Clatskanie Farmers Market included in $247,000 Federal Grant Award

The Oregon Farmers Markets Association announced in September that it had been awarded a $247,000 federal grant through the USDA’s Farmers Market Promotion Program and Clatskanie Farmers Market is one of five farmers markets selected to take part in the program. The Oregon Farmers Markets Association (OFMA), in partnership with five small and medium sized rural farmers markets, Oregon State University’s Center for Small Farms and Community Food Systems, and other partners, received this three-year grant to launch the Beginning Vendor Support Network (BVSN), which aims to study and support the role of farmers markets as small business incubators for their beginning vendors.

With the average age of the American farmer steadily climbing, reaching 58 years old as of the most recent USDA Agricultural Census, fostering beginning producers has become a hot topic in food system conversations. Farmers markets are a place where many new producers get their start.  “We know that not every farmer ends their career selling at market, but a great many of them begin their careers there,” said Kelly Crane, OFMA Executive Director. Jen Cheek, Executive Director of the national Farmers Market Coalition agrees: “Farmers markets serve as small business incubators, providing low-barrier entry points into the local foods economy for beginning farmers and food businesses to get started. Just like farmers grow crops, farmers markets grow farmers,” says Cheek.

This program is designed to create a community of practice around the five farmers markets selected for participation, and give them the tools they need to better help their newest vendors succeed at their markets.  The managers of the Albany, Clatskanie, Manzanita, Umpqua Valley and Wallowa County Farmers Markets, will spend the next three years hearing from experts, sharing insights with each other, launching customized support initiatives for their own vendors, collecting sales data and working with consultants. According to Sonia Reagan, “This program is very important to our small community and we are excited to have the opportunity for this support as we seek more concrete access to peer insights and expert resources as we continue to grow our market into its next five seasons!”

Oregon State University is also heavily involved in this project.  OSU faculty will help evaluate the program’s success, conduct research and publish the results to help others who are looking at solutions for these issues.  “OSU Extension is excited to provide research capacity as we partner with OFMA to better understand and meet the needs of local food entrepreneurs who are selling through farmers markets in rural Oregon,” said Dr. Mallory Rahe, Extension Community Economist.  “The OSU Center for Small Farms and Community Food Systems has a long history of partnership with OFMA. We are excited to work with them on this innovative and important new project,” said Dr. Lauren Gwin, Assistant Director of the Center.

The BVSN has already received a great deal of support from Oregon policymakers, including U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley.  “Supporting farmers markets in rural areas and throughout our state is critically important to provide Oregonians access to healthy and tasty local foods,” Wyden said. “The Oregon Farmers Market Association and local farmers markets deserve huge praise for taking a leadership role to ensure that farmers markets develop and grow in rural Oregon while helping to build on the strengths of our state’s signature agricultural economy.”

“We were really pleased to be chosen for this grant award,” said Crane.  “Since farmers markets are the gateway to the local foods economy, it just makes a lot of sense to target our energies into shoring up this important entry point.  I think we are going to be able to do a lot of good together for Oregon’s farmers and farmers markets.”

About Clatskanie Farmers Market

The Clatskanie Farmers Market was organized in the spring of 2014 as a result of positive community interest. After a successful first season, the CFM became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, operating under the guidance of a Board of Directors, with an emphasis on food literacy education and advocacy for our community’s healthy lifestyle. The Market is open seasonally, June through September, from 10am-2pm in Cope’s Park, across from the Clatskanie Library, just two blocks off HWY 30. Clatskanie Farmers Market features a unique green-space setting, weekly live music and a family-friendly outdoor venue to shop for local and unique produce, arts & crafts, and much more!

In 2018, for our 5th season, the Market welcomed over 25% more shoppers, increased overall sales, and saw a peak participation of 20 vendors in August. The Market board of directors and volunteers worked diligently all season to bring special events to our community and fun for all ages. Highlights during 2018 included a special Kids Day, a Bee Education Day, the popular Garlic Festival and a Cider Pressing Season Finale. The CFM gladly accepts EBT/SNAP payments for qualifying purchases and additionally, select farmers honor the FDNP and WIC vouchers. Consider shopping locally for your family’s healthy groceries, ingredients for your next barbecue, unique gifts for those special people in your life, or just come to have lunch and enjoy this weekly fun, community event!  We’ll see YOU at the Market!

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.

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