Clatsop County farmers markets gear up for season

05/23/2017
By Sue Cody  


Farmers market 2 2016As the weather warms up and the berries ripen, farmers are eager to share their produce and products at local farmers markets, fruit stands and other outlets.


Here on the North Coast, there are ample opportunities to share in the local bounty. While the south county farmers markets are expanding, the Astoria River Peoples Farmers Market has cut back to one day a month.


Each farmers market offers a SNAP-match for people who qualify. Up to $10 SNAP dollars can be turned in to receive $20 in tokens to spend at the market.


In addition to farmers markets, Clatsop Community Action’s (CCA) Mobile Food Pantry is back on the streets each Thursday to serve community needs with fresh or frozen produce. It has expanded delivery to Cannon Beach. See schedule below.


Seaside


The Seaside Farmers Market saw a gigantic upswing in traffic last year because of its new location in the parking lot of Broadway Middle School, at Broadway and U.S. Highway 101. The market hours are 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, June 21 and through Sept. 27.


“It was amazing for us,” says Grace Smith, Recreation & Community Programs manager for Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District. Angi Wildt is the market manager.


“We are right on the highway and that doubled our attendance,” Smith says of the 2016 market that attracted more than 600 people a week. The number of vendors increased from 10 to 15, and this year, sees an even bigger jump to 25 or 30 vendors.


Along with fresh produce and honey, the market will also have goat cheese, organic tea, a bonsai tree vendor, some crafts and two food wagons.


“More people are preparing their own food, and offering fresh produce is a great way to get out into the community,” Smith says.

W2W Food Access Astoria


The Astoria River Peoples’ Farmers Market has moved to the North Coast Food Web kitchen, 577 18th St. It is open year-round, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month.


Moving from the weekly downtown market was not an easy decision, but the availability of fresh organic produce has increased, says executive director Jessika Tantisook. Declining attendance was another factor. “We decided to scale back to once a month.”


The Food Web kitchen offers a respite from the rain and wind. It’s cozier and offers the same fresh food, including fish, meat, cheese pastries, eggs and produce.


Fresh eggs are available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Thursday, and NCFW is working with Oregon and Washington farmers to be a pick-up location for Community Supported Agriculture subscriptions. It offers a variety of cooking classes that are open to the public.

 

Cannon Beach


In Cannon Beach, the farmers market is condensing and expanding, says manager Philomena Lloyd. A stage is being built where musicians can perform. The market will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, June 13 through Sept. 29. It will be closed the week of July 4.


“We have fabulous returning vendors and interesting new ones,” says Lloyd. Offerings include produce, artisan prepared foods, flowers, cranberry products berries, tea and bakery goods. New this year, Tide Creek Nursery is offering plants such as tomatoes and fruit trees.


Lloyd says the Cannon Beach Farmers Market serves about 800 people a week, up to 2,000 during the peak season.


Manzanita


A new, larger space will greet shoppers at the Manzanita Farmers Market. The new location is at Laneda Avenue and Fifth Street. The market is open from 5 to 8 p.m. Fridays, June 9 to Sept. 1; and from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 8 and 15.


“Our vendor base has expanded,” says market manager Emily Vollmer. While some vendors are there every week, others may offer only seasonal products. “About 60 vendors flow through, though each market averages 40 vendors. It’s really cool, as many part-time vendors rotate, we have more variety.”


The market features seafood, meat, cheese, flowers, wine, fruits and vegetables – including wild-foraged mushrooms– jewelry, baked goods, a distillery and prepared foods.

 

W2W Food Access 2Mobile Food Pantry


CCA Regional Food Bank Mobile Produce Pantry has expanded to serve Cannon Beach. It estimates with this addition it will now serve 1,000 residents weekly.

 

The Mobile Produce Pantry offers free fruits, vegetables, herbs and recipes to low-income residents, including participants in SNAP, TANF, SSI and LIEAP. The truck visits four locations – Astoria, Warrenton, Seaside and Cannon Beach.

 

Schedule:

Astoria: 9 to 10:30 a.m., 200 block of Marine Drive (Between Second and Third streets)

Seaside: Noon to 1:30 p.m. 1111 N. Roosevelt Drive- (Seaside Factory Outlet Mall)

Cannon Beach: 3 to 4:30 p.m., 368 Beaver St. (Cannon Beach Food Pantry parking lot)

Warrenton: 3 to 4:30 p.m., 2010 S.E. Chokeberry Ave. (Just past animal shelter)

 

The Way to Wellville and its sponsor the Columbia Pacific Coordinated Care Organization support healthy lifestyles and encourage access and consumption of nutritious food.