Certified Organic Beef

Nisqually Springs Farm logoAvailable from this week at the Market Information Booth, dry-aged organic Angus beef steaks grown on the very farm our market is on….
Rib-eye, New York, Tenderloin, Skirt, Flank
Plus hamburger AND ribs!

For information on purchasing half or whole beef, contact Glenn or Bret … schornoag@hotmail.com

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Fabulous Fresh Summer Abundance!

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How wonderful it is to watch the farm stands at our market blossom into summer! Those first markets of the season saw booths with only a few varieties of leafy greens to tempt us. Each week we have been treated by new delights as the days get longer and the Yelm climate warms up. We are so very blessed to have our farmers that work so hard and devotedly in order to produce the freshest, most nutritious food possible.

Available from our produce farmers this week …
Arugula, Apricots, Basil, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cherries, Cherry Tomatoes, Collards, Cucumbers, Currants, Garlic, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lavender, Lettuce, Pad Choi, Peaches, Peppers, Plums, Rhubarb, Spinach, Spring Salad Mix, Swiss Chard, Turnips, Walla Walla Onions and Zucchini.

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New Market Manager

Karen Rae 2014 Market Manager

YFM Manager – Karen Rae

Hi Everyone!

My name is Karen & I am the new Yelm Farmers Market manager.  I am so excited to be involved in this wonderful community venture. You can read a little about me here.
Spring is definitely in the air and nature is stirring. Our farmers and artisans are already busy preparing.  We are in for an awesome 2014 season!
Our first market of the season will be at the beautiful Nisqually Springs Farm in June!

Watch this space ….

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ATTN: Opening Day has Changed!

We apologize for any inconvenience or confusion but, since we strive to present you with the best market possible all season, the opening day has been pushed back to Sunday, June 9, 2013. We’ll see you at 10AM!

Also, there is an informational meeting to be held at the Yelm Timberland Library, here is the message from Kayla:

Are you interested in vending at the Yelm Farmers Market this season? Would you like to learn more about the details of being a vendor at YFM?

Meet me, Kayla the Market Manager, at the Yelm Timberland Library on Wednesday the 29th at 6PM. I will have copies of the Vendor Application and plenty of answers to your questions.

This is open to the public, if you know folks who might be interested, please feel free to send along the invitation!

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2013 Vendor Applications Available!

Opening day (May 26), is approaching fast, make sure to sign up now to be a vendor for Yelm Farmers Market! Applications are available to submit throughout the season but make sure to turn in yours by May 6, 2013 to obtain priority selling space and take advantage of every market day! Click the link below to find all the 2013 market rules and application. We can’t wait to see you at the market!

Click here for Vendor Application


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New Market Manager!

We are happy to finally introduce you to Kayla Mahnke, the new Yelm Farmers Market Manager! Kayla is originally from Washington State and is also in her second year as Market Manager of the West Olympia Farmers’ Market (WOFM), a Tuesday night market very similar to YFM. With a Bachelor’s Degree in ecological culture, food systems, and design, she has a strong interest in the development and operation of local organizations that support food system growth and brings the experience, drive, and energy needed to continue to make Yelm Farmers Market successful. Kayla is very excited to be part of the Yelm community and looks forward to a great season!

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Kayla has a refreshing enthusiasm for all things food and enjoys cooking, volunteering, and being creative. Make sure you stop and say hi when you see her around!

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Location and Dates Confirmed!

Yelm Farmers Market is pleased to announce the official location of the 2013 Season. We will now be located where State Route 507 crosses over the Nisqually River [17835 SR507 SE, Yelm, WA 98597], just outside Yelm city limits near McKenna, WA. The new site will be easily visible and accessible from the highway while only a few miles southeast of last year’s location.

Also, the season will begin Sunday, May 26, 2013 and continue every Sunday through October. The hours will last from 10am until 2pm every market day. Make sure to keep watching for new announcements as opening day approaches. Not much longer now, can’t wait to see you there!

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YFM is Hiring!

Are you interested in helping the local community grow? Yelm Farmers Market is currently looking for a manager for the upcoming 2013 season. This is a paid part-time position and will remain open until filled. If you feel you are the motivated and enthusiastic individual with the qualifications described in the links below, please contact Tom Dewell at yfcstrategy@gmail.com for an application as soon as possible!

