Jan 112016

The  7 “dark” weeks without any farmers’ market open in Benton or Linn counties are over!

Jan. 16 is opening day for the Corvallis Indoor Winter Market. It runs every Saturday for 13 weeks from 9 am to 1 pm at the Benton County Fairgrounds in Guerber Hall. With our 32 weeks outdoors, that makes 45 total market weeks in Corvallis.

As you may know, CAFM does not run CIWM. But to us it’s all in the family, and that collaboration extends to the smaller farmers’ markets in Linn County.

This year CIWM is asking customers to park in the large gravel lot south of the Fairgrounds (access it from Reservoir Road) and walk through covered sheds to the new main entrance on the east side of the building.

You might be walking a few feet further, but it will be a calm and dry experience. The large red Arena hosts events most weeks these days, and it’s good to see Fairgrounds facilities well utilized. Yet the combination of an unstriped parking lot, horse trailers and market customer vehicles has become less manageable.

The market will need to do a little re-arranging of outdoor vendors to fit the new entrance, so be sure to look around for your farmers.

CIWM will be getting not one, but two new food programs this season.

First, it will be one of four markets statewide to pilot the new Double Up Food Bucks program where SNAP redemption will be matched up to $10, allowing up to $20 a week in spending. (The DUFB currency is in a $2 denomination, so exact matches occur at even dollar amounts.)

SNAP tokens will still buy everything they have in the past, but these new bonus dollars, which will look like a colorful playing card, can be spent only on fresh, dried, or frozen whole or cut fruits and vegetables without added sugars, fats, oils, or salt — and including mushrooms, herbs, and dried beans. We think even farmers of non-qualifying products will benefit, because SNAP families will have more spending power overall.

 CAFM will have DUFB at the outdoor markets in 2016, and it will largely replace our purple incentive tokens, which we’ll use for special events.

And secondly, Samaritan’s Cancer Resource Center announced plans to run its That’s My Farmer veggie Rx program at the winter market, starting in mid-February. This program also has been operating at outdoor markets — expanding in 2015 from Albany to Corvallis and Lebanon.


Oct 192015

Get ready to take a big bite out of a crisp, delicious local apple!

National Food Day will be celebrated locally at the Corvallis Farmers’ Market on Saturday, October 24, between 9 am and 1 pm at NW 1st Street and Jackson. Highlights of the event will be free Farmers’ Market tokens for kids 12 and under to spend at their favorite market booths and a community “Apple Crunch” for everyone who is at the market. This celebration is one among hundreds taking place in towns and cities across the U.S. on the fifth national Food Day.

Children 12 and under will be eligible to receive two free Farmers’ Market tokens – a $4 value – while the supplies last. Tokens will be distributed at a special Food Day table under the tent at 1st and Jackson, where customers can also enjoy food samples and pick up information about local food opportunities and initiatives.

The community “Apple Crunch” will take place at 10:30 am, signaled by bells ringing throughout the Farmers’ Market. Each market customer will receive a locally grown apple, and, at the sound of the bells, we’ll crunch in unison! We’ll be joined by millions of people around the country who will crunch into an apple on Food Day in a unifying action to raise awareness about eating better diets for our health and the environment, access and affordability of fruits and vegetables, and supporting local farmers.

The Apple Crunch originated in New York City in 2012, with approximately 400,000 New Yorkers biting into a locally grown New York State apple at the same time on Food Day. In 2013, the Big Apple Crunch in New York City set a world record with 1,000,000 people participating. The activity has spread across the country, and thousands of locations had Apple Crunches for Food Day 2014. Join us for the Food Day 2015 Apple Crunch on October 24!

Nationally, the goal of Food Day is to bring together Americans from all walks of life to advocate for healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way. For further details about National Food Day, go to www.foodday.org.

The local event is sponsored through a collaboration of the following organizations: Corvallis Sustainability Coalition Food Action Team, Corvallis Farmers’ Market, First Alternative Co-op, Slow Food Corvallis, Corvallis Environmental Center’s Edible Corvallis Initiative, League of Women Voters of Corvallis, Linus Pauling Institute’s Healthy Youth Program, OSU Food in Culture and Social Justice Program, Ten Rivers Food Web, and Timberhill Athletic Club Health Promotion Program.

