The Prescott Farmers Market is pleased to announce the hiring of our new Managing Director, Heather Houk. Heather graduated from Prescott College with her B.A. in Agroecology and Community Development and M.A. in Sustainability Education. Heather comes to us with a long history and familiarity with our local food system, relationships with local farmers and producers, and nonprofit management. Her primary function is to ensure growth and overall success of our Prescott, Chino Valley, and Prescott Valley Farmers Markets, while also overseeing the school gardens and other educational outreach programs.
Heather will replace Erin Lingo, who is moving with her family out of state. Erin has served as the Market Manager for five years, and has successfully grown the markets and implemented the school garden and school donation programs.
The Prescott Farmers Market is a nonprofit farmers cooperative that operates seasonal weekly farmers markets in Prescott, Prescott Valley, and Chino Valley, from May - October. Growers and food producers from Arizona are invited to sell their products at the farmers markets. The recent 501(c)3 status of the Prescott Farmers Market ensures its ongoing responsibility to provide fresh, healthy and local food to the tri-cities, as well as agricultural and nutrition education to producers and the greater community, and funding and curricular support for local school gardens.
The Prescott Farmers Market (PFM) is seeking a Managing Director & Outreach Coordinator. This salaried position is full-time May-October and part-time November-April. The Prescott Farmers Market is a local non-profit 501c3 organization whose mission is to support and foster local agriculture by providing a direct market for producers, providing consumers an opportunity to purchase locally produced agricultural goods, and educating the community about the importance of local agriculture.
PFM looking for a passionate, professional individual who is dedicated to growing the Prescott, Chino Valley, and Prescott Valley farmers markets, and to furthering our educational mission as a 501c3. The successful candidate will have commitment to local food, grant-writing and non-profit experience, managerial experience, and be confident, diplomatic, and professional in their duties.
The managing director will oversee the operation of Prescott, Chino Valley, and Prescott Valley markets, which run weekly May-October, host over 70 different vendors, and serve thousands of dedicated customers.
Position Expectations: The managing director will work collaboratively with the Board of Directors, seasonal staff, and volunteers to accomplish the following:
-Educational program development: Build on the momentum of the PFM school garden grants, curriculum program and Back-to-School Flyers, as well as new connections with local schools; encourage and build educational resources and opportunities for our vendors; and increase the awareness of local food to a broader consumer base through education.
-Marketing - Increase public awareness, attendance, and sales at our markets to ensure that farmers can make a viable living, while increasing the main income source for the organization.
-Organizational management - Improve existing financial management and organizational systems to make the most of limited resources, and implement best practices and policies for 501c3 organizations. Ensure positive relations and timely filing of all necessary paperwork with local and federal government agencies (ie: Yavapai County Health Dept., City of Prescott).
-Fundraising - To ensure and grow PFM's financial stability and 501c3 mission, the managing director will be responsible for seeking out grants and other sources of funding for operations, staff, and new initiatives from major donors, foundations, and government agencies (locally and nationally).
-Networking - Create positive relationships with current vendors, and reach out to new potential vendors. Increase involvement of farmers, ranchers, artisans, and market customers in our educational mission. Build professional relationships with state and national government and non-profit organizations.
-A proven ability to communicate with all types of people (vendors, staff, and volunteers) in a non-traditional setting.
-Knowledge and experience of working in local food communities, with small-scale and/or organic farmers, or similar local food organizations (regardless of region), with a working knowledge of local/regional food.
-Well developed interpersonal skills including a confident attitude, diplomacy skills, and problem-solving.
-Proven experience in fund raising.
-Non profit experience, grant-writing skills (or willingness to learn), and ability to work with limited resources.
-Creative initiative and enthusiasm to carry out the mission of PFM.
-Professional attitude and excellent verbal and written communication skills.
-Experience and willingness to recruit and manage volunteers of all ages and abilities.
-Money handling and basic accounting skills.
-Ability and commitment to working non-traditional hours including Saturday mornings May through October for the Prescott Market, and weekday evenings for the Prescott Valley and Chino Valley markets.
-Able to lift up to 50 lbs and have a valid drivers license.
-Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience.
The position is based in Prescott, Arizona and surrounding communities. Non-market season working and vacation hours are flexible. A partial work-from-home situation may be a possibility in the non-market season, depending on the candidate and activities determined by the Board of Directors. Compensation: $20,000. Prescott Farmers Market is an equal opportunity employer.
