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The Napa Farmers Market is a California Certified Farmers’ Market committed to supporting local farmers and providing a space for the community to learn about and purchase farm-fresh, sustainably grown produce.

It is also a “makers market,” which means that each specialty-food and artisan vendor had a personal hand in creating the offerings they present at the market. All our vendors participate because they are passionate about what they do.

This passionate participation extends beyond the vendors. The Napa Farmers Market is planned, organized and overseen by a nine-member volunteer board of directors, a market manager, three part-time market assistants and volunteers.

The market team would not be complete without its volunteers. Many of the volunteers who work for the Napa Farmers Market have participated for years. Some have been helping at the market longer than any of the board members or staff. Thank you, Herb! Thank you, Ivan!

Volunteers are an integral part of the Napa Farmers Market community. They greet shoppers and guests, answer questions and provide information, assist vendors, supervise the Kids’ Play Area on Tuesdays, assist with merchandise sales, set up and pack up the information-booth supplies, assist with market educational programs and provide valuable feedback to the manager and board.

We treasure our volunteers and are looking to add to their ranks. This year, the market operates every Tuesday and Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., through Oct. 29, with volunteers needed from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. We are seeking volunteers who can make a minimum two-hour commitment weekly. If you can offer more time, even better.

Responsibilities include:

— welcoming shoppers to the market

— answering customer questions

— collecting email addresses for the market newsletter and surveying patrons

— handling sales of logo products

— assisting the market manager and vendors as needed

— helping set up and pack up the information and education booths

Did you know that The Table, which provides meals to Napa’s needy, picks up fruits and veggies at the end of each Tuesday market? And now Napa Valley CanDo is collecting leftover produce at the Saturday market for the Napa Food Bank. Delivering those produce bins to the Food Bank after the market closes on Saturday is another way you can help.

Are you good with graphic design or photo editing? The market can use those skills, too, and you can volunteer from home. If you speak Spanish, we need you.

As a board member, I have volunteered at the information booth several times and have always enjoyed interacting with the market staff, vendors, other volunteers and customers.

The market is a lively, family-oriented environment. As a volunteer, you’ll meet new people, reconnect with old friends, enrich yourself and have fun giving back to the community at the same time. It is also a great way to become more familiar with the market and all of its farmers, vendors and nonprofit organizations.

If you are interested in volunteering or want additional information about volunteering, please contact market manager Charlotte Billings at

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Next Week at the Market: On Tuesday, July 19, the Napa Farmers Market celebrates “Re-Think Your Drink” with local nonprofit organizations promoting healthy food and drink choices. Educational activities for kids start at 9 a.m. and include healthy food painting crafts (be sure to wear your painting clothes) and a special “Shop with the Chef Jr.” market tour led by chef Elizabeth Skylar of Edible Education. The education schedule for this day is as follows:

9 a.m. to 10 a.m.: Kids’ painting crafts and many opportunities for youngsters to engage with participating nonprofit organizations.

10 a.m.: Story Time

10:30 a.m.:Shop with the Chef Jr. signups at the education booth

10:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.: Shop with the Chef Jr. market tour

11:15 a.m.: Recap the tour and share your favorite tour tastes back at the education booth.

Kids’ crafts will continue until noon.

The Napa Farmers Market takes place on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., May through October, in the parking lot of the South Napa Century Center, 195 Gasser Drive, Napa. The third Tuesday of every month is Seniors’ Day at the market, with some vendors offering discounts to shoppers 65 and older. Ask about participating vendors at the information booth. For more market information and a schedule of upcoming events, visit or visit the market on Facebook.

Connie Evans is coordinator of health education and perinatal outreach with Queen of the Valley hospital and a Napa Farmers Market board member.