Update to Planning for the 2020 Season

The Clatskanie Farmers Market will open its seventh season on Saturday, June 20, 2020. This Market promises to be “unusual”.  The pandemic has upset the plans of the entire world.  The Clatskanie Farmers Market has experienced our fair share of that uncertainty.  The community will still have access to most of our produce and goods, but the presentation will be unique and we will offer two ways to engage with the Market.

Option #1

Socially Distanced Market in Cope’s Park from 10am to 2pm on Saturdays through September.

COVID-19 remains a challenge for all of us in the Market Community.  Farmers markets are considered an “essential” function, but it is still critical to follow best practices to keep our customers and vendors safe.  After much deliberation, the Market Board, in conjunction with City staff and the Parks and Recreation Department, has decided the best course of action is to return to the expanses of Cope’s Park.  Our Community loves its artists and makers.  Moving to this larger venue will allow us to safely include them with the prescribed social distancing.  We intend to provide our community with produce, value added products, arts/crafts and food that will nourish and sustain us through these tough times and do it in an environment that is safe for everyone.

We have spent years developing the Clatskanie Farmers Market into the Coolest Little Market in Oregon.  We have encouraged our community to buy local products and linger in the Market to enjoy music and educational opportunities, eat good food and visit with friends and neighbors.  However, COVID-19 regulations have made us stand back and try to understand how the Market’s mission needs to evolve during this unique and (hopefully) temporary time.  We are still about community, but the emphasis will be put on safety for all of us.  As Columbia County moves through Phases 1 and 2 of their COVID-19 response, our board of directors will be working closely with the Oregon Farmers Markets Association and the Governor’s office.  We will adapt the Market according to their Best Practice recommendations.

Option #2

HUB Pick-Up Market for Online Orders on Conyers St. from 10 am to 12 noon through September.

Shoppers may use a drive-up/pick-up feature this season.  Online ordering and purchasing can be done through our website *coming soon!* – just follow the link on that page for WhatsGood – https://sourcewhatsgood.com/.  Preorders can be made from a variety of local Clatskanie Farmers Market vendors.  Each Saturday from 10-12 prepaid online orders can be picked up at the HUB located in the public parking lot, behind Colvins and Conestoga on NE Conyers St., where a cheerful volunteer will bring your order out to your vehicle.  Check out our 66 foot long wall of flowers across the street.

SNAP and FDNP

COVID-19 and its subsequent financial impact have hit all communities.  We want to make food from the Clatskanie Farmers Market available for everyone in this time of need.  Our new Market Manager, Wanda Harris, has worked hard to ensure that we can accept SNAP this year (with Double Up Food Bucks) and FDNP vouchers.  We are excited to effectively serve all of our shoppers.

Many of our vendors have been inspired by the challenge of these times and have upped their production.  New greenhouses and vegetable beds have been pressed into production to meet what we see as a basic community need.  We are honored to be of service.

So, if you’ve missed fresh and local produce, arts, crafts, and maker goods, Cope’s Park is where you will find them, Saturdays 10-2, June 20th through September, or the HUB pick up site on Conyers.

See you soon at the Coolest Little Market in Oregon (socially distanced).

Please visit our website for links to the updated 2020 Vendor Handbook and Application.  Our revised documents mark the complexity of these COVID-19 times.  The decisions we are making as an organization are not easy or simple, but they are justified in our efforts to remain open as an essential business while providing our community with fresh, local products in a safe and healthy way.  ~ CFM

Clatskanie Farmers Market offers a FREE marketing workshop!

Marketing, Promotion & Brand Development: How to develop your brand, utilize social media and promote your business!

Read all about it: ClatskanieFarmersMarket.com

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In conjunction with the Beginning Vendor Support Network project, and with the generous support and funding through the Oregon Farmers Markets Association, the Clatskanie Farmers Market is excited to bring this FREE training to you!  We welcome new & returning vendors, and members from our local small business community, too!

Marketing, Promotion & Brand Development: How to develop your brand, utilize social media and promote your business” focuses on the core work of developing a solid brand identity and will be geared towards new business owners and new farmers markets vendors, as well as anyone who’s considering a re-brand.  Using examples and provided tools, you will be guided into building a good foundation for your future marketing activities.  A brand is much more than a logo, and in this workshop you’ll receive help in identifying your value proposition, your own “story” and your own brand identity.  You will also be provided tips & tricks to easily utilize social media for marketing!

