‘Local Matters’ education series to begin at Florence Farmers Market

The series offers short workshops on food-related topics of interest to Siuslaw residents

May 1, 2019 — Florence Farmers Market has announced the beginning of “Local Matters,” a free education series available at the market. The educational workshops will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. on the first three market days of the 2019 season: Tuesday May 14, May 21 and May 28. The Florence Farmers Market is located next to the Veteran’s Memorial Park, at the intersection of Bay and Kingwood streets in Historic Old Town Florence.

These events are free and open to the public.

“Local Matters” offers short workshops on food-related topics of interest to Siuslaw residents. These fun and informal education sessions are presented by local instructors and will include plenty of time for Q & A.

The first workshop, “Growing in Florence,” will be held Tuesday, May 14. It will feature a panel of local gardeners sharing their experience and tips for growing food in the Florence area.

On May 21, Jen Nelson will present “Backyard Wild Edibles.” She will share information about edible plants commonly found in backyards.

“Plants that we call weeds are often nutritious and delicious!” says Nelson.

The third and final workshop is “Basic Backyard Beekeeping” on May 28. Dave Williams will provide information on beekeeping, equipment and varieties of honey. Williams is a Journey level beekeeper with the Oregon Master Beekeeper Program and a member of the Lane County Bee Association.

All “Local Matters” workshops will begin at 4 p.m. at the market.

Florence Farmers Market, a nonprofit organization, promotes awareness and access to healthy, local foods for Siuslaw residents. The 2019 season begins May 14 and runs through Oct. 15, every Tuesday from 3 to 6 p.m.

The market offers the Double Up Food Bucks program for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) recipients, allowing SNAP shoppers to redeem up to $10 in matching funds to purchase fresh, local produce.

Florence Farmers Market vendors sell only local foods that are grown or produced within 60 miles of Florence. The Market is fiscally sponsored by the Florence Area Community Coalition and receives funding support for the 2019 season from the Western Lane Community Foundation and the Rosemarie Sweet Fund. Florence Farmers Market is an initiative of Siuslaw Vision.

For more information about Florence Farmers
Market, email [email protected]
florencefarmersmarket.org or visit RiverCal.org.


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