I know the temperature is still a bit cool but the sunshine we’ve enjoyed over the last couple of days is a reminder that Spring, and another season of the Haymaker’s Farmer Market, is just around the corner.
(It’s also a reminder that the Ohio Mountain Bike Association Race Circuit is set to begin in a couple of weeks but that’s a story for another day).
This year’s Haymaker Farmer’s Market will officially kick off the season on May 28th, and the volunteer organization has announced a change in management for 2011. It turns out that after 18 years on duty, Fritz Seefeldt and his wife will pass the baton this year to a new team leader. Most of the faces at the Market will remain the same but the day to day planning, marketing and problem solving that Fritz and company handled so well will now be handed off to a new pair of hands.
Passing the torch on this must be hard, sort of like watching your child graduate from school, but Fritz said that the time was right, the market was enjoying some of it’s best years, their numbers of vendors and sales have continued to go up — so Fritz is going out on top. The Kent community is deeply indebted to Fritz and his family for all their personal investment of time, energy, and I’m sure plenty of blood, sweat and tears — that combined to create the Haymaker Farmer’s Market.
I’m told that the Market posted a job announcement and they are excited about the quality of candidates that are interested in continuing the traditions built by Fritz and his village of supporters.
You can read the official notice straight from the Farmer’s horse’s mouth below:
FARMERS’ MARKET CHANGES MANAGEMENT
After 18 years at the Haymaker Farmers’ Market, founder Fritz Seefeldt has decided to step down as the volunteer manager. “I am committed to the long term success of the market and look forward to continuing to serve in an advisory role and on the market board of directors. The market has been an integral part of our lives for so many years and I see this transition as something healthy for the market and for the Kent community.” said Seefeldt, who has brought the market to its current success after co-founding it with his wife Jo Anne and architect Rick Hawksley. The market on the corner of Summit St. and Franklin Ave. is one of the longest-running farmers’ markets in NE Ohio.
Customers and vendors alike have enjoyed Seefeldt’s easy-going approach, which made the market a Saturday morning mainstay of healthy shopping and entertainment. The board of directors of the Haymaker Farmers’ Market, an incorporated non-profit organization, will be searching for a replacement to take over the reigns for the 2011 market season, which starts May 28.
“We’ve got big shoes to fill,” said board member Cary James. “The comfortable ambiance of the market has been developed by a lot of hard work on Fritz’ part.” Other members of the board agree that some attributes will be easy to find in applicants, like having a car, or the ability to lift 40-lb umbrella stands. Other things can be learned, such as agricultural and health regulations, and writing grant applications. “But we’ll also need to find someone with good organizational skills, an interest in the market and Kent, and the ability to enforce our rules to keep market harmony,” continued James. “We’d hate to lose the great atmosphere.”
More information is available on the Haymaker Farmers’ Market website, http://haymakermarket.com/ or the HFM’s facebook page.