By Jordan Wolfe
Grab the re-usable shopping bags; Farmer’s Markets are coming.
One of Tillamook County’s Farmer’s Markets has already kicked off their season and three others will begin next weekend. Every Tillamook County Farmer’s Market will also be offering “Double Up Food Bucks,” to offer incentives to low-income Oregonians who receive benefits through SNAP.
Emily Vollmer, Manzanita Farmer’s Market manager, said, “‘Double Up Food Bucks,’ is a matching program. We match the first ten dollars, so people have twenty dollars worth of buying power at the markets.”
Manzanita Farmer’s Market
Fridays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. (September 9 and September 16 open until 7 p.m.)
June 10 to September 16
Located in Downtown Manzanita, at the corner of Fifth and Laneda Avenue
In its eleventh season, Vollmer said, “We have some great local businesses represented with a number of new vendors and new farmers as well.”
Among the new additions, she added, will be a food cart that features food from local farmers.
“We also have a space where we feature a different winery or brewery. The new distillery at Cannon Beach will be featured as well,” Vollmer said. “They will offer tastings of their products,” she added they will also be offering these products to sell.
Another space features a different non-profit organization every week, according to Vollmer.
“There is a station where kids dog sit. They just ask for a donation. For most of these kids, it’s their first experience as entrepreneurs,” she said, adding for various reasons, dogs are not allowed in the Farmer’s Market, but are welcomed to the dog sitting station.
Vollmer said there will be about 40 vendors, all offering various goods.
“There are farmers, artisans, prepared food vendors, cheese, vinegar, honey, lavender and beauty care,” she said, naming a sample of what people can expect at Manzanita’s Farmer’s Market.
Tillamook Farmer’s Market
Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
June 11 to September 24
Downtown Tillamook at Second Street and Laurel, between the Courthouse and City Hall.
A fun and vibrant Farmer’s Market will continue in Tillamook, according to Dawn Beyer, Tillamook Farmer’s Market Manager.
“We have live music, every week and lots of new and old stuff, this year,” Beyer said. “It’s a community event that brings lots of people.”
Three new additions that immediately spring to Beyer’s mind, she said, was the addition of different vendors specializing in barbecue sauce, wood-fired, brick oven pizza and Brickyard Farms will be joining with different herbs.
“The second Saturday of every month is Kid’s Day. We give ‘Kid’s Bucks’ away to spend on fresh and local produce. We want to empower children to make healthy decisions.”
Pacific City Farmer’s Market
Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
June 12 to September 25
Corner of Camp Street and Brooten Road, on the library grounds at 6200 Camp Street.
Growing in its fourth season, Dawn Beyer, also Pacific City Farmer’s Market manager, said “We offer everything you could want. Awesome crafts and arts, vegetables, meat, fruits, fresh bread, and baked goods. This year, we’ll have prepared foods too.”
When it is available, she said that the market will offer fresh and local fish and crab.
Beyer added that the Farmer’s Market during Dory Days will have fun activities planned, including Belly Dancers.
“We sleep in an extra hour in Pacific City,” she joked about the later start time then Tillamook’s market, “We just hope everyone comes out and supports us.”
Neskowin Farmer’s Market
Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
May 21 to October 1
At the Neskowin Beach Wayside
Holding the title as Farmer’s Market to start the earliest and end the latest, Neskowin Farmer’s Market, according to their Facebook page, said, “We will be here rain or shine every Saturday with the freshest food and friendliest people in town.”
The market is also looking for volunteers 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. to assist vendors with set-up and tear-down.
Their Facebook page offered a review of their opening market on May 21, “Thanks to our incredible vendors, stellar volunteers, and dedicated customers, opening market was a success. Truly an awesome food loving community we have at the Neskowin farmers market.”
The Headlight Herald was unable to reach the Neskowin Farmer’s Market manager for comment.