Opening in 2021,the Bloomington farm stop is a non-profit agricultural cooperative, operating as a consignment based retail and aggregation space that exclusively sells local food, grown and raised by area farmers or prepared by food artisans. This project is inspired by the successful Argus Farm Stop in Ann Arbor, Michigan and represents an important step toward building a stronger local food system in the Bloomington community. We seek to increase the amount of food that consumers buy from local farms and empower farmers with greater ownership of the food distribution system. The Bloomington farm stop will include two key food sales components: 1) a direct to consumer retail store front and 2) an online market platform connecting farmers & food artisans with institutional food buyers. A small in-store cafe with a full menu of coffee, teas, and baked goods will subsidize operations. This component of the store will also serve to build relationships, by encouraging customers to interact with each other and the farmers who stop by to make deliveries. The farm stop will also host regular events about local food, agriculture, and healthy cooking.
The Bloomington farm stop Manager position will initially focus on developing systems and building a strong team to run this new store, aggregation hub, and cafe. After opening, the Manager will oversee all store operations in order to maximize food and cafe sales. The Manager will collaborate with the Board of Directors in all store planning and mission execution. The Manager must be deeply passionate about local food and farms and committed to the Bloomington community.
Annual Salary: $40,000-$50,000 based on experience after an initial training period paid at $25 per hour.
Paid time off
Health care stipend
Develop operating systems for a new consignment based, local focused grocery, online market platform, and cafe
Hire and oversee a team of staff
Coordinate and plan with local farmers and food artisans to keep the store well stocked
Build positive relationships with the general public and provide excellent customer service
Plan special community events about local food
Develop and execute marketing strategies to promote the farm stop
Prepare and maintain store inventory records, financial reports, and any other required business documentation; submit and authorize payroll; plan and execute annual budgets
Create and maintain a clean, appealing, abundant store aesthetic
Prior experience in grocery and/or farmers market operations
Prior experience in cafe operations
Ability to implement and adapt a business plan
Proficiency with various computer programs including Microsoft Office, Google Suite, WordPress, Quickbooks, social media, etc.
Experience supervising staff
Highly detailed and organized
Ability and desire to work with people of many different backgrounds
Efficient, dependable, adaptable, kind, passionate
Should possess outstanding customer service, listening, and de-escalation skills
Ability to maintain a calm and upbeat demeanor in situations of high volume, stress, or unusual events
Flexible schedule availability
Ability to lift 50+ pounds
Submit a resume and cover letter detailing your interest in this position and relevant experience to email@example.com. Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled but we are hoping to have someone hired by mid-March.