Taking Root #29

Kick Off for “Downtown Thursdays” in Brownsville

By Gini Bramlett

For the Calapooia Food Alliance

Many businesses in downtown Brownsville will be open late to help celebrate “Downtown Thursdays” on June 25 from 3-7 p.m. in collaboration with the Thursday Farmers Market’s new day and time.

Come celebrate with us to the lively sounds of the Main Street Band performing at the Thursday Market from 5-6 p.m

In addition, sing with Jeana’s keyboard karaoke. Bring your favorite sheet
music or pick from a variety of song books. The magical
keyboard can adapt to your voice range, so come, bring a friend or two and
join in the musical fun.

Bring your chairs or blankets to spend time enjoying the evening’s free entertainment, and take a chance for a drawing for a gift basket full of goodies contributed by the farm market vendors.

The new day and times for the Farmer’s Market is the perfect opportunity for Brownsville residents to bring their family’s downtown, visit the market and see what local businesses have to offer.

The Linn County Historical Museum and the Brownsville Art Center will be staying open for perusing, too. The art center sells beautiful local hand crafted art pieces that make great gifts, and there’s always something new to see at the museum.

Marco and Kay will be offering samplings of many of their products at In the Farm Kitchen, and two restaurants; Armando’s and Two Dams will be offering dinner specials.

Also scheduled to be open are the library, Joe’s Place (formerly the Corner Café), Isabella’s Garden, The Knitting Corner, Lisa’s Voce Viva Resale Boutique on Spaulding, Calapooia Watershed and the Video/liquor store, among others.

So far, the Thursday Market has been busy with new vendors, lots of early produce due to the warm spring temperatures, berries, jams, plants, eggs, locally produced poultry, crafts, locally handmade planter boxes and OSU Extension Master Gardeners to answer your gardening questions. And, Marjie Millard, our favorite soap lady, is back with new soap scents and her popular homemade laundry soap.

The decision to change the market day was due to various reasons; one being customers were too busy on Saturdays to take time to visit the market. Another was competition with the larger town’s Saturday markets. Vendors now can sell their locally produced items at both, giving more choices to customers.

Visit us at the corner of Main and Park streets in Brownsville from 3-7 p.m. and see what’s happening downtown on Thursdays.

The Thursday Market and Brownsville Community Gardens are managed under the auspices of the Calapooia Food Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging eating locally, supporting local farmers, and growing your own.

Also, watch for information about the CFA’s “Food for Thought,” formerly called “Munch Night.” The monthly fundraiser offers attendees a generous dinner and dessert cooked just for you by CFA board members, interaction with like-minded people, and a thought-provoking film, followed by a lively discussion, and all for a $10 donation.

For more information about the food alliance and what it does, visit gocfa.com.

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