What’s better than shopping for Thanksgiving on a cold crisp, sunny day directly from the local farmers? You will find 25 farmers and vendors this Saturday, Nov. 23rd , on 8th St at Main, 10am-2pm. Wrap up warm, grab a basket and head on downtown. Parking is easy and free on a Saturday. Grab a cup of hot delicious coffee….yes NEW vendor Vul Coffee (certified organic and fair trade) will have both drinks and beans….and pick up a slice of wood-fired pizza baked on site by (NEW) Big O’s Pizza! Live music (10-1) by Robert Richter…a market fave:)
For veggies and fruits this week, 5 farms will be bringing : Sweet potatoes, four varieties of potatoes, chards (4 colors), kale, spinach, tomatoes (last week due to cold), bell peppers, hot peppers, carrots, beets, cauliflower, onions, green onions, winter squash (many diff. varieties), sugar pie pumpkins, leeks, cabbage, broccoli, cilantro, parsley, garlic, radishes, possibly brussels…and more! For fruit we will have Kiyokawa Family Orchard’s apples and pears and Pitkin Winterrowd Farms quince and persimmons . Check out this recipe for an easy Thanksgiving soup: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/creamy_sweet_potato_soup/
Turkey again? Ring the changes!….Daniel from Sweet Home Farms will have beautiful pasture-raised legs of lamb, pork standing rib roasts, whole chickens, hams…..plus the usual beef roasts and cuts of pork and beef, plus bacon! Wild Oregon will have fresh seafood…check our facebook page for a list later tomorrow http://www.facebook.com/index.php?lh=a70dacddc4127ca1237ae255b59af83c&. RJ Farms and Maggy’s Farm will have hens eggs…stock up for the Holidays!
And talking of holidays, it’s time to think of trees, wreaths and gifts. Home Grown Harvest will start with trees and wreaths this Saturday…you can order a tree for December 7th from them too. This season think about buying practical, delicious gifts from the local market vendors. Blossom Vinegars are now making chocolate truffles…as well as their fruit vinegars, Diana’s Delights new batches of preserves (including whole fruit jams, chutneys, relishes and lemon curd) make great hostess gifts and Diana is taking orders this Saturday for Traditional English Christmas Puddings! Caldwell Family Farm has jams too and pickles.
Vul Coffee beans would go great in a gift basket, along with Green Card’s Salsa, a bottle of wine from Kings Raven winery, a tub of freshly-made hummus , cute little cup cakes from Happy Food Co….wouldn’t everyone love a market gift basket this Thanksgiving? We can sell you $5 market tokens, which make an unusual and welcome gifts (along with a little drawstring bag to put them in, market shopping bag and winter market schedule).
Who needs Malls when you can buy local and sustainably-made gifts from small businesses at the Market? Carl from Spindles and Fiber makes beautiful wooden cutting and serving boards, spoons, pizza cutters, salad tong, weaving spindles and more, plus Judy his wife weaves their animal’s fiber and makes the softest gloves and hats , plus soap which lasts forever. Daisy Fed has restocked all scents of their heavenly Whipped Body Butter (available in handy 3 ounce sizes) and an unscented option as well. Lip Butters, Soap Box Samplers make great Stocking Stuffers along with a Soap Ends package (ends off the loaves of soap), and for the Christmas season only, they’ll have a couple of lotions and face creams….and they have replenished the popular Minted Rosemary Goat Milk Soap. Also don’t forget the dogs…Tanas Treats have been baking all week…and dogs (well behaved and on leashes please) are welcome at the Downtown Markets.
Last Farmers Market (Nov 9th) we raised $1034 in just 4 hours for Officer Robert Libke’s fund…big thanks to all who donated to the fund and to the gift basket we put together for the family. THIS Saturday ONPoint Community Credit Union will staff the donation tables and has pledged to MATCH ALL donations up to $1,000. If you have not donated already or want to again, this is a great way to help us raise $2,000 in just 4 hrs!
Come to Market for community, coffee and cuisine…..! We have the $5 Match for the OR Trail Card…AND the kid’s POP Club goes ALL through the Winter too..whoo hoo!…..giving THANKS for all our customers:)