The Haymaker Farmers' Market provides a connection between producers of local food and the community by creating a vibrant and sustainable gathering place promoting direct access to fresh and prepared food, agricultural and environmental education and the arts.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Lizette Royer Barton, President/Secretary
Ami Gignac, Vice President/Treasurer
Katrina Kahout, Vendor
Heather Malarcik, Community Member
Kristen Pool, Vendor
Fritz Seefeldt, Community Member
Emily Collins, Community Member
Haymaker Farmers’ Market was founded in 1992 as a shared vision between Jo Anne Jones, Fritz Seefeldt and Rick Hawksley. The “Haymaker Farm Market,” as it was then known, opened with just four vendors and an article in the Record Courier. The market was organized to provide an outlet for locally grown agricultural products as well as to encourage enterprise in Kent’s struggling central business district. Traffic was slow those first few Saturdays, but as awareness grew, so did the popularity and attendance.
As a volunteer, Fritz Seefeldt managed the day to day operations for over 20 years and witnessed the success and growth of the market. In 2013 Fritz passed the baton to the market’s first paid manager, Kelly Ferry, who oversaw the market’s transition to year round with over 45 vendors offering a wide variety of local fare. Today Fritz is a Board of Director member and Jo Ann, Rick, and Kelly continue to support our vendors while being great friends of the market.