May 132012

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The Newport Saturday Farmers Market is back. The Newport Saturday Farmers Market kicked off the season yesterday to big crowds and lots of happy faces. The Newport Farmers Market has been running for decades and is the second longest running farmers market in Oregon. The Newport Farmers Market features local growers, both organic and more traditional appearing on the south lawn of Newport City Hall and on Avery Street every Saturday through October 29th.

Being the middle of May, the farmers market is offering early produce which includes peas, lettuce, greens, radishes, potatoes, and, as always, herbs. New products anticipated throughout the season includes eggs from ducks – not just chickens, wool, henna body illustrations, extensive arts and crafts and fruit smoothies blended through bicycle pedal power as well as baked fish munchies. There are scrumptious pastries, breads, kettle corn, pizza, superb gourmet coffee, crepes, veggie burgers and soups and dips. The farmers market is also a good source for getting your home’s exterior looking more like summer with perennial flowers, bedding plants and other shrubs that give a more full look to enhance your home’s “curb appeal.” Even tai chi demonstrations for Baby Boomers!

In addition to cash and credit cards, the farmers market now accepts the Oregon Trail EBT cards (food stamps). Those who would like to help stretch Oregon Trail EBT card buying power can stop by the big farmers market lemonade stand and buy a lemonade. Profits are plowed right back into matching funds that enhances the buying power of those with Oregon Trail cards. The market also accepts WIC and Senior Farm Direct Nutrition Program checks.

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Apr 172012

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Farming production rose and product sales soared in 2011 all across Oregon. The country’s housing crash has kept grass seed in the basement prompting Oregon grass seed farmers to conveniently switch to wheat which continues to rake in big profits. And for the first time, Oregon fisheries are included in the farming income numbers. The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.

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Jul 142011


Katy McNeil of Waldport told the Lincoln County Fair Board today there there are a number of Lincoln County farmers and ranchers who would jump at the chance of year round farming if “a market” was created for the winter months. Produce like varieties of lettuce, kale, broccoli, leeks mixed greens, cabbage, radishes and winter applies can be produced here on the coast during the winter, thanks to our mild marine climate. The winter farmers market could also offer select meats and eggs as well. McNeil said there would also be a number of vendors from soaps to dry goods, utensils to starter plants. McNeil said winter farmers markets are already well established in the valley where winter growing conditions are less favorable than here on the coast, so the opportunity is within our reach.

The Fair Board seemed very interested in exploring the feasibility of holding winter farmers markets at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds. They urged Mc Neil to work with fairgrounds personnel for a personal tour of facilities, what the market’s needs might be and hopefully get everything worked out so that there could be a first-ever winter farmers market in the county by October. McNeil said the winter farmers market would run from October-November through March. The winter farmers market would likely run on Saturdays, as the Summer Farmers Market does now at Newport City Hall.

A just released food distribution study on Linn, Benton and Lincoln Counties shows long running problems of getting healthy and nutritious food from the farm to the table, especially in Lincoln County. Lincoln County specifically lacks enough farms to create a steady food supply line of its own which means it must rely on farms in the valley to sell their vegetables, fruits and meat products here. The study by Ten Rivers Food Web of Corvallis revealed that there is not enough public information “out there” to let Lincoln County residents know where and when they can get fresh produce and even fish products, some of which are sold right off the boat on the port docks. Many farmers and other local food providers lack cold storage facilities and processing opportunities to bring their products to market.

The study said that having year round farmer’s markets will go a long way to promote local farms and what they grow. One proposal to expand exposure of local farms and their products is the creation of a winter farmer’s market at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds. The proposal will be before the county fair board Thursday, 10am at the Lincoln County Commission Chambers.

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Mar 232011

If any of the fresh food to the left looks good to you, you might want to avail yourself to an opportunity to learn how to make such food even more available on the Oregon Coast than it already is.

Oregon Coast Community College will be the place, April 2nd, from 10am-4pm, to enjoy a free lunch and to attend the Lincoln County Community FEAST. You’ll learn how to connect to what’s happening with food, farming and fisheries along the Oregon Coast and within all the communities from Otis to Yachats, Newport to Eddyville.

Workshops will feature “local food” experts who will lead discussions on farm-to-school, local fisheries, increasing access to locally generated food, and a list of local farmers.

The workshops will also help you plug in to building community through the food chain, farm and sea to your dinner table, launch new projects with community support and involvement, identify community food needs, target resources and opportunities, improve community health and nutrition, and how to better support our local fisheries and agriculture.

This eye opening and brain popping experience is something you must RSVP to. And to do that, contact Chole Rico at, or call 541-867-8672.

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Dec 172010

Provided by Oregon Department of Agriculture

ODA prepares to receive concept proposals for next round of specialty crop project funding

The Oregon Department of Agriculture is preparing to accept concept proposals for project ideas as part of a federal program for specialty crops. Approximately $1 million will be made available to agriculture industry associations, producer groups, commodity commissions, non-profits, for profits, and local government agencies in Oregon. ODA is requesting two-to-three page concept proposals from applicants describing their proposed projects.

Concept proposals can be submitted online starting January 1, 2011 and must be received by February 15, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.

The federal funds are part of the US Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program and authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill. Specialty crops are defined as commonly recognized fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, and nursery crops. Oregon ranks fifth in the nation in production of specialty crops.

This past month, ODA has held two-hour grant writing workshops for the public across the state providing an in-depth look at the program and going through the grant writing process step-by-step. ODA will continue to fund projects in the following areas as priorities for 2011 (not listed in order of preference)…

To learn more from Lori:

· Market development and access, both international and farm-direct/local

· Product and varietal development

· Value-added initiatives Continue reading »

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