Markets are SO much more than “just” fresh local food, they bring the community together and act as the modern-day town square….especially this Saturday! Bring your seeds, plants, pots, catalogs…and compassion. Our 3rd annual Seed and Plant Swap this year is alongside a donation collection for the family of the County’s Weighmaster Grady Waxenfelter who was murdered while he worked in early February outside Boring OR. He went to school in Oregon City, his parents still live here and he worked out of the County Facility on Abernathy Rd. Tables will be set up for both the Seed Swap and for donations for Grady’s family….don’t let a few rain drops get in your way!
Fresh spring greens abound this week. RJ Farms and Caldwell Family Farms will be bringing Spinach, Kale, Collards, Rappini, Corn Salad, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Miners Lettuce, Radiccio, Brussel Sprout Greens, Mint, Chives, Onions, Potatoes and 5 colors of Radishes, plus fresh from the farm….hens eggs (RJ Farms) and duck eggs (Caldwell Family Farm).
It’s that time again! Maggys Farm will have a variety of food plants, including grapes in pots and cuttings, Comfrey, Horseradish, Cilantro, Jostaberries, Valerian, Caldwell Family Farm will have Oregano, Thyme, Rosemary and small Raspberry plants and Out in the Garden will have Blueberry plants, Strawberry starts, Grape Plants, Rhubarb Plants, plus Bleeding Hearts, Primulas and other lovely perennials. It’s great when the seasons start to change, you find all kinds of different products arriving at the Market. AND next Saturday (April 5th) you’ll find veggie starts and tulip bunches!!…whoo hoo!
26 local farmers, growers and vendors this weekend. Bringing pastured meats, beef, goat, pork , lamb and chicken, plus farm eggs (hens and ducks), seafood, mushrooms, baked goods, vinegars, preserves, salsa, hummus, organic and fair-trade coffee, roasted nuts, cured pork products, wines, cider, dog treats, goats milk soap and lotions, wood products, landscaping shells, live music..and BBQ!
So…wondering about the Seed and Plant Swap? Well you can bring seeds saved from plants grown last summer or left over from prior seasons. Also plant divisions, bulbs, rhizomes, pots, catalogs and spare garden tools. The seeds should be labeled with variety, location grown and any other pertinent information. Master Gardeners will be on hand to help plus seed expert Shaina Bronstein from Vitalis Organic Seeds!!
If you can grow plants and save their seeds it will help the plants adapt to the local climate, soil type and produce a good seed stock for our communities resiliency. If you don’t have anything to share don’t let that put you off…we’ll have plenty to give away:)
And anything you can donate to Grady’s Family fund will be greatly appreciated! Come down to the Market have fun and enjoy the weekend:)