The market is home to fun and educational events. Some, like OSU Extension Master Gardeners and Master Food Preservers, are regularly scheduled, while many others occur only once or twice per season.
We book live music for most weeks of the season, and buskers add to the atmosphere.
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
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.
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.