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