Internships available with the Tacoma Farmer’s Market

Love to eat?  Committed to issues of sustainability and food justice?  Interested in spending the summer working with food? The Tacoma Farmers’ Market is looking for a couple of people to help with three programs.  Two are located at the Downtown Broadway Market, and another would work with customer service and market set-up. Programs include:

  • FRESH Kids Cook! (Once or twice a month July and August)

At these classes, kids learn about the seasonality of food, meet local farmers, and gain first-hand experience preparing ingredients purchased fresh at the market. Classes are taught by local Tacoma Chefs and include a guided market tour, hands-on instruction and recipes to take home so students can share what they learn with family and friends.

Intern position includes coordinating chefs to do the classes and then implementing the program at the market, including assisting with a tour around the market, setting up the demo station and assisting the chef.  A foodie who loves kids, who is outgoing and personable would be a great fit for this program. Organizational skills and social media experience would also be an asset. The time commitment would be 8-10 hours a week, with Thursdays being mandatory and the other day being flexible.

  • Local Lunch Box (Every week July-August)

The Local Lunch Box invites families to experience the world of FRESH, healthy and fun food choices from the farmers market. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a market scavenger hunt, learn how to cook simple kid-friendly recipes, play nutrition bingo, create vegetable poetry, and make a one-of-a-kind lunchbox to take home and fill with local, seasonal food.  The Local Lunchbox Program hopes to teach families how to eat healthy lunches, facilitated by cooking demonstrations and food tastings at the market.

Intern duties for this program will include coordinating chefs/cooks/nutritionists to do demonstrations, recipe card development and a lot of vendor/farmer research and interaction, social media and outreach. Again someone with a strong love of food, farming, sustainability, etc., who is outgoing and personable and who has strong organizational and communication skills, as well as social media would be ideal. The time commitment is 10-15 hours a week, with Thursdays being mandatory and the other day(s) being flexible.

  • Market Customer Service Intern

This is for someone who is really interested in the nuts and bolts of the farmers market operation. Duties would include set-up and tear-down of the market, customer service in the market information booth, assisting with market programing and all other on-site related activities. A strong work ethic and a strong back are required for this position, as well as, a positive and shiny personality and someone who enjoys customer service and has a passion for farmers markets. Time commitment would be Thursdays 7am-5pm.

Benefits of being an intern at the farmers market include a grocery stipend each month and lots of good fresh food! We work hard and have a lot of fun!

Interested students should contact Cayenne Chonette:  cayenne@tacomafarmersmarket.com