The fresh fruits and vegetables part of the year is finally upon us, here on the Oregon Coast. The first Saturday installment of the Newport Farmer’s Market kicked off promptly at 9am this morning and closed punctually at 1pm. And a good time was had by all.
As would be expected, the early season offerings are somewhat limited to Spring salad greens and chards, radishes, and other cool weather crops. But there was also homebrew honey, succulent breads and pasteries and pleasant splashes of flowers and starter plants. Farmers are a pleasant combination of Willamette Valley and Coastal, each competing for your healthy food funds.
Later in the season, these cool weather crops be joined by peas, snap peas, and a smattering of tomatos. Come June the gardens will be cranking out fruits and vegetables more closely associated with summer, including cherries, peaches, corn, more tomatos, onions, carrots, and come fall an explosion of fruits, corn, and squash. And all tasting so good you’ll wonder how you live without them so many months of the year.
The Newport Farmer’s Market is the second oldest in the state going back 34 years; started just two weeks behind the oldest farmer’s market in the state, the one in Albany.
Farmer’s Market President Mike Smith says the trend is to eat fresh and to keep it local. Smith says “It’s always good to know where your food is coming from.” Smith says an emerging trend of “Hoop House” farming is producing earlier crops of starter plants and earlier fruits and vegetables. “Gathering Together Farms near Philomath is expected to show up in the next couple of weeks with fresh strawberries; unheard of this early in the season,” said Smith, “thanks to hoop house experimentation in the valley.”
The Newport Farmer’s Market runs every Saturday from now until the end of October. It runs 9-1 on the south lawn of Newport City Hall. And there is always a wide variety of artists and crafters mixed in for fun and pleasure!
Here’s a note from the Farmer’s Market just e-mailed into the NewsLincolnCounty.com news pod: Rain or shine, wind or calm the vendors of the Newport Farmers’ Market are there for you each Saturday beginning May 7, 2011 through October 28, 2011. Thanks News Lincoln County for the great photos and coverage. We appreciate it. It was a great opening day and lots of customers braved the weather to support the market. There were drawings for items donated by the vendors and special discounts and give-aways to celebrate Mother’s Day. Plans are being made for Kid’s Corner which will be the third Saturday of each month. Mark you calendar for Saturday May 21 The Kid’s Corner will be helping kids make beaded bracelets with elastic cord and pipe cleaners (for small hands) plus a few beaded animals that can be attached to a key chain, zipper clip, fishing line to hang, or makes a nice toy on it’s own.