YFM Manager Job Description
YFM Manager Scope of Work

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Contact us for any questions. Thank you for your interest!


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Coming Soon!

The 2nd Annual Yelm Farmers Market is on its way! The committee is in full swing to make 2013 an even better year. The enthusiasm we saw last year for a market in Yelm was amazing, thank you to all who gave their support.

To those that are wondering, there are going to be a few changes that will hopefully make this year’s market an even better success. The details can’t be announced now but, to give you a hint, there will be a new time and location! Yelm Farmers Market will still be on Sundays and go from Late Spring to Fall, final dates are yet to be determined, and we’ll be welcoming back many of the wonderful vendors that helped us get off the ground in our first year. Expectations should be high as this is going to be the best season yet at Yelm Farmers Market!

If you are interested in being part of this great community effort, please contact us at yelmfarmersmarket@gmail.com or through our Facebook page. We are in need of sponsors, vendors, and volunteers – no experience necessary. This wouldn’t be possible without everyone’s support and hard work, don’t forget to check back often to see what’s to come!


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Join Our 2013 Farmers Market Board

Greetings to you all for the holiday season.  I hope you have enjoyed your Fall and are looking forward to a restful winter.  As the new season approaches, it is time to focus on where we are going with the Yelm Farmers Market for 2013.  I will not be managing the market this year on a full time basis, but I look forward to participating on the board of directors and working with an amazing team of leaders who have the talent and heart to move us forward into the coming years.

We are now open for applications for our board of directors.  We need a minimum of 7 and a maximum of 9 members on the board.  I have had numerous people interested in participating, so I would like for each of you who want to join us to send in a brief bio and tell us how you feel you can contribute to the growth of the market this coming season.  The application process will close Sunday, December 23 at 6:00 p.m.  I will review the applications and contact those who are chosen by Friday, December 28.  Our first meeting will be Thursday, January 10 at 7:00 p.m.at Tacos Gaby across from the Yelm Coop.  We will vote on a permanent meeting time once a month thereafter at this meeting.  On the first meeting, we will elect board officers and begin the discussion of where and when the market will be open for 2013 as well as discuss how we intend to provide operational funds for the market and how we should select a market manager.  This will be a two – 2 1/2 hour meeting.  Future meetings will, hopefully, be shorter.

If you are interested in the market manager position, please send in a focused resume and salary requirements to yelmfarmersmarket@gmail.com.

Here is the proposed structure for the market board and manager for this year.

Yelm Farmers Market 2013 Changes


Set up a board of 7-9 members to:

Provide oversight of primary mission

Provide oversight of assets and financial responsibility

Set market and vendor guidelines for future growth of the market

Conceive and initiate fundraising

Conceive and initiate marketing efforts in the community and beyond

Oversee health department, city, county and WSFMA guidelines and regulations as it pertains to YFM operations

Hire and/or procure management for the operation of the market


Market Manager Responsibility:

Pre-Season (beginning in January): 

Recruit vendors

Attend WSFMA conference and further educate her/himself on the changes and trends in farmers markets in like size communities

Execute marketing plan set forth by the board in preparation of the beginning of the season

procure city, county and market association licenses and health department certificates for proposed events and activities as necessary

Procure assets and make operational purchases for the season

Coordinate volunteers to set up and tear down the market each week

Set up filing system to keep track of vendor contracts and receipts receivable and payable

Initiate contacts with local businesses and non-profits for participation in farmers market

Work with city planning committee to sign a facility use agreement for the season and keep them updated on vendor participation per the contract

During Season:

Keep content updated on the YFM website and facebook page (may coordinate with Marketing Director for placement of content on the website)

Create and send out weekly newsletters

Coordinate weekly set-up and tear-down

Coordinate demos and other special happenings at the market

Enforce guidelines with vendors and other participants each week

Report to the board monthly on market needs and operations

Conduct surveys and market studies to help for future planning

Post Season:

Provide a wrap up of the season to the board

Coordinate for storage of market assets

Thank you for all your support.  Vendors, we will be in touch with you soon about joining us again for the 2013 season.

~Geana Henkes
Yelm Farmers Market Manager

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