Natural selection


Florence Farmers Market opens for 2nd season

May 25, 2019 — The Florence Farmers Market has begun its second season offering locally grown, organic produce, natural meats and handcrafted food selections. The market sets up on Tuesday of each week at the corner of Bay and Kingwood streets in Historic Old Town Florence from 3 to 6 p.m. The season runs from May to Oct. 15.

The second season of the market features an increase in the number and types of food products available to shoppers.

The market committee organized under the Siuslaw Vision in 2017. Committee members reached out to the public during the off-season, asking shoppers for ideas on what steps can be taken to build on the success of the market’s inaugural season.

Mary Shaw is the president of the Farmers Market and she thinks the additional vendors and added food selections will appeal to the customer base that was established last year.

“The market team did an evaluation of the 2018 season, which included a survey of market attendees,” Shaw said. “One of the questions was, ‘What would you like to see added to the 2019 market?’ Frequent responses included: grab and go food, flowers and sea food. We have a flower vendor this year, Petal Plus Branch, and we now have a baker making both savory and sweet hand-pies, Vine to Table.”

There will also be some activities that are food related for customers to enjoy, including cooking demonstrations and instructional classes from experts in their food related fields.

“The next market on Tuesday, May 28, will feature a free educational class. The May 28 class is Basic Backyard Beekeeping, with Dave Williams of the Lane county Bee Association. The class will be from 4 to 5 p.m.,” she said.

The market has also increased the weekly selection of products available for shoppers.

“New vendors include Ortolan Gardens, who grow beautiful, vibrant specialty greens for salads and garnishes, and Kickin’ Pickles, who, as the name implies, make pickled veggies with a little extra something, like their Kickin’ Garlic and Dills, Pickled Beets and Jalapeno Bread and Butters,” Shaw said. “Expect to see favorites like L’Etoile, certified Oregon Tilth Organic produce; Ambrosia, certified naturally grown produce; and Greenfields Farm, Green Valley Farm, Rainforest Mushrooms, Aronia Bijou Shrubs, Marcy’s Sourdough and Sweet and Fog Hollow, bringing their pastured poultry and eggs, plus lamb, beef and pork from Fair Valley Farm.”

The Florence Farmers Market is committed to addressing the issue of food insecurity and accepts SNAP and WIC benefits. The market matches up to $10 in additional funds to be spent at the market under the “Double up” program.

For more information on the Florence Farmers Market, call 541-590-2425 or visit www.florencefarmersmarket.org.

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