#TBT My last day as market manager
October 2012 — My last day as the McMinnville Farmers Market Manager: ringing the closing bell (right) & also a special surprise bike ride through the market to send me off in style (below).
I co-founded the market and served as its manager from 2000-2012. In that time, I worked with hundreds of talented, hard-working vendors from all over the county and region. I also got to know many of our regular customers, people who delighted in their Thursday afternoon outing to downtown McMinnville.
In 2003, I formed an ongoing relationship between the market vendors and YCAP by organizing a system for weekly pick-ups of leftover produce, bread, and other food items. The generous vendors donated HUNDREDS of pounds of food to the YCAP food bank every.single.WEEK of the market season. One season’s donations totaled 15,000 pounds! And the relationship with YCAP continues to this day.
After over a decade of joyful work with the market, I decided to move on to dedicate more of my time to my work as an elected official (Soil Water Conservation District director and chair) as well as on appointed statewide boards (Board of Agriculture and more).
But the market is always with me, in the lessons I learned from years of navigating challenges, creating a thriving economic community hub, and promoting local agriculture.