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October 2019 newsletter
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Sitka Local Foods Network
http://www.sitkalocalfoodsnetwork.org/
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408 Marine Street, Suite D
Sitka, Alaska 99835

sitkalocalfoodsnetwork@gmail.com
Board of directors — Charles Bingham, president/communications director; Stanley Lopata, vice president; Amanda Anjum, treasurer; Nina Vizcarrondo, secretary/Sitka Farmers Market manager; Laura Schmidt, St. Peter's Fellowship Farm lead gardener (honorary board member); we have space for you on our board.

Sitka Farmers Markets end season

The summer season is over for the 2019 Sitka Farmers Market. We held seven markets this summer, our 12th summer hosting the markets, and people seemed to enjoy themselves this year. We'd love to hear feedback on how we can make our markets better next summer.  We kicked off our 12th summer of Sitka Farmers Markets on Saturday, July 6, and also had markets on July 27Aug. 10, Aug. 17 Aug. 31, Sept. 7, and Sept. 21 (click on the dates for photos from the various markets). We also hosted a Sitka Local Foods Network farm stand at the 25th annual Running of the Boots, which was on Sept. 28. As usual we offered a matching program for people who use SNAP and WIC benefits at our market farm stands (and the Running of the Boots), thanks to a grant from the White Elephant Shop. We had lots of people get matching benefits for their WIC farmers market vouchers, but very few people used their SNAP Alaska Quest cards at the markets and we'd love to increase that next year. If you have feedback on how we can improve the markets, please email sitkafarmersmarket@gmail.com or sitkalocalfoodsnetwork@gmail.com. We'd love to hear suggestions of Alaska Grown food products you'd like to see us sell at the markets. We won't know our schedule for 2020 until we get closer to the summer, but once we have the schedule information about the markets and how to be a vendor will be posted on our website, http://www.sitkalocalfoodsnetwork.org.

Sitka Farmers Market earns top honors for Alaska

For the third year in a row and fifth time in six years, the Sitka Farmers Market earned top honors for Alaska in the 11th annual American Farmland Trust's Farmers Market Celebration. In addition, the Sitka Farmers Market finished ninth in the Pacific region. This annual contest involves voting on the contest website, where people vote for their favorite market. The contest only allows one vote for each registered email address. The Sitka Local Foods Network thanks those of you who supported us in this annual contest. You can read more about it at this link.

Like local food in Sitka? Please join our board of directors

Are you enjoying the fresh local veggies at the Sitka Farmers Market this summer (our next market is scheduled for Nov. 7)? Did you take one of our garden education classes this spring? Do you have an interest in getting more access to locally grown, harvested and produced food, and an interest in food security? If so, please consider joining our board of directors. We need new board members to keep offering these programs, and we'd love to have you join us. We need board members to keep things going. For more details, please click this link. This page has links to our board job descriptions and applications. Our next meeting will be from 6-7:45 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Sitka Public Library. Feel free to check us out. Our meetings are open to the public.
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