Many Feathers | 2015 Review

MANY FEATHERS 2015
 Volunteers welcoming visitors to the Market!

Volunteers welcoming visitors to the Market!

 Big John's Country Market booth.

Big John's Country Market booth.

A few of us at Many Feathers look back on 2015 with our thoughts and plans for the new year! This has been our biggest year yet with a full market season behind us, and plans for growth. We have a lot to reflect on and learned a lot in 2015 that will help us have another successful year.

 Bread pudding from Madeleines Bakery

Bread pudding from Madeleines Bakery

 Soap collection from Silver Hoof Farms

Soap collection from Silver Hoof Farms

Looking back on 2015 with Many Feathers, I am continuously amazed at how much we were able to accomplish. I am so proud of the farmers’ market and so impressed with how welcoming our community was to us. It proved that even our suburban community with little access to agriculture, truly cares about the local food movement. I look back to where I was last January – constantly stressed with the unknown and uncertainty at how our community would react with the farmers’ market, and also how much there was to learn for our team. At the cusp of 2016, I feel so calm and far more focused on what is to come for us – turning the market into a weekly event, beginning the garden for our team, and also working on a number of other behind-the-scenes projects to ensure the growth of our organization. I am personally very much looking forward to the work we will embark on in the coming months and I hope you all are excited too – here’s to wishing all of our supporters a wonderful holiday season and we can’t wait to see you in the New Year! 

Samantha, Market Manager

 Golden Gecko Coffee at the market.

Golden Gecko Coffee at the market.

 Fresh produce at the market!

Fresh produce at the market!

2015 was the year that I joined the Many Feathers. I was inspired by the team, and was able to see ideas come to life as we started the Many Feathers Market. It was a unique journey because we had never created something as big as the market. We’ve learned what works and what needs work and come together closer as a team. The best part of the market was the people we would meet, the vendors and visitors (and their dogs!). We created a positive space and gave our community access to local farmers and creators.  We’ve established ourselves more, and spent time refining our plans and goals as an organization. We share the vision of empowering our community and promoting sustainability. In the next year we will continue to grow and add a community garden to our list of projects! The upcoming year will present new challenges for Many Feathers but I am excited and driven to have another productive year with the team! 

- Maleeha, Marketing Director

 Fruits from Sun Ray Orchards.

Fruits from Sun Ray Orchards.

 Baked goods from Sun Ray Orchards.

Baked goods from Sun Ray Orchards.

When we started Many Feathers back in 2014, none of us had any clue whether our ideas would ever amount to anything. 2015 was the year that we realized that there was a space for us in our community. Our small group of passionate individuals was finally able to turn our dream into a real, tangible event. From June through November, the biweekly Many Feathers Market drew an average of 1500 visitors, showcased 35 local vendors and producers, as well as partnered with local charities and community groups. Not everything ran smoothly, however; we had our share of obstacles and setbacks, be it bad weather, poor attendance, and so on. Nonetheless, we learned and grew as a team so much throughout this year. There is no better feeling than working towards something you are incredibly passionate about, and to do so with a group of dedicated, inspiring people by your side is even better. Here’s to all that and more in 2016!  

- Nicole, Publications Director

See you next year!