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This dynamic workshop is brought to you by Kate Morton and Chris Orcutt.  Kate is the Associate Brand Manager for Tillamook Country Smoker and Chris is the Director of Marketing for OpenDoor Coliving.

 

How do you join in this FREE event?

  1. Fill out a brief interest form to request access to the marketing materials, the recorded webinars and an invitation to the *virtual* live Q&A Event on May 16th at 3pm: https://tinyurl.com/CFM-marketing-interest-form
  2. Check your email for the marketing materials, webinars and invitation to join us on May 16th.
  3. Download and print the worksheets to fill out as you learn how to create your brand identity.
  4. View two pre-recorded webinars: First watch the “Developing a Brand Identity” video, taking time to pause and work on the suggested activity. Then, learn cool tips & tricks as you watch the “Developing a Social Media Strategy” video.
  5. Send your questions to our marketing professionals at: https://bit.ly/clatskanie-brand.
  6. Join us for a *virtual* live Q & A on May 16th at 3:00 p.m. with Kate & Chris! Register in advance: https://tinyurl.com/CFM-live-Q-A-registration.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Wait… there’s more! If you are a new or beginning vendor in the Clatskanie Farmers Market, and you participate in this workshop AND you view the recorded 2020 Vendor Orientation *coming soon* you will be entered into a drawing to win a FREE hour long coaching session with Kate & Chris on your own business marketing, promotion and brand development!  Drawing will be held on August 8th to celebrate National Farmers Market Week!

Our marketing professionals have also graciously offered a limited number of discounted coaching sessions, open to vendors of the Clatskanie Farmers Market. Please inquire directly with Kate and Chris about this wonderful opportunity.

We would like to thank Kate & Chris for their willingness and flexibility to quickly pivot into this online delivery – we are so grateful to be able to offer this FREE workshop to our farmers market vendors and fellow small business owners.

Rebuilding our economy and strengthening our local food system will take efforts from the entire community… and there has never been a better time to invest in developing your business skills!  Please join us in this remarkable adventure!

Questions?

Kate Morton: kemorton2@gmail.com

Chris Orcutt: chris@radicalsocialmedia.com

Amanda Cross, OFMA Project Coordinator: amanda@oregonfarmersmarkets.org

Sonia Reagan, CFM Outreach Coordinator: clatskaniefm@gmail.com

Wanda Harris, CFM Market Manager: cfmmarketmanager@gmail.com

Swing into Spring 2020!

**UPDATED 3/19/2020: Regrettably, this event has been canceled. We’ll see you all in June!

It’s time to Swing into Spring! Join Clatskanie Farmers Market for this special springtime crafters and garden sale on Saturday, April 25th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Clatskanie Middle High School. Vendor spaces will be available in the commons and outside under the covered sidewalk area.

It’s never too early to be planning for spring! This spring sale provides vendors the opportunity to showcase their own handy work. Clatskanie Farmers Market is seeking a variety of vendors for this event: growers, gardeners, crafters, bakers, artists, food vendors, and more!

The Clatskanie Farmers Market mission is to provide a community venue for farmers and artisans to sell, and for shoppers to buy locally. Come and share some spring right here in Clatskanie!

Download the 2020 Swing Into Spring Application and reserve your spot now! Details for set up and take down, and other important information will be provided by the beginning of April. Hope to see you there!

Event coordinator: Lynn Green, (503) 728-4723, clatskaniefmtreasurer@gmail.com

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We are Hiring!

Do you LOVE your local Farmers Market? Come join our team!

Open Position: 2020 Season Market Manager

The Market Manager is responsible for vendor oversight and management. This position will be responsible for collecting data and for the day to day operations of the Market, from Feb-Oct, 2020. This is a part-time, contracted, seasonal position for the 2020 Market season. Please read the Market Manager Job Posting for complete details HERE.

Open Position: 2020 Community (Co-Op) Booth Manager

The Community Booth Manager is responsible for the operation of a seasonal Co-Op booth for the Market. This position will be responsible for providing local non-professional growers a means of sharing their bounty with the community while helping these smaller growers expand their business and learn marketing skills, from Feb-Oct, 2020. Please read the Community Booth Manager Job Posting for complete details HERE.

CFM is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome all qualified individuals in accordance with the law without regard to their race, color, creed, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, military status, political opinion, national origin, familial status, mental and physical disability, gender identity, source of income, disability or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law in all personnel actions including recruitment, evaluation, selection, promotion, compensation, training, and termination. We will provide reasonable accommodation unless it creates an undue hardship on the operation of our organization. Any applicant needing reasonable accommodation should notify us as soon as possible.

