Kirkland Wednesday Market welcomes Stefeny Anderson as new market manager

KWMCrowds After a long search for a new manager for the Kirkland Wednesday Market (KWM), the KWM board is proud to announce that Stefeny Anderson will be the new Market manager for the 2010 season.

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"We are very excited to have Stefeny manage the KWM market. She brings to this position the experience of managing the Farmers Market in Renton, as well as her passion for support of local WA farmers" said Kate Butcher, President of the Kirkland Wednesday Market board. The KWM board was overwhelmed by the number of excellent candidates who applied for the position. The competition for market manager was tough. Stefeny rose to the top of the list as simply the best candidate to lead the Kirkland Wednesday Market into 2010.

KWMViewStefeny wears many hats as she also manages the Renton Farmers Market and she is the secretary of the Washington State Farmers Market. These connections will undoubtedly help her in her new role in Kirkland. Stefeny has a familiarity with the Kirkland Wednesday Market as a volunteer in 2009. She is also well known and respected by many of the KWM vendors. In addition to her wealth of experience in the world of farmers markets, Stefeny has degree in Education/Social Sciences and History and she has managed many other community events.

As many of you will already know, sadly, the previous manager of the market, Jodi Bardinelli passed away in December 2009. The Kirkland Wednesday Market community lost a great supporter and friend in Jodi as she managed the market for the last two years. During her time with KWM, Jodi championed some great causes, shepherded changes to the market including a change of venue, the introduction of many community events and opening the market to new vendors.

Stefeny and the board are now busy planning the 2010 Kirkland Wednesday Market season which will include  new vendors, weekly community events, chef demos and the Third Annual Harvest Supper and Grapestomp to be held on Wednesday September 15th. All vendor and event details for the new season will be listed at www.kirklandwednesdaymarket.org within the next month.

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Volunteers Needed

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The market will be looking for additional volunteers to help out during the season. There are many fun opportunities to help out including:

  • assisting vendors in the setting up and closing down of the market
  • directing traffic before and at closing of the market

KWMCherriesKWM will also need to recruit people to help mange the litter cleanup and collection as the City budget reductions in park maintance staff means we all need to help keep our parks clean and roll up our sleeves when we can.

While you are waiting for the market to open - here are a few photos from last year to whet your appetite for what will surely be a spectacular 2010 season of the Kirkland Wednesday Market.

For any questions on the market or to inquire/register about becoming a KWM volunteer, please email: kirklandwednesdaymarket@gmail.com

The 2010 market will return to its fabulous waterfront location at Marina Park with opening day on Wednesday, May 5th. The KWM is open each Wednesday from May 5th through October 13th.

Here are a few videos from the 2009 KWM Season: