Monroe Farmers’ Market needs volunteers
MONROE — The Monroe Farmers’ Market is looking for volunteers for its upcoming season.
Market manager Keith Ciociola said he’s in need of people to help with set up, greeting customers and other duties at the market, which opens for the season at 3 p.m. on June 21.
“We have a core group of five to six volunteers,” said Ciociola, who is himself a volunteer. “But we lost a few last year to other commitments, so we’re looking to fill in those spots.
The market runs from 3 to 6 p.m. every Friday. Volunteers can sign up for at least one of three two-hour shifts — from 2 to 4 p.m., 3 to 5 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Ciociola said there’s no set number of volunteers needed, but there are people needed for every shift.
At least one volunteer photographer is sought as well.
“We’ve been fortunate in the past to have some very talented amateur — and even some professional — photographers donate their time to us,” Ciociola said.
The market also needs volunteers outside of market days, for such services as helping with marketing and advertising by creating flyers, posters, newspaper and radio station ads, newsletter contributions, and blog posts.
Ciociola said he and others involved with the market pride themselves on their commitment to supporting producers of farm products in Connecticut and to providing members of the community with access to fresh, locally produced goods.
“We try to make sure — in fact, we insist — that everything we sell is grown in Connecticut or made in Connecticut,” Ciociola said.
The market also offers a variety of activities, such as live entertainment, children’s event and demos by local chefs.
Those who are interested in volunteering can call 203-452-2800 ext. 1088 or fill out a form on the farmers’ market web site.