The candidate should submit a cover letter and resume. The letter should detail the candidate's qualifications and professional vision as Prescott Farmers Market managing director. Letters of reference are also encouraged.
Electronic materials may be submitted in PDF format by email to Shanti Rade, PFM Board President, at firstname.lastname@example.org with ATTN: HIRING COMMITTEE in the subject line. Paper materials may be submitted to Prescott Farmers Market, attn: HIRING COMMITTEE, P.O. Box 1853 Prescott, AZ 86302. Questions about the position may be submitted to email@example.com with "PFM Managing Director Inquiry" in the subject line. No phone calls, please.
Materials must be received no later than March 15th. Position start date will be in mid-April.
are you ready for the farmers market to open? did you know you can still support our local farmers and producers?
fresh local produce - straight from the farm
plus Cotton Country Jam, DeCio Pasta, Eagle Honey, Cafe de Dona Ella, and more!
371 Garden St. in Prescott (Prescott College Bookstore & CSA Store) M-F 8am-5pm
Our produce this week is naturally grown by
Whipstone Farm in Paulden
Crooked Sky Farm in Phoenix
Collier Farm in Paulden
the Hawkins' trees in Phoenix
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Don't miss this weekend's farmers market - it's the last one of the season! Make sure you stock up on winter squash, jam and honey, get your knives sharpened, and make sure you grab some frozen tamales to enjoy this winter!
Plus, it's Customer Appreciation Day! Check out all the exciting things happening this Saturday:
chef demo with Chef Todd, using all farmers market ingredients
live music from Pat Beary
guest art Rae Thiebert
free coffee and pumpkin pie
great market basket raffle
all merchandise on sale!
See you at the Prescott Farmers Market Saturday Oct 27 7:30-noon!
this week at the Prescott Valley market: IT'S OUR LAST WEEK!!! Please make sure to stop by and say "thanks" to our loyal farmers! Note: next year this market will switch back to Tuesdays 3-6pm.
celebrate the coming fall season with guest artist Maddy Groves
chef demo and cooking techniques with Chef Todd
live music by Chris Wuehrmann
plus winter squash galore - root veggies - tomatoes - canned goods - tamales - and so much more!
To store: Collards can be easily stored for 10 days when kept just above freezing at high humidity. Put in a plastic bag in your crisper drawer.
collard sushi with red pepper and cucumber
Congratulations to our very own Sarah Wertz (Rabbit Run Farm). Her essay,"When Life Gives you Radishes...Keep Planting" got an honorable mention is the National Farmers Market Coalition essay contest!
Sarah Wertz of Rabbit Run Farm, who sells as Prescott and Flagstaff Farmers Markets:“I know we are on the right track when one of my favorite customers, an elderly woman named Lola, comes to our booth each week and says loudly, “Oh! Ah!” and “Oh my goodness, you musta been up all night washing! I don’t see a speck of dirt! Mmm mmm!” She turns to another customer and sells our produce with her praise.” Read When Life Gives you Radishes… Keep Planting!
this week at the markets:
Chino Valley market: Thursday 3-6pm
Prescott Valley market: Friday 4-7pm
live music from Cat and Chuck
Prescott market: Saturday 7:30-noon
live music from Patti Cummings and dance performance by Prescott College's Nature and Dance class
guest artist Walker Bidwell
here.is coming to Prescott! Sandor is a self-taught fermentation experimentalist and self-described fermentation fetishist and the author of (Chelsea Green, 2003), : Inside America’s Underground Food Movements (Chelsea Green, 2006), and The Art of Fermentation: An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes from Around the World (Chelsea Green, 2012, co-authored with Michael Pollan). Sandor has taught hundreds of fermentation workshops around the North America, and soon Prescott will join the list! So…we are looking for local businesses or interested supporters to become sponsors! We need to raise a few hundred dollars for Sandor’s honorarium, and would love all the help we can get! Please contact Allison Jack (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you’re interested and able to help. Read the Grist interview with Sandor
eggplant with bell pepper, feta and green olives
adapted from epicurious
- Olive oil
- 1 large eggplant, cut into six 3/4-inch-thick rounds, then halved to form 12 semicircles
- 1 long slender red bell pepper, cut into six 1/4-inch-thick rings, then halved to form 12 curved strips
- 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese (about 2 ounces)
- 12 small inner leaves of butter lettuce
- 10 large green Greek olives, pitted, chopped
- 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh oregano
Pour enough oil into heavy large skillet to coat bottom; heat over medium heat. Add eggplant to skillet, arranging in single layer. Sprinkle eggplant with salt and pepper. Sauté until cooked through, but not browned, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer eggplant to sheet of foil; reserve skillet.
