Spring fever? Help us make a farmers market or two

The leases are done. The budget’s in place. The vendors are pouring in. Now all we need is … you.

Through many long winter’s nights, Kingfield Farmers Market board members have pounded the details to improve our existing 43rd & Nicollet Sunday market while opening a new Saturday one at 49th & Beard in the Fulton neighborhood.

We can hardly wait for the good folks of Fulton, Lynnhurst, Armatage, Kenny, Linden Hills, Edina and elsewhere to explode out of bed on Saturday (whenever they explode out of bed) and think, “I have GOT to get me some Chef Shack mini-donuts!”

Saturday, May 21, it begins at 8:30 a.m. at Lake Harriet United Methodist Church in Fulton, and the same time the next day in Kingfield. But we need your help to make sure it all goes off without a hitch.

These are community markets, both born from neighborhood residents fired up about tasty food and community fun. At Kingfield, those of us on the all-volunteer board have been gratified by neighbors willing to do a few blocks on our pre-opening postcard drop, or spend an hour helping us set up and take down the market every so often. We’re a nonprofit, and this really helps us stretch our scarce dollars.

This year, we need to build a volunteer cadre in Fulton while keeping our Kingfield corps strong. We can’t promise you much more than the satisfaction of knowing you’ve helped make the joy of the market you love (or will come to love). That said, there might also be piping hot pre-opening mini-donuts and post-set-up veggies from our super-generous vendors.

We don’t need a ton of your time — even a single postcard drop or market shift will be met with extreme gratitude.

There’s no contract signed in blood, but we do need to know who you are. Here are some ways for you to get on our volunteer list.

Depending on which market you swing toward, email kingfieldfarmersmarket@gmail.com or fultonfarmersmarket@gmail.com. You can tweet us @kingfieldmarket or @fultonmarketmn. Or send us a message via our Facebook pages, Kingfield Farmers Market or Fulton Farmers Market.

The more folks we know are interested, the easier it will be to plan — plus the board members can breathe just a bit easier.

This year, we also want to get the word out to those of you connected to neighborhood businesses. We aren’t a business association project, but we’ve been good for commerce. Lowbrow, the new Kingfield eatery, set up shop at 43rd & Nicollet because they caught the market vibe. Sun Street Breads, which will open any day now, got its start at the market (and will be back this year).

Ace Hardware, Linden Hills Co-op, France 44 Wine & Spirits, and Jardin Magico day care/preschool have been tremendous supporters.

If you have a business that wants to reach more than a thousand shoppers each week and at least twice that through our social networking and newsletters, let us know at the addresses above. We’d be happy to tell you about our sponsorship plans, ranging from a single market to a season.

Again, all the money we make and all the good we do goes right back into the communities we love so much. We can’t wait to see everyone soon.