The Corvallis Farmers’ Market returns to the riverfront at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 16. The market is in its 26th season and will be open again every Wednesday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., April through November.
The Saturday market has a changing lineup of 50 or more local vendors each week, providing an assortment of meats, greens and storage vegetables, preserved foods, honey, eggs, and cheese, plus nursery plants and cut flowers. The products featured are grown in a six-county area: Benton, Linn, Lincoln, Lane, Marion, and Polk counties.
This season, the market welcomes several new vendors, including Totum Bonum Family Farm, Green Fields Bison Ranch of Dallas, and Hazelton Farms, raising yak in Kings Valley. Get your Gathering Together Farm buns filled with savory pulled pork and seasonal vegetables at a new restaurant vendor, Burnheimer Meat Co. Or if meat doesn’t meet your fancy, load up on produce and say hello to new Tie Dye Farm, Small Axe Nursery, Rainshine Family Farm, and the Silvernail Farm and Orchard.
Not hungry? Opening day will also feature the Native Plant Society of Oregon, OSU College of Veterinary Medicine’s Pet Day, and the OSU College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, along with live music from John Twist. Twist will begin weaving his 12-string wonders at 9:30 a.m. for those of you who enjoy a variety of Celtic, folk, Appalachian, and blues music.
Close out your Saturday market experience with the annual costume parade, the Procession of the Species. While you may see people in dog costumes, there won’t be any pets in the flesh, unless they are service animals. Sorry, but Fido has to stay home from the market, friends.
Another exciting development, due to regional funding and help from Samaritan Health Services, is customer access to Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB). Single shoppers and families using food stamps with their Oregon Trail Card will now be able to spend twice as much on farm-fresh food and produce. Cardholders can use up to $10 per market day in DUFB and vouchers are now $2 each.
The Corvallis Farmers’ Market invites you to learn more about nutritional information, discounts, products, vendors, and events online at www.locallygrown.org.
By Alayna Grady