Yelm Farmers Market 2019: Kids’ Activities, Great Food and More Vendors than Ever

pop kids clubOpening Day is right around the corner and the 2019 Yelm Farmers Market is shaping up to be the biggest yet. Over 30 vendors will be on hand on May 25th when the season kicks off at the Yelm Community Center.

“It’s looking like it’s going to be the best season we’ve ever had,” says Manager Jon Jamieson. “We’ll have more vendors, more kids activities and  great opportunities for the community to come together to enjoy locally-made products in our freshly renovated Yelm City Park.”

Kids activities will be a focus this year thanks to newly hired Power of Produce Manager Kayla Blanch. Participants in the free program for ages 5-12  get $2 in market tokens each week they attend to spend on fruit, vegetables, or a plant that grows food. “I’m excited to get kids involved in making healthy choices and supporting their local community,“ says Blanch.

Another new development: collaborations with local non-profits and community groups. In exchange for free booth space at one or more of our markets, groups will bring fun activities for kids and have an opportunity to highlight their organizations. Thus far, those include: Binky Bunny Tales Rescue, Yelm Habitat for Humanity, the Port of Olympia, Puget Sound Energy, South Sound Seed Stewards, the Nisqually River Council, Standing Room Only, and GRuB.

“We’re happy to provide a chance for these groups to get the word out and they help us by bringing activities that engage kids,” says Heidi Smith, a board member of Bounty for Families, the non-profit organization that oversees the market.

Both new and returning vendors will offer fresh produce, artisan crafts, hot food and more. This season Yelm’s popular Masonry Cafe will be serving up hot meals in the kitchen and on opening day Steele Barrel Barbecue and The Cattleman restaurant will also have lunches for sale.

A new Splash Park in the City Park will be an added attractions for families, Jamieson notes. “We’re looking forward to it.”

See you at the market!

 

 

 

Gift of Gobble 2018 Now Accepting Nominations and Donations

It’s that time again – Gift of Gobble time.

Every year, Bounty for Families (formerly the Yelm Cooperative) feeds 100 local families at Thanksgiving through community support.

The families represent an authentic cross-section of Yelm: 25 are from JBLM, 27 are from 9 local churches, 6 are from two school districts – Yelm and Rainier – and the remainder are individuals nominated by the community.

Through this unique program dreamt up nine years ago by one local woman, those who may be struggling this holiday season but don’t qualify for social services can maintain their privacy and dignity.

They simply pick up all the fixings for a Thanksgiving feast, including a turkey, potatoes, vegetables, and even pumpkin pie fillings on the Monday before Thanksgiving.  Anyone can nominate a family by filling out a form at the Yelm Food Co-op or Nominate a family online and one of our volunteers will contact them and provide details of where and when.

Gift of Gobble relies entirely on community support.  All donations are tax deductible and go directly to supporting people right here in our neighborhoods. Just $60 feeds a family of six! Click here to donate and make a difference for our community. Thank you for your support and Happy Holidays!

Give now using the form below!

Kids are a big part of the Yelm Farmers Market

OK, we’ll let the parents come, too!

But, each year at the the Yelm Farmers Market we are so pleased to see the number of kids who come out to learn more about food and farmers and buy good things to eat or to just look around.

In 2018, we plan on plenty of activities to keep kids happy and learning each time they come to the market. In past years, we’ve had face painting  days, pumpkin bowling days and of course our Power of Produce Kids Club

kids at YFM

This year in our new location at the Yelm Community Center on the Yelm City Park, kids can also get to the park playground easily and spend time looking around the new Community Garden which will be right next door.

The Yelm Farmers Market is a place for families and we hope to see you all there!