We’re hiring for the 2019 season!
Are you creative, outgoing, energetic, and hardworking?
Do you love the outdoors, people, and fresh, local fruits and vegetables?
If so, we’d love to hear from you!
Joining the Thames River Melons team will guarantee you a summer full of adventure. You will have the opportunity to work outdoors and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine and share the excitement and joy of locally grown produce with our customers.
Additionally, you can look forward to the following perks:
Fresh and delicious produce at a wholesale (discounted) price
A condensed work schedule (3 x 12-hour days vs. 5 x 8-hour days, for example)
Collaboration to create a schedule that works best for both your needs and our farm’s needs
Fun, engaging, and busy days that are never the same!
The satisfaction of educating consumers about how their food is grown and produced
Opportunity for an end-of-season bonus
Requirements and Qualifications:
A hardworking, determined attitude
Excellent verbal and interpersonal communication skills
Positivity and energy
Creativity and resourcefulness
Ability to work well independently and as part of a team
Ability to lift and carry ~20lbs and stand for long periods of time
Basic math skills (addition and subtraction) – without the use of a calculator
Experience in sales an asset
Food Handlers’ Certificate an asset
Interest in becoming part of our community
G-level Drivers’ License a definite asset
Market days begin around 4:30am, ~12 hour shifts, 3-5x/week (to be discussed further)
Farmers’ markets run from Tuesday – Sunday
Must be available to work Saturdays
Market season begins around mid-May and continues into the fall
Pick Your Own Patch and Innerkip Farm Market hours are between approximately 8am and 8pm, Monday through Sunday
We welcome and encourage students to apply for the summer months, and welcome their return in the fall as well
· Farmers’ Markets
Thames River Melons is a fruit and vegetable farm located just outside of Innerkip, Ontario. With the help of family, friends, and our community, we grow, harvest, and sell a wide variety of produce, ranging from rhubarb and asparagus in the spring, to strawberries and melons in the summer, to squash and pumpkins in the fall. Farmers’ markets are an extremely important part of our farm! As a farmers’ market team member, you are a representative of the farm and part of our family.
Through the markets, we not only bring produce to urban areas, but we develop relationships with customers and provide education about fresh, local and sustainable produce, recipe ideas, and the Ontario agricultural system as a whole.
Consumers attend farmers’ markets not just for their weekly fruits and veggies, but also for the overall experience. They want to connect with their food, learn more about how it is grown, and meet the people who help grow it. Because we can’t be in two places at once, we need you to help us create that connection!
If a driver, you will be responsible for driving a vehicle to your assigned farmers’ market (often in the dark). If a helper, you will ride along as a passenger and then continue. All team members will assist with unloading and setting up the market stall, enthusiastically selling produce for the entirety of the market day, packing up at the end of the day, and returning to the farm.
· Pick Your Own Patch
We provide the opportunity for customers to come to our farm and pick their own berries and veggies. We have offered this experience since 1990, and this year we look forward to expanding and improving, with a more permanent location and additional services.
With this expansion comes the need for additional team members – that’s where you come in! We need staff to help us direct customers, operate a shuttle service to and from the fields, and sell our produce and preserves within the on-farm market associated with the pick-your-own patch.
· Innerkip Farm Market
We also operate a farm market on the main street in Innerkip. This is similar to a farmers’ market in terms of set-up and daily tasks, but is open every day throughout the summer, with more regular customers, and a different pace. As usual, though, the expectation is that our farm market team members enthusiastically represent our farm and engage with customers, selling our product and providing recipe ideas and storage tips as required.