Thursday, April 23, 2009

Grapevine 2009 Market Preview

You're right, there is no market this week. As promised, here is a preview of the upcoming market season. May 3, 2009 marks the beginning of the 8th year of the Hillsdale Farmers' Market. Since its inception in 2002, the market has grown from 20 vendors in a 20 week season to 45 vendors in a year-round market running twice monthly in the winter and weekly in the summer. The weekly season extends into November this year running until the Sunday before Thanksgiving, November 22, 2009.

When the market returns to the weekly schedule, the no pet policy will again be in effect. Animals may return to the market in December.

See you on May 3rd!

Eamon Molloy
Market Manager

Who is Coming To The Market This Season?

Most of your favorite vendors are returning this season. A few vendors have altered their schedules. Here are the altered schedules:

Ancient Heritage Dairy - alternating weeks starting May 10
Blossom Vinegars - monthly
Kookoolan Farms - last market of the month starting June 28
Salubrious - alternating weeks starting May 3

There are also a few new vendors. Greenville Farms from Forest Grove has been at the market this winter and joins the market for the summer season as well. Sid and Lou Ann will be bringing eggs, fruits, vegetables and jams. Red Dragon Nursery from Happy Valley will be bringing a variety of Japanese Maple trees. Greenleaf Farm from Jefferson is a certified organic farm bringing berries and vegetables. Lastly, while not a new vendor, De Noble Farm is coming back to Hillsdale with artichokes, brussels sprouts, broccoli, tomatoes, calla lilies, crocosmia, and delphinium.

Here is the complete list of vendors as of April 22, 2009.

(o) = certified organic

Ancient Heritage Dairy
Fraga Farms (o)
Jacobs Creamery

Fruits and Vegetables
Ayers Creek Farm (o)
Baird Family Orchards
Cherry Country (o)
Creative Growers (o)
Deep Roots Farm
Draper Girls' Country Farm
Gathering Together Farm (o)
Gee Creek Farm (o)
Greenleaf Farms LLC (o)
Greenville Farms
Happy Harvest Farm LLC
Liepold Farms
Market Fruit/Packer Orchards
Rick Steffen Farm
Salmon Creek Hydroponics
Springwater Farm
Stephens Farm
Unger Farms Inc.
Vicki's @ Sun Gold Farm, LLC

Prepared Foods and Bakery
Blossom Vinegars
Boyco Foods
Copper Crown Fine Foods
Fressen Artisan Bakery
Nonna's Noodles
Salubrious *April 30 2009 UPDATE - OUT FOR SEASON *
Souper Natural, LLC
The Brownie Farm
The Smokery

Flowers and Nursery
Farris-Seaman Plants
Garden Color
Gales Meadow Farm
Herr's Family Farm
Red Dragon Nursery
Vanveen Bulbs, Inc.
Vicki's @ Sun Gold Farm, LLC

Columbia River Fish
Linda Brand Crab
Wild Oregon

Meats and Eggs
Greenville Farms
Kookoolan Farms
Pine Mountain Ranch
Sweet Briar Farms

Ready to Eat
Alotto Gelato
Chanka's Catering
Salvador Molly's
Savory et Sweet
Sweet Briar Farms

Opening Day Festivities
As long time shoppers know, we always do something on Opening Day. This year is no different. Josh Kadish will be playing music and we'll be giving away plant starts to the first 500 customers.

Fellow Hillsdale Business and Professional Association member and neighbor Food Front Cooperative Grocery is holding an event entitled "Gear up for Gardening". The event runs 11am -5pm and will include helpful tips, information and recipes to get your garden going. Food Front will be featuring an interactive planting table geared toward inspiring our younger gardeners. The event is taking place at the store just a few steps away from the market.