Our Volunteers

Our Volunteers

Susan and I moved to the Charles Town area in the Spring of 2013, found and fell in love with the Farmers Market, and became regular customers. The following year, when Fiona put out a request for volunteers, we were happy to become part of the Market. Currently, the Market enjoys the services of several volunteers contributing to the vitality of the endeavor.  Saturday mornings on Samuel Street are pretty busy, starting at about 5:00 a.m.  After setting up all of the traffic controls, and the Information and Music tents, we fan out among the incoming vendors to assist them with unloading and setting up their wares, as needed. During the Market, we work in the Information tent, do census counts, and interact with our patrons. At noon, we tear it all down and pack it away until next Saturday.  Overall, I’d say the success of the Charles Town Farmers Market is the result of a very positive and generous communal effort, and something Charles Town can be very proud of.

Chuck has been a market shopper, vender, and supporter for over 10 years.  He volunteers and supports the market for many reasons.  First, he’s Fiona’s husband, next he loves to eat and cook (in that order), also he thinks farmers markets are the best way to eat well, build community, cure society’s problems, and generally live “the good life”.   He can be found near the market management tent, making bad jokes, talking about food and travel (in that order), and is happy to riff on recipes or cooking techniques for food found at the market.  He looks forward to the first weekend in November when everyone in his house gets to sleep in on Saturday.  

When my family chose to move to Charles Town in the Summer of 2019, the presence of a Farmers Market in town was an important factor in our choice. On the very first Saturday we spent in town, I visited the market, and loved its atmosphere! Over the remainder of the season I became more familiar with the different vendors, and started recognizing familiar faces, neighbors, and the volunteers! It proved a great way to smoothly settle into our new life. When the pandemic compromised the 2020 season, I contacted the market, and asked if I could help them as they were adjusting to new challenges, and… here I am today!
Every Saturday, you’ll find me helping set up the market, giving a hand to vendors as they come in. Later I’ll be welcoming and greeting customers as well as helping them with their snap or market bucks transactions. Finally, when the clock strikes 12, I’ll help get everything off the street.
I also volunteer with Charles Town Now, and have found it a perfect and complimentary endeavor! I am also an avid gardener and belong to the Dolley Madison Garden Club -several of our members are in fact regular customers, and I love to catch up with them then! 
We are fortunate to live in a wonderful little town, full of inspiring and welcoming people, and I am only too glad to volunteer to give a little something back.

Fiona was born in California and grew up a beach girl.  She had no interest in local foods, agriculture, or seasonal eating (everything is always in season in CA!).  Fiona graduated from Humboldt State University with a degree in Natural Resources and has always loved the outdoors, nature, camping, and hiking.  She worked all over the west for the National Park Service, the USDA Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and California State Parks.  Fiona started out as a vendor at Charles Town Farmers Market  (CTFM) in 2009, and started managing the market in 2012.  At the close of 2014 she ceased being a vendor and turned to “just” managing the market.  In addition, she serves as a board member for West Virginia Farmers Market Association and Jefferson G.A.P. Coalition, and dabbles in helping organize various community events.  When not at the market she enjoys spending time on her property with her husband and her cats, watching professional tennis and NFL football, and going running on the rural roads of Jefferson County.  She also appreciates down time, a good book, and a well-mixed cocktail.  Cheers!

Todd is a lifelong resident of Jefferson County and has been a working musician for 40 years. Todd’s family goes back in Jefferson County to the 1700s.  Todd is one of the founding members of the Charles Town Farmers Market, serves on the Charles Town Parks and Recs Commission as well as the Charles Town City Council.  Todd oversees GAP’s day to day business affairs and as support staff for Bushel & Peck and CTFM. 

Thank you so much to all of our wonderful volunteers! Without you, this would not be possible.

Todd Coyle

Chuck Dunkerly

Darrell Jones

Sue Donoghue-Rick

Virginie Bauer

Fiona Harrison

Bill Strider

Joslyn Noland

Darius Jones

Jen Fountain

Jim Donoghue-Rick

Paul Bauer

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