Donors, Sponsors and Volunteers
An invitation to help support the St. Helena Farmers' Market!
If you're reading this, you probably agree that the St. Helena Farmers' Market is a community treasure. This year will be our twenty-eighth season and thanks to much valued community support, we have been able to create and maintain a vibrant market that hosts over fifty vendors each week from May through October. This year we will have music at every market, monthly cooking demos by local chefs, students and food writers, Lectures by Experts and Book-Signings by local authors offering their latest cook books.
As one of only a handful of Farmers Markets in the country that have 501(c)3 status, we are committed to helping our community learn more about the benefits of eating locally grown and sutstainable food products. Our non-profit educational program offers classes and events for kids thoughout the year. School-aged children are a crucial audience for our educational outreach efforts because engaging them directly with tasty and nutritious food is the first step in establishing a pattern of improved eating as adults. For real, long term change in our food system, we must help to create the next generation of thoughtful food consumers.
Our volunteer board works hard and exercises careful fiscal management, but we cannot survive and grow without your help. Programs that will be supported by your generous donations/sponsorships incude the following:
Educational Outreach Programs
A sample of the Market Programs completed in 2014 and overseen by Amanda Tuttle, Market Educator include:
Kids’ Story Time: Using our dedicated Kid’s Tent, “Kids’ Story Time” was conducted once a month in English by Amanda and once a month in Spanish and English led by Mari Martinez, St. Helena Public Library.
Market Classrooms: “Praise to the Earth Story, Poetry and Song”, celebrating our one planet and attended by St. Helena Primary School First Graders; “Veggie Stars” featuring the stars of the Brassica Family and how plants have family trees and roots; “The Three Sisters” bought to life by storytelling, the kids’ exploration of dried and fresh garden beans and corn and through hands on play; "Earth Day Every Day" featuring story, poetry and song and celebrating our one planet and "Herb Thyme" where kids opened their senses to fresh and dried herbs and created a herb sachet to take home.
St. Helena Elementary Students experienced the wonderful music of the “Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater’s “Orchestra Institute Napa Valley Fellows” and had the opportunity to try some of the instruments themselves.
Free Ukulele Lessons were provided by Heidi Swedberg from the 2014 Wine Country Ukulele Festival.
Amanda took the story of the “Three Sisters” to the St. Helena Public Library’s Bilingual Program as part of their “Pajama Rama” Program. Kids made Bean and Corn Art Medallions and tried “Corn Confetti Custard” from the book “Blue Corn and Chocolate.
The St. Helena Farmers’ Market also supports and often leads the “Food for Love” teen cooking program, where teens cook for St. Helena hospital cancer patients.
We plan to increase the number of On-Site/Off-Site Children’s Educational Programs for the 2015 Season. We anticipate the total cost of the 2015 Children’s Programs will be approximately $15,000.
In 2014 we had the pleasure of welcoming to the Chef’s Table: Vicky Acosta, The Grill, Meadowood Napa Valley, Stephen Barber / Nic Jones, Farmstead; Nash Cognetti, Tra Vigne; Bill Heubel, Culinary Institute of America at Greystone; Michele Anna Jordan, Radio Personality. James Beard Winning Author, Columnist, Former Chef and Restaurant Reviewer and Cookbook Author, Jim Leiken / Cindy Pawlycn, Cindys’ Backstreet Kitchen and Grant Showley / Culinary Students, St. Helena Montessori School.
Each Chef’s Demonstration costs us about $150. We are planning to continue with one Chef’s Demonstration per month for the 2015 season and will need to replace 24 Chairs, the Market’s Cart and the Signage for the Chef's Table. Approximate cost $2,500.
The monthly Market Lecture Series featured “Farm to Egg Cookery” by Andy Wild, Wild about Food and Drink” and Joan Taramasso, Taramasso Ranch; “Reproductivity of the Hive”” by Jim Foster, Beekeeper, Meadowmont Farm; “All Things Pork, Farm, Fire to Fork” by Michael Sullivan, Cochon 555 Tour; “Vertical Gardening” by Amy Rose Fasone, Centerpiece Floral and Home and “Juicing in Season” by Karen Schuppert, Cook4Seasons.
We plan to continue with the Monthly Lectures for the 2015. Each Lecture costs us about $150. Approximate cost: $1000.
Our Community Partner, The Master Gardeners of Napa County conducted Monthly Mini Workshops on “Waterwise Gardening in California’s Mediterranean Climate”, “Pests and Snails? Oh My?”, “Tomato Problems”, “Planning & Planting Your Garden with California Natives’ and “Worms Eliminate Vegetable Waste in Your Kitchen and gives you Black Gold for Your Garden”.
We are seeking permission to have a permanent sign to promote the Market on Highway 29. Approximate Cost: $2,000. We also plan to replace the signage at the Market's General Store to welcome members of Food Stamp Households and WIC Participants (Women, Infants, Children Supplemental Nutrition Program) to our market. Approximate Cost: $200.
Below are a variety of donor levels. We’ll gladly take any amount you can afford. We are just so very grateful for your support.
- The Veggies Rock Group ($500 and up)
- The Tractor Group ($250 to $499)
- The Go Green Group ($100-$249)
- The Red Wagon Group: Under $99
Donations may be made by
- by check made payable to the St. Helena Farmers' Market and sent to P.O. Box 70, St. Helena, CA 94574.
- by credit card using our secure PayPal donate button. Please note that as the St. Helena Farmers’ Market is a 501(c)3 Charitable Organization, your donations are fully tax deductible. Federal Tax ID # 35-2367794.
The following types of sponsorships are available for the 2015 Season:
- Seasonal Sponsorship ($750, $1,000 or $1,500) per season: A chance to help keep the Market a happening place and give your business a lot of visibility. The Benefits for each Sponsor Group are outlined here. The $1,500 Platinum Barrow Sponsorship is being introduced for the first time in 2015.
- Special Event Sponsorship (approximate cost, $300 per event):Educational Tastings, Chef's Demos, Market Lectures and Programs add richness and fun to the market.
2015 Market Sponsors
We offer our sincere gratitude to the following Market Sponsors for their support:
Platinum Barrow Group: $1,500
- Bressler Vineyards, St. Helena
Hundred Acre, St Helena
Jones Family Vineyards, Calistoga
Levensohn Vineyards, St. Helena
Louis M. Martini Winery, St. Helena
Golden Trowel Group: $1,000
Silver Pail Group: $750
Sponsor in Kind
You Can Make Your Donation Here
The St. Helena Farmers’ Market is a 501 (c) (3) Charitable Organization (tax ID 35-2367794) so your donations are fully tax deductible.