This is the first season of youth vending at the Mason Farmers Market. The program gives young people, up to 18 years of age, the opportunity to sell handcrafts and homegrown produce at no cost to them. In offering local youth this opportunity, we hope to introduce them to various skills, including marketing, decision-making, record-keeping, monetary skills, interpersonal skills and building their knowledge of the farmers market and local food community. Youth gain these skills in their own communities with support and encouragement that will carry with them as they continue on through other life experiences.
The program is expanding from the Clear Lake Farmers Market which is going on their third year. The youth vendors have brought a variety of goods to market including produce, flowers, baked goods, granola, coffee and many handcrafted products. The hard work and creativity put into these products has been impressive and it’s exciting to see how well the customers interact with and encourage the kids.
Information on this program can be found at www.masoncityfarmersmarket.com. The program is free to anyone 18 years and younger. We are currently seeking sponsors for this program and would be happy to discuss the details of sponsorship with anyone interested. Equipment needed for the implementation of the program needs updating. Thank you!