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Sample Curbside Order: start to finish

It is Friday at 8AM. You get an email from AFM listing vendors and their products that will be available at Saturday’s Market.

  1. Vendor A will have lettuce, spinach, peas. His contact is to text: 877-456-7890 to place an order for curbside.

2. Vendor B will have fruit pies, cinnamon rolls, and jams. Her contact is email: mjb@yahoo.com to place an order.

3. Vendor C will have coffee and donuts. This vendor is not participating in Curbside.

You decide to pre-order spinach and peas from Vendor A. You want 2 bunches of spinach and 1 pint of peas. So you text him your order (be specific) at 10 AM. (Remember you must notify the vendor BEFORE noon of the day you get the email).

Vendor A gets your text at 10:05AM with your order. He know he will have these items for you tomorrow between 10-11AM. He texts you back by 8PM that evening telling you that he has what you want in the amounts you requested. He also tells you what you will need to pay.

It is 10AM on Saturday at the Market. You arrive at Vendor A’s location, park along Main Street, just in front of his vehicle. You know you are in the right place because you used the vendor map provided in the email. You text him to let him know you are ready for your Curbside Pick-up. He finishes with a customer then gets your order and brings it to you. Because you are a good customer, you have exactly the right combination of vouchers, tokens, money needed. Some vendors have their own card readers for credit/debit cards.

You have your product, the vendor has been paid and has gone back to help other customers.

So what can go wrong?

  1. You don’t pre-order before noon.
  2. You don’t arrive to pick-up your order in the SPECIFIC TIME indicated.
  3. You don’t have proper payment.

What if you want to pre-order from 2 vendors?

Just repeat the process with Vendor B. Two pre-orders before noon, two vendor return emails by 8PM, two pick-ups at the designated time.

Good luck! Remember you can shop like always, too.

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2020 Season Opener on May 16th

The weather has been great, the vendors are planting, baking, and (hopefully) getting ready to harvest some spring vegetables and flowers for opening day.

What is new for all of us is COVID-19, a virus that can cause no symptoms or kill. Such a range of outcomes for each of us with differing degrees of health. The Officers and Board of Atchison Farmers’ Market reviewed many sources for how to keep vendors and patrons safe at an open air market. Please abide by their list of precautions…

COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS

  1. STAY HOME IF YOU ARE ILL !
  2. MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING OF SIX (6) FEET
  3. WASH YOUR HANDS FOR 20 SECS. WITH SOAP & WATER FREQUENTLY & USE HAND SANITIZER WITH AT LEAST 60% ALCOHOL
  4. AVOID TOUCHING YOUR MOUTH, NOSE & EYES
  5. DISINFECT FREQUENTLY TOUCHED SURFACES OFTEN
  6. BRING A LIST OF ITEMS YOU NEED AT THE FARMER’S MARKET – SEE CURRENT LISTINGS ON OUR AFM EMAIL
  7. DO NOT USE THE FARMER’S MARKET TO SOCIALIZE
  8. SHOP WITH YOUR EYES AND ASK THE VENDOR TO BAG YOUR SELECTIONS
  9. AVOID REUSABLE SHOPPING BAGS
  10. THOROUGHLY WASH YOUR PRODUCE UNDER RUNNING WATER PRIOR TO USE

     TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE THIS WORK!

Thank you for your support!

See you at the Market…

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Anita Young Wins August Market Bundle!

Anita Young with her Market Bundle

The August drawing for an assortment of baked goods, honey, and fresh produce was held recently and regular Market shopper Anita Young was the winner. We use a random number generator to select the winner each month so each entry is equal. We do ask that if you have won the bundle this season, do not enter again. We want to spread the goodness around as a way of thanking our wonderful customers.

We have seen many new faces at the Market this season and we say, “WELCOME!” Behind our products are real people and families you can talk to and who stand by their offerings. They grow, bake, pick, dry, and present the very best to their customers. It has been wonderful to see families strolling through the stalls. Some folks just sit on the benches and visit. Going the Market is just such a laid-back way to start a weekend. If you haven’t done it, try it; you’ll love it.

Janean Bowen

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Atchison Jazz Express to Play at the Market from 10-11:30, Saturday, August 17th.

The Atchison Jazz Express helped us open the Market for the 2018 season. This Saturday, August 17, 2019, they will again play for us in the central area under the viaduct. Their Big Band sound is a call to toe-tapping and smiles for all listeners. But they have a mission: “To stimulate, promote, and develop the interest in live performing musical arts, particularly jazz/swing music, in the Atchison, KS area.” They accomplish their mission “through hosting free public concerts and funding college scholarships to students who include music in their studies.”

This is where YOU, our Market patrons and visitors, come in. You will be entertained and have an opportunity to contribute to their mission. Neil Wieland will tell you about the thousands of dollars they have raised for scholarships since 2011 when they were founded. The figure is impressive and so is the music! So plan ahead: bring lawn chairs and some dollars to donate to the Atchison Jazz Express.

Oh, and also spend some money at the Market. We are so proud of our local talent in ALL categories!

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ANNA KELLEY Wins July Bundle at Market

Atchison Farmers’ Market has been giving away products monthly for several years. The sign-up sheets are found at the Market Manager’s stall (Debbie Genova). We use a random number generator to select each month’s winner and the only restriction is that we want a new winner (as opposed to a repeat winner) each month.

When you sign up for the bundle, you provide us with your email and phone number so we can contact you if you are the winner. Additionally, we want to get your photo (See Anna Kelley here) to publish in our blog to show others they, too, might win. We add your name and email to our email list so you can see what our vendors will have on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Our vendors select an item for your winning bundle; the produce and baked items can be different each month depending on availability. See below for Anna’s bundle contents. Be sure to sign up next time you come to the Market. We appreciate your business!