Shawano Farmer’s Market names market director

The Shawano Farmer’s Market has a new director.

Jennifer Langlois was named to the newly created position of market director of the Shawano Farmer’s Market, according to Dr. Richard Sarnwick, president of the market’s board of directors.

The market, held on Saturday mornings from June until October in the parking lot at City Hall, will open its third season June 19.

“The Shawano Farmer’s Market has significant potential for growth as more and more people attempt to improve their health and support sustainable agriculture by eating fresh, locally grown foods,” Sarnwick said. “The board has decided that a market director can help make that happen.”

Langlois, a stay-at-home mom who also serves as secretary of the board of Shawano Preschool Center, was among the early volunteers at the market. In her new eight-month position, which begins April 1, she will be responsible for signing up vendors, enforcing market rules, scheduling volunteers, maintaining records and responding to inquiries from the public.

“My goal is to help the market’s board continue to build a vibrant, diverse market with long-term viability,” Langlois said. “The market is a fantastic asset to the Shawano area community. With its festive atmosphere the market is a fun place to gather and socialize as well as buy delicious food, artwork and crafts.”

Last season, the market had about 30 vendors each Saturday selling locally raised fresh vegetables, fruit, meats and a variety of crafts.

Langlois said the market is seeking additional vendors. For more information on the market, call 715-851-0308.

“I think Shawano’s Farmer’s Market will have increasing relevance and opportunity for growth as more people become aware of the beneficial impact that eating fresh, locally grown foods has on their health, the local economy and the environment,” Langlois said.

Langlois, 40, who has a master’s degree in wildlife ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has completed the Leadership Shawano County training program, previously served on the Shawano Housing Authority and she serves on the Church Renewal and Missions Committee at Peace UCC.

Langlois has worked previously for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and University of Wisconsin Extension. She lives in the Town of Richmond with her husband, Jeff, and children, Allison, 6, and Ben, 4.

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