“Farmers Markets are a wonderful gathering place for community.”
And the community gathers every Friday evening in Manzanita to shop, listen to live music, and enjoy each other’s company at the Manzanita Farmers Market.
“It’s a wonderful way to come together for food, art, and for connecting with each other,” Manzanita Farmers Market Manager Emily Vollmer said.”
The Market opened June 8 and Vollmer said things are off to a great start.
“We’re just thrilled with the attendance,” said Vollmer. “Really good vibes from the vendors. I’ve heard from one of the farmers that it’s really good to get back to market, get back into the community, and see faces.”
One hundred different vendors will cycle through the Market during the length of the season with an average of 50 vendors per market.
“Even if you’re a local, there’s going to be something new at Market every week,” Vollmer said. “I think that’s a really great selling point for people who have been before.”
Fans of the Market will be happy to hear that numerous vendors from years past have returned this season including these long time vendors who are celebrating 15 years at the Market: Kingfisher Farm, Bee Shea, Lance’s Farm Vittles, and NeahKahNie Smoke House.
Newcomers this year include North Fork 53 Communitea, Jacobsen Salt Co., Rising Tides Baking Company, and Wolf Moon.
“Wolf Moon has recently opened a storefront in Nehalem selling naturally, leavened sourdough bread and pastries from wild yeast,” Vollmer said. “They were working to bake all their bread for the Salmonberry Saloon in Wheeler and they also do hand-roasted coffee”
Performers, artisans, and demonstrations are the added surprise of the Manzanita Farmers Market. Two different blacksmiths will showcase forge demonstrations and be selling custom pieces; henna and face painting artists will also be available.
“We have a number of different massage therapists rotating through,” Vollmer said. “You can show up, find their booth in the shade, get on their list, and enjoy a nice relaxing massage during your evening.”
Non-profit and community organizations such as Emergency Volunteer Corps Nehalem Bay and Rainy Day Village Network are scheduled to have booths throughout the season.
“It just seems a part of the fuller experience to have information, connections, and the ways to get involved in the community,” said Vollmer said.
Live music, from severla local artists, will further the atmosphere of the Market.
“It’s a pep in your step,” Vollmer said. “And there’s a dining area next to the live music area.”
While Manzanita loves four-legged friends, dogs are not permitted inside the Manzanita Farmers Market. But don’t fret!
“Youth volunteers, for donations, will watch over pets that come with their owners to Market by the main entrance,” Vollmer said. “They’re super responsible and kids who love pets. And it’s neat to see these young people show up every week and interact with people.”
The Manzanita Farmers Market is also a SNAP partner. They will match SNAP dollars, dollar for dollar up to $10 to purchase extra SNAP-eligible products.
The Manzanita Farmers Market opened June 8 and will run through Sept. 14, every Friday evening from 5-8 pm (4-7 pm Sept. 7, 14).