Taking Root #50

Taking Root
Mar. 1, 2017
Become a Vendor at the Brownsville Thursday Market
By Gini Bramlett
For the Calapooia Food Alliance

The Calapooia Food Alliance has played a large role to help secure food sustainability in our local communities since April, 2005. The hard-working board of directors does that in many ways including the establishment of a weekly farmer’s market to help provide local sources of fresh, healthy, local produce. Changes at the market over those years have helped to make the market accessible to those who wish to have a local source of vegetables, fruit and berries from growers they personally know.
This year, to entice more vendors offering produce, plants and food-related crafts and handmade items, the board has decided to offer a no-fee market for those who wish to sell at the Brownsville Thursday Market. As a result,each vendor will be responsible for their own money exchange. The CFA will no longer handle any finances for vendors.
Hours for the new market, which will begin this season on Thursday, April 27, are from 3-6pm, but vendors will have the option to come earlier or stay later, if desired.
All vendors must fill out an application, be familiar with and abide by good agricultural and food safety practices, as well as know market rules and guidelines.
Information regarding licensing is available at the Department of Agriculture and the Linn County Environment Health Department.
Contact Gini Bramlett at rongini98@gmail.com for more information or for a vendor application. Visit gocfa.org for market guidelines and rules.
The CFA has also established a Community Garden offering gardeners without garden space at home various-sized plots of land at low cost. In addition, the community garden provides a learning environment for those who participate. A portion of the garden is also used to grow produce that is donated to local food sharing organizations.
This season, with the newly constructed pavilion, the CFA will be offering various workshops and social events at the garden. More information about spring and summer at the garden to come later.
For more information about securing a plot at the community garden, contact Don Lyon at don@cuephoto.com or 541 654-2052

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