Oct 022014

Can you say sesquicentennial? The Albany Farmers’ Market on Oct. 11 will be throwing part one of a two-day 150th birthday bash for the City of Albany. The 150th anniversary of the city’s incorporation is Oct. 14.

It may look like we are just sucking up to our landlord, who lets us use a really nice market site. But also we really like geeking out on agricultural history and were looking for any excuse to use the demonic-looking apple illustration from Albany’s 1909 Apple Fair. And we love our shot of Mr. Peacock of Albany with his wagon-load of cauliflower. (See the poster image below for a glimpse.)

More party activities will continue on Oct. 12 from 1 to 4 pm at City Hall, with refreshments and the presentation of birthday cards made by children at the farmers’ market the day before.

Day two of the Party of a Century and a Half includes storytellers, contests, trolley rides and more. Details can be found in the September City Bridges newsletter or in this news release.

Posters advertising both days are printed and going up as we find volunteers. If anyone would like to help hang posters in Albany, leave me a message at 541-740-1542 or landisr@peak.org.

Albany 150th Birthday party poster

The Linn County Cultural Trust fully funded our grant for Oct. 11, so we can do a lot of stuff.

The Oct. 11 farmers’ market will add the following activities:

Children of all ages will create birthday cards under the direction of art educator Ann Bose, who operates Art World Learning Center and Gallery in downtown Albany. The Albany Arts Commission is contributing materials.

Special music by two local ensembles: Opus Six, a jazz sextet, and the Santiam Brass Quintet. “Happy Birthday” is likely to make the play list for both groups.

Grain grinding on a special traveling stone or “quern,” with Karen Force of the Boston Mill Society, which supports the Thompson’s Mills State Heritage Site.

Hand-on pioneer era food-related activities for kids, courtesy of Amanda Pool of the Monteith Historical Society.

Apple tasting of heirloom varieties from the Antique Apple Orchard of Sweet Home, served up with a side of Albany apple history. Albany’s Knox Butte area had a branch of a well-known settlement era tree nursery, and in the early 20th century city boosters hosted an elaborate Apple Fair.

Aug 072014

We have been working all season to raise money for SNAP incentive tokens through raffles, donation cans and our Summer Picnic Supper. We’re also selling some donated iris rhizomes at the Community Tables.

Customers who convert at least $6 from an Oregon Trail card into tokens will receive an additional $6 in incentive tokens. There’s a once per day limit, but if you can attend our Wednesday market, that’s an additional $12 a week to spend.

We started offering incentives on August 23 so it could be announced well in advance. And it’s close enough to the start of the school year that many families could use a little economic stimulus.

token SNAP incentive debit