Gina Witz, Sequim Farmers Market board president (at center), cuts a ceremonial ribbon on at the market on Aug. 17, celebrating the market’s designation as a nonprofit organization. Joining her are, among other dignitaries, Sequim Mayor Dennis Smith (center left). Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Gina Witz, Sequim Farmers Market board president (at center), cuts a ceremonial ribbon on at the market on Aug. 17, celebrating the market’s designation as a nonprofit organization. Joining her are, among other dignitaries, Sequim Mayor Dennis Smith (center left). Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim Farmers Market gets nonprofit status

Now in its 24th year, the Sequim Farmers Market is still growing.

On Saturday, market board members, Sequim Mayor Dennis Smith and other dignitaries with the Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce celebrated the market’s recent designation as a nonprofit organization.

Market board president Gina Witz said that in previous years all revenue from the vendors were taxable, but the market can now roll back revenue into the market’s operations.

It will also help with donations to the market as well, Witz said, recalling an instance when market officials were needing to replace canopies.

“We went to local stores. (They said) ‘If you were a nonprofit we would donate’,” Witz said.

Getting the nonprofit status was a lengthy process, she said, but it likely helped that the market had established such programs as Senior Days, Kids Days, food assistance matching programs, and more.

“One of the things I really pushed was, we are a community venue,” Witz said.

The market is looking at using some of the funds to further spread the word about the market and possibly adding “art” in some form to the market’s name.

“Some (vendors) are farmers, some are artists. Some are both. We’re not just (farm produce),” Witz said.

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