Donors, Sponsors and Volunteers
An invitation to help support the St. Helena Farmers' Market!
With the support of our wonderful donors and sponsors we have built one of the finest Farmers’ Markets in the country. Each Friday, from May through October, more than forty farmers and artisans get up before sunrise to bring the freshest produce and beautiful hand-crafted wares to Crane Park for your enjoyment! Far more than just a great place to shop, the St. Helena Farmers’ Market is a weekly celebration featuring live music, cooking demos, lectures, children’s activities and story hours, as well as the best local gathering place to enjoy a morning cup of coffee and pastries with your friends and neighbors. Many of our loyal patrons tell us that the St. Helena Farmers’ Market is the best reason for getting up on spring and summer Friday mornings.
Our educational programs run year ‘round, bringing important information about healthy eating and sustainable farming to school-aged children through classes and events delivered both in the schools and in our Market Classroom. We are pleased that such programs have allowed our market to be one of only a handful of Farmers' Markets in the country to earn non-profit 501(c)3 status, allowing our sponsors’ gifts to be completely tax-deductible.
You can also feel proud that the St. Helena Farmers’ Market welcomes Food Stamp Households and WIC Participants (Women, Infants, Children Supplemental Nutrition Program) and WIC Seniors to shop at our market and we are increasing our outreach to these members of our community.
Providing the St. Helena Farmers’ Market is a team effort. We are governed by an all-volunteer board of directors who are passionate about maintaining the Market as a service to our community, and as a tribute to our local farmers.
Although we work hard and exercise careful fiscal management, we cannot survive and grow without the help of our donors and sponsors. We are inviting you to become part of our team by supporting the Market through your tax-deductible gift.
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:
A limited number of Naming Opportunities will be offered for the first time for the 2016 Season. These Naming Opportunities offer you and your company the greatest opportunity to show your support for the St. Helena Farmers’ Market. By putting your name on the series of Monthly Market Chef’s Table or Lecture Series, the weekly Musician Series or The Kids' Story Hours, your support will be visible in every publication and promotional effort made in association with our Market. Special signage with your Company’s Logo will be created to highlight your Sponsorship of the Program including all articles, reports, promotional and publicity information. We are offering a limited number of Naming Opportunities for 2016 at the introductory rate of $2,500 per season on a first-come, first-served basis. Those participating at this naming level will also receive the Platinum Barrow Benefits. Events still available for the 2016 Season are monthly Market's Lecture Series and the Weekly Musicians Series.
Seasonal Sponsorship ($750, $1,000 or $2,000) 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.
2016 Event Sponsors
We are delighted to have the following sponsors for these key events:
Chef's Table: Bressler Vineyards
Kids' Story Time: Jones Family Vineyards
2015 Market Sponsors
We offer our sincere gratitude to the following 2015 Market Sponsors for their support:
Platinum Barrow Group: $1,500 ($2,000 for 2016 Season)
- 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.