “Sitka Farmers Market Manager” in the subject line).