Taking Root #43

Countdown to May 5 for Brownsville Thursday Market

By Gini Bramlett

This year’s Brownsville Thursday Market is stacking up to be bigger and better than ever, with lots of new products, locally grown plants and produce, and handmade, locally made nonfood items for sale.

The fun begins in just two weeks on May 5 at 3pm and runs until 7pm every Thursday through October on the corner of Main and Park streets.

This is your opportunity to buy vegetable and herb starts for your spring gardens, and flowers – both annuals and perennials – to beautify your landscaping. Vendors will also have lots of other plants: Oregon native plants, raspberry plants, hanging baskets and much more.

Fresh locally-grown produce includes rhubarb, lettuce, and garlic, among other early spring offerings. Fresh eggs, rustic breads, pastries including freshly-baked angel food cake and berry bars, homemade berry jams and hot pepper jellies, honey, salsa, nuts, homemade noodles, wild rice, dried legumes and grains to name just some of the offerings this year’s market will provide for shoppers.

Locally-produced non food items include handmade bar and laundry soaps, bath truffles, hand knit wash cloths and handmade wood furniture.

Come and see us at the market every Thursday for the freshest, mostly organic produce and food items you can buy anywhere, and at a fair price.

The Calapooia Food Alliance, your market hosts, will also be offering local honey complete with various local artists’ original works on the labels. The plastic jars are literally works of art, and are great for mailing as gifts for out-of-town friends and family.

Bring your extra seeds too, and “swap” them out with other gardeners at our seed swap. Check out the article in this issue for details.

Be a vendor? Why not?

Become a vendor at the Brownsville Farmers Market! Do you have a small amount to sell, a short season crop or a unique craft you’d like to sell, and/or don’t want your own booth? Let the CFA sell it for you!

To participate, go to www.gocfa.org and read the guidelines. To apply, contact market manager, Diane Remior at 541-359-5898 or farmersmarket@gocfa.org.

Community Gardens

There’s still plenty of time to get that garden growing. If you’d like to garden, but don’t have the space, there are still a few rental plots available – large or small –for a low cost. Plot cost includes water, amendments and use of some tools, not to mention camaraderie and advice.

The Calapooia Food Alliance oversees the community gardens and produce from the garden helps feed those in need in our community. The garden requires a lot of hands, so if you have an hour or two to help out now and then, call Garden Manager, Ally Maser, at 303-726-5719 or email her at gardens@gocfa.org.

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