The La Grande Farmers’ Market officially opened Saturday, May 18. The market provides fresh local produce and hand-crafted wares to the community on Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon and Tuesdays, 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. until Oct. 22.
The goal of the Farmers’ Market is to “create venues where local farmers can connect directly with La Grande consumers, to build community in our rural urban setting, and to provide public education on regional farming, gardening and food preparation.”
La Grande Farmers’ Market is operated by a paid manager and governed by an all-volunteer board. It is funded through vendor fees and contributions made during an annual fund-raising dinner. The market does not receive city, state or federal funding.
The Farmers’ Market website states that, “The mission of the La Grande Farmers’ Market is to enhance the economic sustainability of our region’s farms by providing a venue for the exchange of quality locally grown goods while creating a vibrant community gathering place.”
Fresh produce is not the only thing that is for sale at the Farmers’ Market. The many market vendors provide a variety of goods to the community.
Donna’s Handcrafted Jewelry, a vendor from Cove, Ore., provides handmade jewelry at reasonable prices. Heritage Needlework, a local vendor ran by Sue Brady, offers hand spun and hand dyed yarns, as well as spinning fiber for knitting and crochet projects. Brady also offers finished goods for purchase. These are but two vendors found at the Farmers’ Market; there are many more to be explored.
The La Grande Farmers’ Market is also a great place to listen to local music. Every Saturday and Thursday, market shoppers can hear a sampling of the different types of music played in La Grande and the surrounding area.
For more information on the La Grande Farmer’s Market, visit http://www.lagrandefarmersmarket.org/
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27 – Dakota Brown Band – Soulful alternative acoustic
31 – Thacher Carter & Friends – Fingerstyle guitar magic
28 – Kupenga Marimba – African Rhythms – KIDS’ DAY!