Thursday, June 25, 2009

FIVE things YOU can do in 20 MINUTES to support the Villebois Sunday Market

#1 Recruit volunteers and send them to the market manager. Successful markets have a strong, active volunteer base. If you want to keep the market at Villebois, we need YOU, and we need your friends and neighbors.

Volunteer at the market – we have morning and afternoon shifts – or take a leadership role, and help during the week with a variety of tasks. The Web site,, has information under "volunteers." The sign-up sheet is at the Welcome Tent each week.

If you would like to take a leadership role, please contact Taraneh (terre-UH-neigh) Foster, the market manager, at Office hours are from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tuesdays.

#2 Talk, talk, talk. The best way to increase attendance and to recruit volunteers is through cheap, good, old-fashioned word of mouth. Edelman does an annual Trust Barometer (, and "a person like me" continues to be the most trusted source of information. Didn't you know? YOU are that trusted person. We need you. So get talking!

#3 Talk online, too. Do you use e-mail? Twitter? Facebook? LinkedIn? Please add the following to your e-mail signature, both at home and at work, and then include this on your status updates in your chosen social media: “Did you know Wilsonville has a farmers' market? Watch the video at, follow the market blog at, and join me Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.”

#4 Share this post with anyone you know that lives in Wilsonville or a neighboring city/town. Ask them to share it with anyone they know, too. Can't make a copy? The Villebois Village Center has extra copies of this in a hard copy, flyer format. They'll be glad to share.

#5 Plan to attend our next community meeting at 12 p.m. Sunday, June 28. What's a better time to talk about the market than during the market itself? We'll meet in the entertainment room across from the leasing office in the Miraval Building (entrance is next to the Village Waffle Baker). It'll be a great time to learn about and sign-up for some of the many volunteer opportunities at the Villebois Sunday Market.

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