SUPERCHARGING

THE MOUNT VERNON FARMERS MARKET

2020 ANNUAL REPORT

SUPER-CHARGING

THE
MOUNT VERNON FARMERS MARKET

2020 ANNUAL REPORT

ONCE AGAIN,

SETTING NEW RECORDS

You can say 2020 has been a “memorable year”…and that would be a significant understatement. It was almost the year there was no farmer’s market in Mount Vernon. As the year started, we all were coming to terms with the now all too familiar Covid-19 pandemic.

This “Annual Report” is a good place to say thank you to the City of Mount Vernon and their Parks & Enrichment Services Department for helping us find a way to open this season. We also thank our vendors who were willing to participate in a smaller “farmers & producers” only event in a very controlled environment.

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Several artisan booths were permitted to join the Market in July and contributed greatly to the shopping experience.

The best part of this story is the community continued to visit and shop complete with masks, sanitizer, and appropriate distance rules. It certainly proved to me that our market is important in the lives of folks throughout our region.

As you know, the Market provides both local farmers and consumers with a reliable, safe marketplace where they can directly purchase high-quality and nutritious food and artisanal goods.

Your Market safely met the needs of local consumers amid the health emergency and continued its support of sustainable agriculture in Skagit County.

For our neighbors with limited incomes, the Market offered a variety of programs supporting food access during the outbreak.

SNAP Market Match, Skagit PICKs and FVRx all stretched the food dollars of our neighbors who need help the most.

I believe the 2020 Market season was an amazing success considering the challenges we all faced together. Thanks go to our talented and resourceful market manager Tia Entrikin who

kept operations up and running. The Market Board of Directors were unanimous in their determination to be open in 2020. Our volunteers kept coming. Thank you to all.

As we begin again for the 2021 season, I am happy to tell you we are ready. While our revenue in 2020 dropped by 42% when compared to 2019, we have money in the bank.

In January we will install a new set of officers and a couple of new members join the board for the Market. You can meet them at first online and then on opening day May 15th. They are a talented and knowledgeable bunch with a good sense of urgency. They include vendors, friends of the market, business people, and community members. They are ready to work and I am excited to see the results of their planning.

When you are thinking about ways to support the Market in 2021, please consider becoming a “Friend of the Market” or how about sponsoring a special event like “Dog Days”? Perhaps your business or organization would consider being a contributing sponsor. Your Market needs your support.

I want to say a special thank you to our “artist in residence and doer of great deeds” Margaret Horak for her service to the Market as she steps away from board membership. To call Margaret a “Rock Star” is faint praise when you consider her commitment and contribution to our success. Thank You Margaret for being there for us and your contributions to our community.

I am also stepping away from board membership, at least for a while. Do not worry…both Margaret and I have already been given committee assignments for the 2021 season, so we will be seeing you.

It has been BIG FUN and my honor to serve the Market for two terms as Treasurer and the last two years as Board President. Many thanks to everyone for your support.

Have a great 2021 Mount Vernon Farmer’s Market season!

ONCE AGAIN,

SETTING NEW RECORDS

You can say 2020 has been a “memorable year”…and that would be a significant understatement. It was almost the year there was no farmer’s market in Mount Vernon. As the year started, we all were coming to terms with the now all too familiar Covid-19 pandemic.

This “Annual Report” is a good place to say thank you to the City of Mount Vernon and their Parks & Enrichment Services Department for helping us find a way to open this season. We also thank our vendors who were willing to participate in a smaller “farmers & producers” only event in a very controlled environment.

Read more

Several artisan booths were permitted to join the Market in July and contributed greatly to the shopping experience.

The best part of this story is the community continued to visit and shop complete with masks, sanitizer, and appropriate distance rules. It certainly proved to me that our market is important in the lives of folks throughout our region.

As you know, the Market provides both local farmers and consumers with a reliable, safe marketplace where they can directly purchase high-quality and nutritious food and artisanal goods.

Your Market safely met the needs of local consumers amid the health emergency and continued its support of sustainable agriculture in Skagit County.

For our neighbors with limited incomes, the Market offered a variety of programs supporting food access during the outbreak.

SNAP Market Match, Skagit PICKs and FVRx all stretched the food dollars of our neighbors who need help the most.

