The Proctor Farmers Market strives to provide the community with fresh, locally grown farm products while providing area growers with a venue for their crops and products. In addition we seek to educate the public about the importance of local agriculture, sustainable business and the impact we have on the environment. Bringing people together at the Farmers Market helps promote a greater sense of community, serves as an educational forum, and helps encourage local business development.
The Proctor Farmers Market’s primary purpose shall be
- To support and encourage local farmers by providing a venue in our urban community for direct marketing of fresh produce and farm grown products
- To be an educational resource to the public highlighting the importance of local agriculture, sustainable business and our impact on the environment.
- To encourage community building and collaboration within the business and neighborhood community that the market serves.
Why isn’t Proctor Farmers’ Market part of the Tacoma Farmers Markets?
We get asked this question a lot.
Proctor and Broadway (downtown) both began in the 1990s. In 2007, Proctor Farmers’ Market joined the Broadway Market in The Federation of Tacoma Farmers Markets to work on promoting farmers’ market culture in Tacoma. The Broadway Farmers’ Market, with help from the Proctor Farmers’ Market, opened the 6th Ave Market in 2008. Proctor, Broadway, and 6th Ave continued to work together on issues that affected all farmers’ markets in the area.
The Broadway Market decided to re-structure itself into a managing body for farmers’ markets in Tacoma, and renamed its organization: Tacoma Farmers Markets. The Proctor Farmers’ Market maintains its independence and continues to make an effort to collaborate with all of the other farmers’ markets in our area.
Why is it important that the Proctor Farmers’ Market maintain its independence?
We are a uniquely structured market for our area. We have a majority-farmer board, with the rest of the board made up of dedicated community members. This committed board helps the Proctor Farmers’ Market stay true to its mission to support local farmers, while educating our visitors, and building community.
How does the Proctor Farmers’ Market support local farmers?
We support our farmers by keeping our fees as low as possible and serving our vendors so that they can serve market customers. You may notice that we are a farmer and food-focused market, not a craft market. That’s intentional and aligns with our mission to support local farmers.
Thank you for your interest in the Proctor Farmers’ Market!