Corvallis-Albany Farmers’ Markets is a farmer-led nonprofit that operates outdoor farmers’ markets in Corvallis and Albany and otherwise promotes and assists farm direct marketers whose farms are located in six counties: Benton, Linn, Lincoln, Lane, Marion and Polk. Our membership is made of up 140 small family-scale farms. Farm direct marketing is a direct link between consumers and producers that prohibits resale and promotes transparency and traceability. CAFM has a longtime commitment to enhancing access to high quality, local food among ALL members of our community. We are deeply engaged in nutrition programs (SNAP, SNAP matching programs, gleaning, Farm Direct Nutrition Program) that promote food justice and equity.
Our goal is to provide highly visible, centralized locations in Corvallis and Albany for mid-Willamette Valley and Coast Range farmers and gardeners to market their high-quality produce directly to consumers.
Farmers’ markets contribute to livable communities and meet other community needs that had been swept aside in pursuit of a “modern” food distribution system. Farmers’ markets:
- Educate consumers about how their food is grown and processed.
- Support small family farmers, whose continued existence depends on direct marketing opportunities, and related small-scale economic activity.
- Protect air quality and the environment by shortening the distance food travels from farm to consumer and by encouraging sustainable agriculture practices.
- Create a community activity that helps revitalize downtowns, riverfronts and other community resources.