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Farm Festival Marketplace

One of the most anticipated parts of Farm Festival is the Marketplace. This year’s Marketplace includes our beautiful farm stand, the clothing boutique, books and games tables, and handmade goods. 

We need your help to fill our Marketplace and make it look beautiful. Fall is the perfect time to clean out your closets and bookshelves.

THE SPECIFICS: 

The Marketplace Committee will be collecting items on on Wednesdays and Fridays until October 18. Please bring in your items and leave them in the drop-off area in the school lobby.

WHAT KINDS OF CLOTHES AND SHOES ARE NEEDED? 

All clothing items must be clean and gently worn, without rips or holes. We are specifically looking for cold-weather, fall and winter items. Please resist bringing apparel that is out-of-season or too worn.

The Clothing Boutique needs:

  • Strong, insulated waterproof rubber boots
  • Sturdy shoes or work boots
  • Water shoes
  • Rain coats
  • Heavy sweaters
  • Warm jackets or coats
  • Long underwear
  • Mittens/gloves
  • Scarves
  • Warm PJs
  • Jeans
  • Halloween costumes
  • Handmade clothing (new and previously worn)
  • Adult denim, leather and men’s oxford shirts (for up-cycling)
  • Tan, felt or slimline children’s hangers (new or used)

(Please no jewelry or accessories)

WHAT’S NEEDED FOR THE FARM STAND?

  • Homemade jams, jellies, canned or pickled fruits and vegetables, hot sauce. (All food donations must include a list of ingredients.)
  • Honey
  • Mason jars and milk bottles
  • Baked goods
  • Fresh flower bouquets (to be delivered the day of Farm Festival)

DO YOU NEED CRAFT ITEMS? 

Yes! Please bring in:

  • Clean, plain white shirts/tee shirts
    White handkerchiefs
    Ribbons
    Bandanas
    Shallow bowls and clear jars, vases and bowls (larger than 3”)
    Throw pillows, cushions

HOW ABOUT BOOKS AND TOYS? 

We need both, but have to be more selective. In recent years, we have had a number of books left over which then need to be trucked elsewhere as a donation. While the majority of books will be sold in the Marketplace book stand, others will go to augment our prize table.

  • Ages 1+ board books, with a simple narrative
    Children’s books, hard cover and paperback
    Recently published cookbooks (2014 to the present)
    Recently published adult fiction and non-fiction, years 2014 to the present
    Puzzles, games and “learning toys” (unit blocks, Magna-Tiles, Legos, BRIO, Playmobil, Melissa & Doug puzzles). Please make sure that the sets and games are complete. Toys should be similar to what we would find in MCS classrooms.

WHAT CAN I LEND YOU FOR FARM FESTIVAL? 

The following items are needed to help organize and beautify our Marketplace area. Items will be returned after Farm Festival:

  • Garment racks 
    Wooden crates and boxes
    Wire and woven baskets
    Galvanized steel pails 
    Cake stands

If you have questions about donations to the Marketplace, please contact Nikki Berryman (link sends e-mail). If you have a homemade specialty that you think would be popular at the Farm Stand, contact Molly Johnson (link sends e-mail). Please remember, to bring your donated items to the front lobby on Wednesdays and Fridays until October 18​​​​​​​.

RECYCLE YOUR SMALL TOYS

We need mid-sized, gently-used toys and trinkets appealing to ages 3-15 to use at the prize table - cars, kaleidoscopes, simple games! Kids will also be able to trade in prize tickets for experiences like face-painting and crafts. 

WE WANT YOUR OLD CRAYONS, NO, REALLY!

This year at Farm Festival we will have a crayon recycling station. That means YOU bring in old wrapped or unwrapped crayons and WE will hand you a ticket you can put towards an awesome prize! These crayons do not have to be in pristine consition - far from it! We want any old crayons you have - mangled, mishapen or worn to the nub!

Why are we recycling crayons? Did you know that more than 12 million crayons are made in the United States every day! 100 new crayons equal about one pound...let's do some math. 12 million crayons equals about 120,000 pounds. That's 60 tons of crayons made every day with petroleum based wax that eventually ends up in our landfills. And they don't have to! So please, join us in our efforts to recycle crayons.