I believe the 2020 Market season was an amazing success considering the challenges we all faced together. Thanks go to our talented and resourceful market manager Tia Entrikin who kept operations up and running. The Market Board of Directors were unanimous in their determination to be open in 2020. Our volunteers kept coming. Thank you to all.

As we begin again for the 2021 season, I am happy to tell you we are ready. While our revenue in 2020 dropped by 42% when compared to 2019, we have money in the bank.

In January we will install a new set of officers and a couple of new members join the board for the Market. You can meet them at first online and then on opening day May 15th. They are a talented and knowledgeable bunch with a good sense of urgency. They include vendors, friends of the market, business people, and community members. They are ready to work and I am excited to see the results of their planning.

When you are thinking about ways to support the Market in 2021, please consider becoming a “Friend of the Market” or how about sponsoring a special event like “Dog Days”? Perhaps your business or organization would consider being a contributing sponsor. Your Market needs your support.

I want to say a special thank you to our “artist in residence and doer of great deeds” Margaret Horak for her service to the Market as she steps away from board membership. To call Margaret a “Rock Star” is faint praise when you consider her commitment and contribution to our success. Thank You Margaret for being there for us and your contributions to our community.

I am also stepping away from board membership, at least for a while. Do not worry…both Margaret and I have already been given committee assignments for the 2021 season, so we will be seeing you.

It has been BIG FUN and my honor to serve the Market for two terms as Treasurer and the last two years as Board President. Many thanks to everyone for your support.

Have a great 2021 Mount Vernon Farmer’s Market season!

2020 MARKET

HIGHLIGHTS

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Weekly Customers
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Total Markets

2020 MARKET

HIGHLIGHTS

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Weekly Customers
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Total Markets

Our MISSION is to provide the citizens of Skagit County fresh locally grown produce and handcrafted items, and to support community agriculture in a friendly, informative atmosphere

Our MISSION is to provide the citizens of Skagit County fresh locally grown produce and handcrafted items, and to support community agriculture in a friendly, informative atmosphere

2020 FINANCIAL

RESULTS

2020 FINANCIAL

RESULTS

$ 0
FARM SALES
$ 0
CRAFT SALES
$ 0
ALL OTHER SALES
$ 0
FARM SALES
$ 0
CRAFT SALES
$ 0
ALL OTHER SALES

PANDEMIC

IMPACT

The Mount Vernon Farmers Market 2020 full-year financial performance proved that putting our customers and vendors first is also beneficial to our community. Despite COVID-19, we successfully translated low customer turnout into record financial performance —specifically in the farm and craft sales categories.  All the while continuing our efforts to build on our existing Skagit PICKS, SNAP Market Match and FVRx programs. It’s a win-win!

ADDITIONAL

SUPPORT

During 2020 the MVFM received $2,000 in SBA Grant and $1,500 in CARES Act to help support the market with unexpected costs related to the impact of COVID-19. 

2021 PRIORITIES ​WITH​

MOUNT VERNON FARMERS MARKET​

The pandemic hit our market hard this year but we wont stop delivering an incredible experience for our vendors and customers. We have a lot in store for 2021 and we are excited about what the future will hold. This year, we are taking a proactive approach to bring you a one of kind farmers market. 

During 2021 our goal is to boost our involvement in food access and continue to grow our SNAP Market Match, Skagit Picks and FVRx programs. 

We are looking ahead to revamp our brand in 2021. With all marketing collateral being the same and consistent you won’t miss the Mount Vernon Farmers Market again. 

2021
PRIORITIES WITH

MOUNT
VERNON
FARMERS MARKET

The pandemic hit our market hard this year but we wont stop delivering an incredible experience for our vendors and customers. We have a lot in store for 2021 and we are excited about what the future will hold. This year, we are taking a proactive approach to bring you a one of kind farmers market. 

During 2021 our goal is to boost our involvement in food access and continue to grow our SNAP Market Match, Skagit Picks and FVRx programs. 

We are looking ahead to revamp our brand in 2021. With all marketing collateral being the same and consistent you won’t miss the Mount Vernon Farmers Market again. 

2020

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

JERRY SHACKETTE

MARGARET HORAK

JEN HART

ROB ZWICK

LEANNA BADILLO

ELLEN DALE

STEVEN GREMMERT

ANDREA LAWSON

JESSICA WRIGHT

SHERRY HONG

2020

SPONSORS

2020

SPONSORS

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