Oct 132016

cancellation-tomatoesNational Weather Service forecasts of high winds for this Saturday have prompted an unprecedented closure of both the Albany Farmers’ Market and the Corvallis Farmers’ Market on October15.

Farmers will return to Corvallis’ downtown on Wednesday October 19, and the markets will continue every Saturday in both cities and Wednesday (Corvallis only) through November 23, the day before Thanksgiving.

Rebecca Landis, market director for the nonprofit association, said CAFM has never before canceled a farmers’ market. On rare occasions, a market has shut down early. In this case, Landis said, “there is a very real threat of dangerous wind conditions that could hurt farmersand customers both in transit and at the market sites.”

Although rain also is predicted, the market association’s decision hinged on the substantial challenge of keeping market tents firmly on the ground — even with extra weights. Flying tents can cause injuries to customers in addition to property damage.

“I have plenty of experience running farmers’ markets in rain,” Landis said. “If we canceled every time a lot of rain was forecast, we would not have viable farmers’ markets in Oregon.”

May 232016

We were able to start Double Up Food Bucks at Corvallis Saturday on April 16, a little earlier than most other Oregon farmers’ markets.  Since May started we’re been running it in both Albany and Corvallis and both days in the latter city.

Two other Linn County farmers’ markets are signed up. Lebanon Downtown Farmers’ Market opened last Thursday, and Sweet Home Farmers’ Market is opening June 7, a Tuesday.

That’s 4 opportunities per week in Benton and Linn counties to double the amount of fresh and local food a family using SNAP can afford.

Here’s the press release about Double Up Food Bucks from the Farmers Market Fund: 2016-05-10 FMF Press Release – Double Up Food Bucks Launch FINAL

Apr 122016

It’s time to take the wraps off a new farmers’ market season. Some customers and farmers have been attending the Corvallis Indoor Winter Market, but our April opening is still a key event on the local food scene.

Chances are good that you’ll find the same farmers you’ve bought from in roughly the same place. But every year a few farmers want or need a different space, and we have new farmers for you to meet and greet.  In Corvallis, for example, we will have locally raised bison and yak. Be sure to walk around the whole site so you don’t miss anything.

Double Up Food Bucks, a souped-up version of an earlier program, will give SNAP recipients an extra $10 in vouchers for locally grown produce — potentially doubling their spending on fresh and nutritious foods.

In Albany, we are seeking business sponsors for a 9-week Power of Produce program. Kids get tokens to spend at the farmers’ market, and there will be activities provided by OSU Linn County Master Gardeners, YMCA and other community partners. Contact Vonda Peters at volunteercafm(at)gmail.com or (Five Four One) 990.5474.



Feb 092016

2016 applications for our farmers’ markets are open. If you grow agricultural products in one of our 6 counties, please apply. We are here to promote farm direct agriculture. So if you are a crafter, please instead contact the Artisans Faire, which is operated by Hugh White. His phone is 541-231-1841.

See Information for Vendors http://locallygrown.org/home/information-for-vendors/ as a starting point to our process. Mostly it is electronic, and we understand that a few people will need some extra help with it.