Monday, May 11, 2009

We need volunteers to help at the BOTB Market

The opening day for the Bounty of the Barrens Market (May 30) is nearing. We are working diligently to get all the organizational tasks completed. The farmers are doing their best (despite our recent rain torrents) to get their crops moving forward.

We now need to ask for volunteers from the Sustainable Glasgow membership and the community at large to help us on market days.

We don't expect anyone to volunteer for every Saturday (although your offer would be accepted) but we would love to have you volunteer for at least a few Saturday mornings this summer. We most need help with setup and takedown of the market (canopies, tables, traffic cones, etc.) but help during the market hours will also be needed and welcomed. A market manager from Sustainable Glasgow will be directing volunteer activities. The market will open at 8:00 AM and close at noon. That will mean that we need to set up at around 7 AM (possibly a little earlier for some) and, of course, start taking down at noon. We will have live music and active cooking, so it will be a nice place to be if you stay through the market morning.

The creation and management of this market is a truly volunteer, community, grassroots effort. Our goal is to create a marketplace for our local and regional food producers, a place for our citizens to buy the freshest, healthiest and best local foods, and a place for us to connect and enhance our bonds of community and to have a little fun.

The greatest place for conversation, family and friends is at a dining table - and we want this to be a big community table.

If you are interested in being a volunteer, you have several ways to respond. You may contact us at 270-361-2888, at, or come to the site of the future market behind BB&T Bank on West Main Street at 1:00 PM on this Saturday, May 16 where we will be meeting for a market rehearsal.

I hope to see you at the market.

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