Arrange 1 bell pepper strip atop rounded edge of each eggplant piece, trimming to fit, if necessary. Sprinkle cheese atop eggplant.
*Can be made 2 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature.
Arrange lettuce leaves on platter. Reheat oil in skillet over medium heat. Place eggplant, cheese side up, into skillet. Cover and cook until cheese softens and begins to melt, about 4 minutes. Place 1 eggplant piece atop each lettuce leaf. Sprinkle each with olives and oregano.
roasted garlic and eggplant soup
adapted from all recipes
- 1 bulb garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 (1 1/2 pound) eggplant
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
- 6 cups chicken or vegetable broth
- 3/4 cup tomato puree
- 1 dash cayenne pepper
- 1 1/4 cups half-and-half
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil.
Peel away any excess paper from the bulb of garlic, then cut the top off to expose the cloves. Rub exposed cloves with 1/4 teaspoon olive oil, and set onto the prepared baking sheet. Poke the eggplant all over with a fork; place onto baking sheet.
Bake in preheated oven until the garlic has turned golden brown and the eggplant is tender, 30 to 40 minutes. Allow to cool until cool enough to handle. Peel eggplant and chop into large chunks; peel or squeeze the roasted garlic from its skin, and set aside.
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in onion, and cook until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Pour in broth, then stir in reserved eggplant, roasted garlic, tomato puree, and cayenne pepper. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 40 minutes.
Once cooked, carefully puree soup in batches in a blender or food processor until smooth. Return soup to the stove in a clean saucepan. Stir in half-and-half, season to taste with salt and pepper; cook over medium-low heat until hot.
eggplant and cucumber salad sandwich
adapted from saveur
- Peel of 1 large yellow onion
- 4 hard-boiled eggs, peeled
- 7 tbsp. canola oil
- 1 1/2 lbs. large eggplant, cut crosswise into 1/4″-thick slices
- Kosher salt, to taste
- 2 small cucumbers, unpeeled, finely chopped
- 1 small tomato, cored and finely chopped
- 1 small red onion, finely chopped
- 3 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
- 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 5 tbsp. tahini
- 1 clove garlic, finely chopped and mashed into a paste with a little salt
- 4 pitas, warmed
- Amba (mango relish), for serving (*found in Middle Eastern stores)
- 1/4 cup packed flat-leaf parsley leaves
Place some tea bags and onion peel in a 4-qt. saucepan with 8 cups water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to lowest setting, add eggs, and cover; let eggs steep until they’ve darkened in color, about 1 hour.
Meanwhile, heat oil in a 12″ cast- iron skillet over medium-high heat until oil is shimmering. Season eggplant with salt. Working in batches, add eggplant and cook, flipping once, until golden and very soft, 3–4 minutes. Transfer eggplant to paper towels and set aside.
In a small bowl, combine the cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, 1 tbsp. lemon juice, and olive oil; season cucumber salad with salt and pepper and set aside. In a small bowl, combine the remaining lemon juice, tahini, garlic, and 5 tbsp. ice water. Whisk ingredients until creamy and season with salt; set tahini sauce aside.
To serve, slice off the top quarter of the pita breads and spread some of the tahini mixture on the inside of each pita. Put about 7 slices of eggplant into each pita along with one egg. Add some of the cucumber salad, top with some of the amba, and stuff some of the parsley into each pita. Drizzle the top of each sandwich with the remaining tahini sauce.
Have you checked out our weekly markets in Chino Valley and Prescott Valley?
Chino Valley: Thursday 3-6pm at the BonnFire Grill on Highway 89
Prescott Valley: Fridays 4-7pm at the Tim's Toyota Center parking lot on Glassford Hill and Florentine. Uncle John will be strumming his guitar at the PV market this week!
and of course...Prescott: Saturdays 7:30am-12pm at Yavapai College parking lots D&E (on Sheldon). This week: guest artist Amy Meisner, and live music from local fave Iona! GMO-Free Prescott are our educational guests this week - make sure you stop by and pick up some information on genetic engineering. Plus shop around our new location!
Featured vendor: JR Farms! Jay and Rosa are from Camp Verde, and are now bringing delicious produce to the market every Saturday. Just follow the roasted chile smell to their booth on the left side of the market. Find out more information here: http://www.prescottfarmersmarket.org/Vegetables/19384-JR-Farms/View-details.html
See you at the markets!