Clatskanie Farmers Market
PO BOX 1501
Clatskanie, OR 97016

The Market is moving to a closed street venue for 2020. Conyers Street off Hwy 30 leading towards Copes Park will be the location for our 2020 season!

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Celebrating the Last Market Day of 2019 – Annual Cider Pressing Festival!

As our 6th season draws to a close, we would like to invite folks in our community to bring their own apples down to the market and we will press them for you! Bring your clean juice containers, too! We’ll have a wagon to help you tote them from your car, and provide the pressing and manual labor. This is our popular annual Cider Pressing Festival, and an awesome way to welcome the Fall Season!

Come down to see what treats our farmers, bakers and makers have in store for you tomorrow, and say goodbye until next season! Special musical guests: Jeff and The Bloomers! Read more in our last newsletter of the season HERE!

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September means only FOUR more market days left!

That’s right!  You better make your way down to the Market, and quickly… fall is approaching and CFM only has FOUR market days left.  Thinking of fall, here’s a recipe for roasted root vegetables.  How many of these ingredients you can find at the Market this weekend?  MEANWHILE, preview our weekly newsletter and vendor lineup HERE!

Market Fresh Roasted Root Veggies: This is a robust, flavorful one-skillet recipe sure to please!  Serve as a side dish with roasted chicken, grilled steak or fresh fish!  Use any leftovers in a breakfast hash with eggs, cheese & sausage!  The best part about this recipe?  You can customize it based on your taste preferences and use produce that is fresh, local and in season!

  • 6 cups root vegetables, cut into ½” cubes, such as parsnips, red or white potatoes, turnips, rutabagas, sweet potatoes, carrots, celery root, and red or golden beets. Scrub veggies well, and peeled if desired.
  • 1 onion (sweet, red or white), chopped
  • 2 or more garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 or more TBSP chopped fresh herbs such as rosemary, thyme or parsley
  • 2 TBSP oil, lard or butter
  • Splash of broth or white wine
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • Parmesan cheese, optional

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic and all vegetables except fresh herbs; sauté until vegetables begin to soften, 6 – 7 minutes. Add herbs and a splash of broth or wine.  Reduce heat to medium and cover skillet. Cook until vegetables are tender and liquid is absorbed, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 9 minutes more.

Remove lid, return heat to medium-high, and cook until vegetables brown, just a few minutes more. Generously season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Serve topped with Parmesan cheese, if desired. Also, try adding bacon or sliced kielbasa to this dish!

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Summer may be winding down, but the produce is ramping up!

This is our last market day in August!  Summer seems to be winding down, Labor Day BBQ plans are being made, and school resumes soon, but our local gardens are really ramping up their production!

Try out this fresh pesto recipe, using ingredients you can purchase at the market this weekend!

Market Fresh Kale & Basil Pesto

This flavorful pesto is made with fresh kale, basil, pine nuts, walnuts and extra-virgin olive oil.

  • 2 cups kale (approx. 1/2 bunch)
  • 1 cup fresh basil (approx. 1 bunch)
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts*
  • 1/4 cup walnuts*
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 to 2 TBSP nutritional yeast (optional)*
  • sea salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (or to taste)

To make the pesto, first clean, dry and remove the stems from the kale and basil. In a food processor, purée the kale, then remove and set aside.

Next, purée the garlic. Add the pine nuts and walnuts and pulse a few times. Then, add the puréed kale & the basil and pulse a few more times.

Once you reach the desired consistency, start to drizzle in a bit of olive oil. Ultimately, you can add as much or as little olive oil as you like.

Taste for seasoning, adding nutritional yeast, salt and pepper to taste. Note that the nutritional yeast is optional, but it does add a nice cheesy flavor to the pesto.

The pesto will keep for a couple of days in the refrigerator, but it will be at its best and brightest if used immediately. Alternatively, it can be frozen for later use.

*Note: You can use any nut or combination of nuts you like – almonds, pine nuts, walnuts all work well (I like cashews!) For a nut-free version, omit nuts or use sunflower seeds instead! Parmesan cheese may be used in place of the nutritional yeast.

Read more, and preview this weekend’s vendor lineup in our weekly newsletter HERE!

Speaking of Market Fresh Recipes… did you attend the 5th annual garlic festival? Remember all those free tasty bites at the sampling booth with Chefs Marc & Valerie? Well, here is their recipe collection! (Rumor is that garlic is still for sale these days in the Market, too!) Check it out: Recipe Collection for CFM 2019 Garlic Fest!

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