The Numbers are In, See how we are doing.

Just finished week seven heading into July 13th weekend of the Yelm Farmers Market.   We crunched the numbers and have placed the 2019 Live Financials page on the farmer’s market website.  Continuing our commitment to transparency from last year, the community can see our data almost as quickly as we do.  In a nutshell, we are currently doing 32.88% more business at the Yelm Farmers Market than last year. Our vendor count has increased and we have had some great complimentary event’s hosted in the park as well as a POP Kids program manager to really help the Kids club grow.

Another great data point is that we are still tracking within our WSFMA guidelines for our percentage of Farmers/Processors and Artisans.  It’s STP weekend, come join us at the market!

Check it out for yourself on the Farmers Market Website:

2019 Financial Picture

Thank You Sponsors!

A big thank you to our Farmers Market sponsors thus far: Yelm Family Medicine, Yelm Farm & Pet, Blue Waters Acupuncture Center Studio 703 Wraps and Crowe Law Office. The City of Yelm has also been incredibly supportive of both the market and our new Community Gardens project which will be getting off the ground (or into the ground) later this year.

We’re excited to begin this market season on Saturday, May 26th at our new home in the Yelm Community Center. Some of our booths will be indoors and others will be in the surrounding area at the Yelm City Park. Now that we’re in the heart of town, we’re anticipating a lot of traffic not only from our loyal repeat customers but from those who have recently moved here as well as local residents who will now have greater access to the market.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available from the $250 level all the way to the $5,000 Market Sponsor level. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you get your brand in front of hundreds of market shoppers every weekend for 23 weeks – all in association with fresh, local, organic produce and other unique products and crafts.

Contact Jon Jamison at .

Nisqually Indian Tribe sponsors Power of Produce 2018

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Once more, the Nisqually Indian Tribe ( has shown their commitment to supporting Yelm community activities by sponsoring our Power of Produce Kids Club  ( for another year.

The 2018 sponsorship of $6,000 should fund the program throughout the entire market season this year!

The Power of Produce Kids Club introduces children to fruit, vegetables, and the farmers who grow them while developing financial literacy skills (and perhaps a bit of patience).

The free club is open to children ages 5 to 12. Once they’ve enrolled, they’re given a badge and a small shopping bag and each week when they register, they receive two dollars of market tokens that they can spend on fruit or vegetables or a plant that grows food.

Since the Club was begun at the Yelm Farmers Market ( nearly 1,600 children have enrolled and made over 4,000 visits to the market. Each time they come, we hope, they learn a bit more about our food supply and how valuable our farmers are.

Make sure you enroll your kids again this year at our new location in the Yelm Community Center at 301 2nd Ave in Yelm.

Yelm Farmers Market Committee formed

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In November 2017, Yelm Farmers Market vendors met with members of the BFF Board proposing the establishment of a market committee. This committee would be made up of vendors, other interested parties and members of the BFF Board.

On Dec 5th, a visioning session is being held to create the blueprint for how the market will operate in 2018, how the committee will operate and the role of the BFF Board.

Vendors include:
Jessica Reed of Reed’s Sweet Wine
Karla Broschinski and Thomas Mani of Bee 4 Ever
Austin and Jon Jamieson of J&A Reclaimed
Lucas Howe and Annie Paturka of Root Cellar
Mari Mankamyer and Tim Mann of Mari’s Farm
Susie Kyle of Yummy Local Foods
other members are:
Terra Kram, a community member
Tom Dewell of Bounty for Families Board
Chris Black of Bounty for Families Board

Assisting us will be Mary DeMatteo, the Regional Lead of the Washington State Farmers Market Association (WSFMA) who is responsible for Thurston County among others.

Discussions are focused on the management of the market for 2018. Should this continue to be a market manager managed market? Should it be a vendor operation market? Should it be some combination of the two?

This process is a reinventing one to make sure that the Yelm Farmers Market is a strong viable community presence for a long time to come!

Yelm Farmers Market Vendor Meeting change

farmers marketCalling all Yelm Farmers Market Vendors!

We are considering changing the meeting scheduled for Sunday, Nov 12th to a Thursday evening later in the month.

This meeting is an important one since we want to set up the YFM Committee so work can begin for 2018.

This message is also posted on the Yelm Farmers Market Facebook page – please reply there if a Thursday evening is good for you. You will also be receiving an email today and you can reply to that as well.

Hope to see as many of you as possible this month!

Tom Dewell
Board Chair
Bounty for Families





Power of Produce 2017 – Another Success!


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This year again, the Bounty for Families Power of Produce Club, held at the Yelm Farmers Market, was a great success.

443 kids were enrolled this year, just down from 485 last year, to make the grand total since the program began in 2015 1,587 kids! And they come back over and over again during the season so that our total so far is 4,059 visits. That’s over 4,000 times that young people, aged 5-12, were at the market interacting with local farmers and growers, learning about food and healthy choices and taking home veggie starts for their own home gardens. What an education these kids get!

There is, however, one challenge with this program: it has to be fully sponsored or receive grant money or donations since the $2’s worth of tokens given to the vendors must be reimbursed by the market. This year, unfortunately, we had to stop the program mid-August since the funds we had ran out.

