Monday, July 2, 2007

Salem Market and Community Support

The Salem Farmers’ Market is located in a great location in downtown Salem (right off Hwy. 19 behind the Salem Chamber of Commerce building in a beautiful pavilion.)

(Photo: Salem Farmers’ Market pavilion on June 12.)

The market displays signage around town the day of the market so the community knows the market is open for business. Around 15 vendors bring in their local produce twice per week to provide the Salem community with fresh vegetables, salsa and jelly, baked goods, herbs and plants.

Market Manager Chris Mathes says the marketers are highly involved within the local community, from promoting church events to hosting a variety of community fundraisers such as ice cream socials, chili cook-offs and a businessmen breakfast. The Salem marketers are very supportive of their community and it shows.

The local radio station, KSMO, not only helps promote the market on-air, but also in the station’s weekly newsletter. The market also purchases weekly ads in the local paper to “get the word out” about the market.

The Salem market has also received a $5,000 grant to be used for marketing and promotion of the market. Chris plans on hiring a part time employee that will handle all the promotional aspects of the market, including developing new ideas and projects.

The Salem Farmers’ Market is open Tuesdays from 3-6 and Saturdays from 7:30 – Noon. For more information about the market please contact Chris Mathes at 573-247-3974 or go online to the
City of Salem site.

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