GWS Newsletter, July 2014

Its’s a Summer Showdown Rootin’ Tootin’ Hoedown!!

Friday, August 8th
507 Hall Avenue, St. Paul 55107
Starting at 6 pm.

Please join Growing West Side at Casa Guadalupana’s “Summer Showdown Rootin’ Tootin’ Hoedown!  Bring a dessert to share and your dancing shoes – there will be live bluegrass and folk music and large group square dancing.

Casa Gadalupana is a Catholic Worker house of hospitality here on the West Side providing food and shelter to Latino families in need.  The Hoedown hopes to build awareness about the Casa and other similar programs throughout the metro area.

This year, for the first time, participants in the Beans on the Boulevard project will be donating their extra beans to the folks at the Casa.  For more information on donating your extra beans, contact Maureen at

Non perishable food donations for Casa Guadalupana’s food shelf are welcome.

This Week at the Market:

Join us at the Icy Cup on Saturday mornings between 8:30 and 12:30 pm and find a variety of local produce and other food products.  Meet up with friends and neighbors and enjoy some good music and other family-friendly activities.

Cathy Isles will be reading from her book, Fresh Fruits and Veggies a Plenty! at the West Side Farmers Market around 10 am. Bring the family!

Saturday July 26,  Corner of Stryker and George Streets. See you there!  EVERYONE WELCOME!   EBT and WIC ACCEPTED!   CREDIT CARDS TOO!

Growing West Side Volunteer Opportunities

Accountant: We recently set up our own bank account and could use some financial savvy to help us set up some systems and templates to keep track of our finances and to make sure we’re doing things correctly. We anticipate this being a short-term need including a couple of meetings and helping us develop good practices.

Bookkeeper: Currently, our banking needs include writing weekly checks to reimburse farmers for their credit card business at the market, occasional supplies, and reimbursements for other volunteers who have purchased things for Growing West Side.

Translator/Interpreter: Do you speak Spanish, Hmong, Somali, or another language represented on the West Side? We are looking for people who can translate documents and those who can interpret at events. We anticipate needing help at meetings we will be holding between now and November.

Interested in any of the above opportunities? Contact Molly Phipps:

Check out all our volunteer opportunities here.

Farmer’s Market Volunteer Opportunities

Do you enjoy running into your neighbors every Saturday morning while you buy up beautiful and fresh locally grown fruit and vegetables?  Have you tried the West Side Sourdough bread or the Isabel Street Hot Sauce or Ann’s Jams or the yummy maple syrup or home made soaps or cookies? Or the yummy, fresh affordable veggies & herbs from Chong N-Xiong farms pictured here?

Our farmers market is growing but it is run entierely by volunteers and we need YOUR help!  If you can donate 2-3 hours of your time on ANY saturday morning between now and mid-October we would love your help. Here are some ways you can contribute:

WSFM Greeter- Welcome new customers to the farmers market and ask them to sign up on email list and ask them to participate in our customer survey

Cerenity resident chaperone– Assist senior residents while they shop at the farmers market. Help push wheelchairs and navigate with vendors.

Sell WSFM Merchandise- Staff our GWS Merchandise booth and sell WSFM tshirts and other merchandise

Set Up WSFM-Help us set up the market and assist the vendors with getting their booths organized before customers arrive. Help musicans and other special guests set up their equipment.

Take down the market-Help us close down the market at the end of the market day

Flyer your neighborhood-Distribute flyers to your neighbors and to local businesses to get the word out about the market

Bring a friend.. bring a neighbor.. bring your children! Support the West Side Farmers Market by volunteering some of your time this summer. Many Hands make light work!

Thank you!

Contact the West Side Farmers Market Organizing Committee at

Upcoming Events at the Market

July 26- Cathy Isles, children’s book author will do a reading circle and art project

August 2– Music with Chris and Chris

August 9– The seed library will be at the farmer’s market 9-11am! The seed library continues summer hours at the Riverview library on Wednesdays from 5:30-7pm. Although there are very few seeds we can plant at this late date, we can try to answer your questions and share in your harvest adventures!

August 30– Alma Andina– music from South America and the Andes Mountains

September 3– Strolling accordion music

September 13– Ramsey County Garden Educators. Also, the seed library will be at the farmer’s market on the 13th from 9-11am!

Have another idea for entertainment at the market? There are plenty of more slots available. If you have any ideas for performances or other activities at the market, contact Barb at

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