So for this program to continue educating our young people, some of your sons and daughters, we need your support. In 2018 we will make it very easy to help. Our website has a way for you to donate either one time or on a recurring basis. It’s so easy to set up a monthly contribution of $10 or $25 to this really outstanding program by going to and clicking the “support your BFF’ button on the right hand side. Rather use your mobile device? Just text BFF at 91999.

Your donation can make a huge difference – support the Power of Produce Kids Club at the Yelm Farmers Market in 2018.


Vendors Take the Lead as Farmers Market Winds Up Season

If you’ve been to the Yelm Farmers Market recently, you may not have noticed anything different. If not, that’s a credit to two local farmers / vendors who have emerged as leaders in what has been a tumultuous year. In the absence of a regular market manager at the end of August, Mari Mankamyer of Mari’s Farms and Lucas Howe of Root Cellar Farm ave stepped in to keep the market open.

In 2017, a federally mandated split between the for-profit and non-profit arms of the Yelm Cooperative meant that the farmers market lost the annual subsidy that has usually come through membership fees from the umbrella organization. Although in recent years the market has come close to funding itself, the gap was too much to bridge. By the end of August, funds had run out to continue to a pay full-time manager.

That’s when Howe, Mankamyer, and Mankamyer’s husband Tim Mann stepped up. “We didn’t want the customers to lose faith in the market,” says Howe. “We were able to find a middle ground by doing what we could for the month of September and making sure everyone understood the market was going to remain open.”

The transition has been relatively seamless, says Mankamyer. “Tim’s been handling a lot of the logistics, but for the vendors, everyone knows each other and gets along well.” Perhaps the main difference has been an increased level of communication among vendors and the new leadership team. “I’ve been in other markets where you only see the manager once,” says Howe. “I’ve made an effort to speak with every vendor at least once every market. By listening, I know what they need and can do my best to see that they get it.”

New customers are still discovering the market, even though it’s now six years old, says Mankamyer. “To this day we get a lot of new people coming through that had no idea we were here. Having signs out is crucial.”

Potentials for next year include a move to the new community center in Yelm City Park and deeper collaboration with like-minded groups focused on strong food networks and food security. “The potential of moving to the city center sounds really cool,” says Howe. “I’ve also enjoyed Nisqually Springs Farm for the past few years. If we’re going to move it would need discussion with the people it affects the most.”

Whatever unfolds next year, he has a message for the community. “As farmers, we want to feed everyone and make sure they’re getting good food. When you shop at the market, your money is staying in the community.”

Mankamyer echoes that sentiment. “Come and support us,” she says. “This is a team effort. It takes everyone to make it happen. This is something we’re planning to have around for years to come.”

Water Cannon at the Yelm Farmers Market Sept 2nd!

Temps in the 90’s on our next Yelm Farmers Market day, Sunday, Sept 2nd and we’ve got a treat for you!

Let the kids (and adults!) cool off under the spray of the water cannon – looks kind of like this:



Before and after, visit our great vendors and take some farm fresh fruits and vegetables, or some great crafts, home with you!

The cannon will be “firing” from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. thanks to Glenn Schorno, our host at the Nisqually Springs Farm.

The Vendors of the Yelm Farmers Market

P.S. If you’d like Bounty for Families to be able to keep the Yelm Farmers Market going in 2018, you can help by volunteering for lots of different tasks and/or by making a simple recurring donation. Go here and click on the “Support Your BFF” button: …and Thanks!!!

Yelm Farmers Market open until end of Sept!

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New development: the Yelm Farmers Market will remain open until at least the end of September and NOT close the end of August as earlier reported.

The vendors themselves will be coordinating the operation for the remainder of the season.

We expect all the vendors to return so come out and get your favorite goodies – lots of produce will be featured at the farmer stands, and all the other great products you’ve come to expect will be there, too!

Come support your local farmers market and the vendors – they rock!

Watch this space for developments for 2018’s market.

Yelm Farmers Market ends Aug 27th

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The Yelm Farmers Market will end its 2017 season Aug 27th.

We have had some great vendors this year who stayed true to the market even though it was smaller this year. We look forward to building 2018 with them and making next year a “reboot” year for the market. Some of those wonderful vendors are Mari’s Farm, Root Cellar Farm, Fardell Farms, Bee Forever, Reed’s Sweet Wine, Rawk Star Creations and  Yummy Local Foods. Thanks so much!

We have also had awesome sponsors like OBEE Credit Union, Olympia Federal Savings, Yelm Family Medicine, Crowe Law, Timberland Bank and Blue Waters Acupuncture Center. Thank you so much!

We are excited that the city administration of Yelm has been so motivated to get us to move back to the city next year. They have adopted all the code change recommendations we submitted to them and now locations are being reviewed to determine if the move from the farm is the right one to make.

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Power of Produce Kids Club was a success again this year with over 400 members! In this program, each child, aged 5-12, gets 2 $1 tokens each week to spend on fruit, veggies or plant starts. Cashing these tokens in gives the kids a chance to learn from the vendors about the products they are buying. This educational aspect to the market is a really important on for us!

Keep checking in with us for details about the Yelm Farmers Market for next year!