The leaders of the Newport Farmers Market have announced that they want to find a permanent home for the Newport Farmers market rather than having to move from City Hall in the Summer to the county fairgrounds in the Winter then back to City Hall in the Spring, or move even during the summer due to special events outside City Hall. It’s hard on the vendors and it confuses the public.
So they’d like a home to call their own.
The farmers market board has called for a wide-open public meeting to dream out-loud on the future of the Newport Farmers Market. All vendors, customers, local government representatives, other local businesses and all concerned citizens are warmly invited to offer their thoughts and ideas. Market board members are looking for options for a permanent location (summer and winter markets), a permanent building, regular days of operation, and ideas on how the market can be integrated and enhance the broader revitalization plans for Newport.
The public meeting is scheduled for this Sunday, June 7th, 4pm, at Newport’s Visual Arts Center that overlooks the Nye Beach Turnaround. Again everyone is invited and the board wants to explore any and all innovative ideas.
Here’s some background on the Newport Farmers Market:
The Newport Farmers Market has been a part of the coastal community for 37 years. We now have more that 60 vendor members and are governed by a ten member Board of Directors of the Lincoln County Small Farmers Association.
In 2011, a winter market was added and runs from November to February at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds. From May to October the Saturday Farmers Market is open 9-1pm and we can be found on the west side of Angle St. for the 2015 summer season. The Newport market is a great place to find fresh vegetables, fruits, and berries, nursery plants, flowers, baked goods, coffee, and specialty food products made locally. Crafts include jewelry, woodwork, paintings, rugs, knitted hats and apparel, glass art, musical instruments and many more beautiful and inspiring creations. The market supports the ‘That’s My Farmer,’ SNAP Incentive Program and the WIC Market Nutrition Program. We work in conjunction with many local and state organizations to provide access to fresh healthy food for community members.