by Deron Johnston
It looks like the Kemptville Farmers’ Market have found their target. Earlier this spring, the Kemptville Farmers’ Market (KFM) decided, as a Board, to hire a Market Manager for the coming season. A committee was formed, a job description was created, and a posting was made to advertise the position.
After a long search, it appears that the KFM have found their new market manager. The successful candidate is local resident, Dagmar McCord. Dagmar has a distinguished career in horticulture, working both in private industry and with government agencies. She has both operations and management experience to go with her many years of growing.
The new Board appears to be putting more of a focus on activities and events this year, to draw more people to the market itself, and to highlight many of the producers and vendors that make KFM such a unique market to visit and shop. They recently unveiled some of their plans at the Vendor Information Meeting on April 17.
At that meeting, the Board also had the Municipality of North Grenville’s Fire Prevention Officer, Shannon Armitage, in to talk to the group about fire safety. Kim McCann and Josee Lizotte, of the Leeds Grenville Lanark Health Unit, were also invited and made a very informative presentation.
There are some very good signs already for the market, as they’ve already received a number of applications from brand new vendors. Co-founder of the market, Bruce Enloe, also recently joined the board as Community Liaison and will also continue his role scheduling musicians to play at the market each Sunday, just as he did the previous season.
If you simply can’t wait for the season to get started, a number of the market’s vendors will be participating at the Shop Local Showcase this weekend at the North Grenville Municipal Centre. The market runs every Sunday from 12pm to 4pm between May and October in the southwest corner of the B&H parking lot. Keep an eye on the KFM Facebook page for the latest market news and check out the website at www.kemptvillefarmersmarket.ca.
The first market of the upcoming KFM season will take place on May 19, and the preparations are already well under way. With an experienced Board, a new but experienced Market Manager, and lots of new ideas about market activities and events, it would be hard not to be optimistic about this year for the KFM. If you’d like to volunteer to help make KFM an even better place to shop and enjoy an afternoon, email i[email protected].