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.


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.