We are getting ready for the 2015 Season… are you? What new and exciting times in Clatskanie, right? People from all over the local area got together last year and formed a successful farmers’ market that brought neighbors, farmers, crafters and tourists all together.
The Clatskanie Farmers’ Market mission is to support local sustainable agriculture by connecting the public with local farmers, artisans, and other producers in an economically viable marketplace. The Market serves as a community venue for small producers in order to encourage the creation and growth of local agricultural businesses. The Market also promotes food security and local food literacy by offering a variety of fresh food products and nutrition education, and in such is providing mutual benefits for both local producers and consumers.
The Market is planning for a wonderful next season. We are now operating with a 9-member board of directors, and we will have an on-site market manager during the summer to facilitate vendor to customer interactions and staff the information booth. The market’s special events team is planning to introduce a number of education-related events including a wellness day, cooking classes, children’s activities and a Master Gardener booth. We hope to hold a spring plant & seed sale, try out a Friday evening market time and even hold a special mid-summer Taste of Clatskanie event!
Additionally, we have teams of volunteers working on advertising such as the banner which will span Hwy 30; our business team is applying for non-profit status and also ensuring that we have operational equipment for processing SNAP benefits; and our PR team is managing the website and social media sites. We still have many positions to fill… please contact us at ClatskanieFM@gmail.com to volunteer!
Overall, we look forward to having more farmer participation and offering a more consistent variety of fresh and local produce this coming season. We now have published the updated Vendor Handbook and Application right here on our website. If you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! Happy 2015!