Jun 222015

Farmers’ markets never stop for a holiday!

We do have a few bits of news for those who will be in town and perhaps wanting to bring visitors to their farmers’ market.

In Corvallis, the market will shift to 2nd and B, the city lot at the far south end of 2nd Street. The riverfront area narrows as you go south, so the back of this city touches 1st Street also. But that’s for feet, skateboards and bicycles. Cars cannot get through.

We are moving the Corvallis Farmers’ Market for the Red, White and Blue Festival, and it’s not a bad thing because a parade ends right near us. Details below, but first a note about why you might need to visit the Albany Farmers’ Market.

We are giving out free ice cream sundae samples. Made from Lochmead (from Junction City) ice cream with local berries! Sometimes we score some local chopped hazelnuts also.

You’d be safe planning on hitting the 4th and Ellsworth site from 9-something am to noon. When we run out of ice cream, it’s a wrap.

Posting this a couple weeks out will let you work on logistics in case you want to go to both markets and see the parade.

Corvallis parade  info:

All-American Anyone Can Join, Fabulous, Fantastic Fourth of July Parade:
Assemble at Central Park @ 9:30 am on 8th Street between Jefferson & Monroe. Walkers are first in line. Vehicles are last in line. At 10 am, the Diva will sing the Star Spangled Banner at the corner of 8th & Madison Avenue, and the parade will get underway. Parade goes east on Monroe to 1st Street, turns right (south) on 1st to Washington, turns right (west) to 2nd Street, turns left (south) on 2nd Street and proceeds to the Skate Park where parade disbands and heads down to the “Red White & Blue Riverfront Festival” then paraders can head on home (or spend the day at the Festival!). Parade takes about 30 minutes.



Apr 212015

1978: Albany Farmers’ Market opens on Water Ave. parking lot. It’s the first open-air farmers’ market of the post World War II era in Oregon at the time, but the Newport Farmers’ Market opens within a few months.

1981: The Mid-Willamette Growers Association, which runs the Albany Farmers’ Market, opens a Wednesday farmers’ market in Corvallis near the downtown fire station. Community Services Consortium helps get the new market off the ground.

1982-1987: The Wednesday market shuffles among a number of locations including the south Riverfront and various spots near 9th Street.

1987: The Oregonian reports that there are 12 farmers’ markets in statewide, two of which are in Albany and Corvallis. See http://www.oregonencyclopedia.org/articles/farmers_markets/

1988: The Wednesday market, still the only farmers’ market in Corvallis, settles at the Benton County Fairgrounds. Although it moves around that facility seasonally, the market experiences a period of stability.

1990-91: Farmers wanting a Saturday venue in Corvallis, unable to persuade the MWGA to open another market, start the Corvallis Saturday Farmers’ Market Association. The new market opens in 1991 on Madison between 1st and 2nd streets.

1992-1998: Complaints about parking lead city officials to shift the Saturday farmers’ market for 1992 into a parking lot on the Riverfront. As the market grows, it shifts north a block to a larger parking lot. Other businesses start to open nearby, and momentum builds to rejuvenate the area.

1997-1998: The two farmers’ markets run by the MWGA have outgrown their informal management structure. Farmers and community leaders urge CSFMA to run all three markets under one organization. CSFMA is renamed Corvallis-Albany Farmers’ Markets.

1999-2002: The Saturday farmers’ market in Corvallis shifts to the City Hall parking lot for a period of Riverfront construction. Another short-term move is needed in 2002 because of construction at the bus terminal. The Saturday farmers’ market heads to 2nd & B for a year — coincidentally where the Wednesday market operated from 1982 to 1984.

2003: The Saturday farmers’ market returns to the north end of the riverfront but as a street closing — as it is today.

2007: The Albany Farmers’ Market moves from Water Ave. to the City Hall parking lot and a portion of 4th Avenue, where it is today. Albany Farmers’ market is the oldest market of its kind in the state. Unlike the Corvallis markets, it moved just once.

2009-10: the Wednesday farmers’ market leaves the Benton County Fairgrounds for the south Riverfront. At the suggestion of the newly created Downtown Commission, the market operates from 3 to 7 pm. A sewer project in 2011 requires the Wednesday market to move into a portion of the Saturday site. Once the sewer construction is over, market organizers decide to stay.