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 2015 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.
Kids Information Booth: A new venture this year, Amanda Tuttle used the booth to showcase the Market’s Education Programs and to engage young Market Shoppers in creative and informational Craft and Nature Projects.
- May: "A Bee in the Hive Community”. Our Market Beekeeper, Jim Foster, Meadowmont Farm brought his viewing hive and taught St. Helena Catholic School Third, Fourth and Fifth Graders about the lives and many jobs of the different bees in the hive.
- October: “Oaks and Acorns”with students from The Young School in Crane Park’s Oak Grove, and at The Young School. This program was a blend of nature connection and Storytelling in the Oak Grove and hands-on stations back at the school where kids cracked, shelled, winnowed, and ground acorn into flour and tasted acorn pancakes. Led by Market Educator, (and Nature Mentor) Amanda Tuttle.
- September-October: “Color Me Healthy”. Classrooms from St. Helena's Elementary and Catholic Schools shopped the market. Students were on “color teams” where they shopped for green, red, orange/yellow, purple/blue and brown/white and brought back a beautiful array of fruits and vegetables to the “Harvest Color Wheel.” The teams then shared the health benefits of their color with the Classes, Teachers, Parents and Market Educator, Amanda Tuttle.
December: "The Gift of Gourds". Working with Art and Sciences Teacher, Stephanie Zuntz, Amanda will present a variety of gourds, and gourds as tools, instruments and art to Pathway Students. The kids will then turn their gourds into adorable snowman.
Students from the Young School attended a Ukulele Lessons provided by Heidi Swedberg, 2015 Wine Country Ukulele Festival funded by Market Donations.
A free lesson was also offered to the Community.
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 2016 Season. We anticipate the total cost of the 2016 Children’s Programs will be approximately $15,000.
This year we had the pleasure of welcoming to the Chef’s Table: Lissette Garay, Sous Chef, The Grill, Meadowood Napa Valley, Michael Laukert Chef Editor and Mariano Orlando, Private Chef, Hundred Acre Wine Group, Levi Mezick, Executive Chef, Harvest Table, Harvest Inn, Jim Leiken / Cindy Pawlycn, Cindys’ Backstreet Kitchen and Andy Wild, Chef Instructor/Owner, Wild about Food and Drink..
Each Chef’s Demonstration costs us about $150. We plan to continue with one Chef’s Demonstration per month for the 2016 Season and will need to replace 24 Chairs. Approximate Cost is $1,150.
The 2015 monthly Market Lecture Series featured “Reproduction and the Hive” by Jim Foster, Beekeeper, Meadowmont Farm; “Making Jams and Preserves with the Season” by Andy Wild, Wild about Food and Drink; “Gardening in Times of Drought”, Andrea Powell Master Gardener UC Master Gardeners of Napa County, “Grass-Fed Beef Ranch to Restaurant”, Long Meadow Ranch’s Stephen Barber, Director of Culinary Operations, Kipp Ramsey, Farm to Table Manager, Joe Hardin, Director of Agricultural Operations and “Cooking by Taste, without a Recipe” Michele Anna Jordan Radio Personality, James Beard-Winning Author, Columnist, Former Chef & Restaurant Reviewer.
We plan to continue with the Monthly Lectures for 2016. Each Lecture costs us about $150. Approximate cost: $1000.
Umbrellas: We will need to replace 6 Umbrellas for our Chef’s Table, Market Lecture and Kids’ Information Booths in 2016. Approximate Total Cost: $650
We are seeking permission to have a permanent sign to promote the Market on Highway 29. Approximate Cost: $2,000.
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 2016 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.
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.