Market to run from July to October

The Farmers Market offers a wide variety of vegetables and crafts. (Submitted photo)

Harney County Farmers Market manager Rachel Akins has announced that the market is organizing for the 2013 season.

Akins said the Hines City Park will once again be the site of the market, which will start on Saturday, July 6. Market hours will again be 7:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., operating into October, depending on the length of the growing season. In 2012, the market saw more than 20 vendors selling a variety of locally grown produce, crafts and other products.
“The market appeals to local citizens who enjoy farm fresh vegetables, eggs and handmade crafts from Harney County,” Akins said. “The market will continue to operate as a non-profit organization and strive to better meet our customers’ needs.”
She said a number of new people have expressed interest in participating in 2013 and are already preparing their ground, and purchasing seeds and gardening equipment. The market will continue to focus on locally grown and/or crafted items from Harney County.
People who visit the market are often surprised and impressed with the variety of produce that can be grown in Harney County and the quality  of craft items available. Such items include bird houses, various kinds of jewelry, stone items crafted by local flintknappers, pottery, artwork and photography. Other local products, like farm-fresh eggs and baked goods will also be available at the market. A number of vendors support the Farm Direct Nutrition Program (FDNP) and will also accept vouchers from eligible seniors and families participating in WIC (Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children). Note: Other vendors interested in getting the required training for these programs should contact Cindy Clark at 541-977-4561.
Market organizers remind people wanting to participate in the market as vendors to begin purchasing seeds and related supplies now, start working the soil as soon as possible, and visit the local stores and nurseries that carry garden supplies, seeds and plants suitable for Harney County gardens.
More information about the market, including dates, times, vendor application procedures, etc., will be published as plans unfold for the 2013 season. Please note, costs to participate in the market will be $2 vendor fee each day of participation or $25 for the entire season. Students under 18 will be charged $1 each day or $15 for the season.
People who are interested in participating in the market or who have questions should call Akins at 541-413-0629 or email:
The next Harney County Farmers Market board of directors meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 22, at the Harney County Community Center. The public is welcome to attend.

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