Community at the Market
Creating and maintaining a sense of community is an important part of the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market. Thousands of people visit us every Saturday, providing a great opportunity for outreach and education related to our regional food system, the environment, arts and culture, and/or government and community services.
In the past, community tables have provided anything from tips on preparing low-cost and local cuisine to low-cost animal adoptions. Be sure to check our weekly calendar to see what's in store. To inquire about scheduling a community table activity, please note the following guidelines:
Table space is donated to qualifying organizations as space permits.
Qualifying organizations are those whose primary activities include providing low- or no-cost consumer education and/or technical assistance services related to agriculture/environment, arts/culture and/or low-income and urban populations within the Capital Region.
NO direct selling, fund raising, political campaigning, petitioning or other solicitation may be conducted at community tables.
TWFM will provide a table and, when possible, access to electricity; organizations should bring their own table coverings, display materials, and seating.
To inquire about availability please send a description of your organization's mission, the proposed activity, and the desired date(s) to email@example.com.
Music at the Market
Live music is what makes our weekly market a true event! We've been wowed by some of the area’s most talented performers, who tell us they love playing for our Saturday crowd. We're always happy to showcase our local talent and welcome inquiries about performing at our market.
TWFM tries to schedule musical performances for every market. Scheduling is on a first-come, first serve basis, with preference given to easy-going performers who’ve received positive feedback from vendors and customers alike. As with any event, performances are subject to change and we ask that you be flexible and understanding.
To inquire about music at the market, please send a sample of your music, performers, and public performance history, along with the desired date(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Performances are booked far in advance, so contact us now for booking inquiries and more!
Volunteer at the Market
Volunteers make our market merrier--be a part of the fun any or every Saturday!
Volunteer opportunities include: working in the Market Tent, set up, break down, surveys, customer counts, market ambassadors, sample days, market events...
Market Set Up (7:30 - 9 am) and Breakdown (2 - 3:15 pm): heavy to light lifting, with plenty of time to relax and shop the market. Join us before market starts to help set up tents and banners, or when market ends to break-down booths and help clean-up to leave Downtown beautiful.
Entrance Booth Attendants ( 9 am - 2 pm): flexible assignments, from staffing tables and greeting customers to light break down. We ask that you volunteer for at least a 2 hour slot, but any help is welcome! Work alongside us at the Market Information Tent exchanging tokens and answering customer questions. Sometimes Vendors will need your help at their booths, or maybe a customer needs guidance. Be a friendly face and a helping hand!
Market Data Collection (9 am - 2 pm): collecting necessary market data and information for future projects, grants, and other opportunities. Are you into numbers or do you have a school project you’re working on involving TWFM? We are always looking for individuals or groups to do customer counts, hold surveys, staff questionnaires, and other opportunities for collecting information about our bustling marketplace. If you have an idea or want to participate, please feel free to contact Liz at email@example.com for a possible collaboration!
The rewards include lots of praise, fun, the chance to meet some great folks, and join a wonderful community! For more information, contact us or stop by the farmers’ market booth any Saturday!