2017 Bee Education Day!

2017 Bee Education Day!

Clatskanie Farmers Market features the benefits and mysteries of these benevolent pollinators each year. We depend on them for most of what we grow.

Join us for Bee Education Day – Saturday, September 2, 2017 @ Copes Park in Clatskanie, when the market will focus its attention on bees.

In addition to many of your favorite weekly vendors, we’ll have several special guests featuring honey, bee products, and educational displays.

Check out an observation hive to get a glimpse into the life of a colony. See a solar wax extractor. Bring the kids to make a bug/bee home and play with real beekeeping equipment. Taste some delicious food samples made with local honey. Chat with local beekeepers. Shop for fabulous body care products, bee-inspired art, handcrafts and baked goods. The list goes on…. and on.

As usual, there will be live music, food, and fun. Come out and join us as we pay tribute to the bees . The market is abuzz.

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Clatskanie Farmers Market Third Annual Garlic Festival

The Clatskanie Farmers Market is thrilled to announce the occasion of their third annual Garlic Festival on Saturday August 19, 2017 at Copes Park, Clatskanie.

Garlic is as old as the hills.  However, some varieties have only recently been brought to the States since China and Russia (the countries of origin for many strains) have opened their borders to trade; others were discovered closer to us.  Inchellium Red, our largest, most colorful softneck strain, was tracked down in the Colville lands in Washington.  Island Rocambole was developed in the San Juan Islands.  Happily, all of these strains have been successfully grown here in the hills around Clatskanie.  Market farmers selected garlic based on taste, size, and shelf life.  They traveled only a mile or two to market and have been handled with care.  Some of these strains have a shelf life of up to a year!

If you like garlic, mark your calendars.  The Market will have two tapas chefs preparing, on the spot, fresh samples of raw and roasted garlic recipes.  Gazpacho, salsas, soups, artisan breads and more will be available to help guide you to your favorite garlic type.  At least one vendor will be offering comparative samples of raw garlic for the truly brave at heart, or the foolhardy, depending on your tolerance for heat.  As usual, the market will offer supervised children activities and all of our regular vendors will be stocked up.

For a day, Clatskanie will truly be the center of Oregon’s garlic universe.  So, whether you are looking for a single bulb with which to season that roast tonight or for 5 pounds of that hard to find strain, you’ll find it at the Clatskanie Farmers Market on August 19th, 10am -2pm.

See you there!

Vendor Recruitment Underway

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Vendor Recruitment is Underway for the 2017 season!

As members of the Clatskanie Farmers Market non-profit organization, vendors are encouraged to attend board meetings, join committees, help plan special events and get involved!

The next upcoming board meeting will be held at the Clatskanie Elementary School Library on Monday, March 6th, 2017 from 6 PM – 8:30 PM:  Pot Luck @ 6 PM; Meeting Called to Order at 6:45.

In addition to regularly scheduled business, topics on the agenda will include updates on the FEAST grant, this month’s BLOOM event, the Spring Bazaar, the St. Helens Home & Garden Show, our first annual Blueberry Festival, and more!

Come and see the behind the scenes efforts to make the Clatskanie Farmers Market’s 4th season a huge success for all!  This all-volunteer board works tirelessly year-round to grow this organization – come make your voices heard, too!

Note: This board meeting will follow the FEAST/Seed to Supper meeting (4:30pm at the same location).

FEAST Grant & Event

Clatskanie Farmers Market, Clatskanie Baptist Church Backpack Program, and Clatskanie Elementary School have received a FEAST Grant.  FEAST (Food, Education, and Agriculture Solutions Together) is sponsored by Oregon Food Bank to facilitate conversations within communities to identify and collaborate on opportunities to build and/or improve local food systems.

As the name suggests, there is a feast involved.  Participants will be served a meal featuring local produce, after which there will be a conversation identifying the food system needs of the Clatskanie area – both day-to-day and in the event of a disaster (flooding, the Big One, etc.).

After the FEAST event, one to three program suggestions will be identified and funded through a $4000 grant awarded by Oregon Food Bank to implement these programs.  The time-line runs through December 2017 at which time there could be other grants in place to continue the successful programs.

Clatskanie FEAST will be Sunday, January 22, 2017 at Clatskanie Elementary School from 3:30 – 6:30.  Please contact Marianne Velliquette at wishv@kpsventures.com or 503-308-3853 with questions and to volunteer at any level with this community project. To register to attend this event by 1/13/17, visit http://www.eventbrite.com and search “FEAST.”

MISSION:  To mobilize community members  to identify and implement a food system improvement project(s).

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Clatskanie Farmers Market 2016 Annual General Meeting

The Clatskanie Farmers Market will meet for an Annual General Meeting on Friday, November 4th, 2016 @ 6:00 p.m., at the Quincy Grange located at 78314 Rutters Rd. Clatskanie, OR 97016. ** Join us early for a Potluck Dinner at 5:30!**

Agenda items will include, but are not limited to, the approval of minutes from the regular October 2016 Board meeting, officer reports, season 2016 recap, review of by-laws, update on the FMPP grant, and selection of a new Board of Directors to serve for 2017.

All market vendors and members of the community are encouraged to attend. We appreciate your feedback and volunteer support as we plan another great season!

Applications for the Board of Directors are now available: 2016 Board of Director Application, and will be accepted through October 27th, 2016. 

Please mail completed applications to:

Clatskanie Farmers Market
PO Box 1501
Clatskanie, OR 97016

or email to: clatskaniefmsecretary@gmail.com

3rd Annual Fundraiser BBQ!

On Saturday, May 28th, 2016 we will host our 3rd Annual Fundraiser BBQ from 4-6pm in the Clatskanie City Park. Join us for a crowd-pleasing BBQ as we celebrate “National Hamburger Day,” with burgers and all the fixins! Come with your family for dinner in the park and support your local Farmers Market!

Buy your dinner tickets now: stop in at Liney Birds (and check out their delicious baked goods while you’re there) and ask at the counter to buy your BBQ tickets! Or see what’s new at Johnson Family Feed Store when you visit them to buy your dinner tickets! The cost is just $10 for an adult, or $5 for a  youth. We’ll see you there!