Public meeting to be held June 21

Market“The first market day of the Harney County Farmers Market’s seventh year will be Saturday, July 5, at the Hines City Park from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.,” said Fred and Linda Pelroy, co-market managers. The market runs into October, and generally ends with participation in the annual chili cook-off event in Burns, which is set for Saturday, October 18.

According to the Pelroys, “Fresh produce expected to be offered at the market will include various herbs, Swiss chard, onions, beet greens, rhubarb, different kinds of lettuce, and maybe even a few early tomatoes.” Typically, a wider range of produce items will be available as the growing season progresses, with early-season vegetables available first, and greenhouse growers bringing the greatest variety of produce initially.

In addition to the very fresh and tasty Harney County grown produce, market vendors are expected to offer quality craft items, including bird houses, various kinds of jewelry, pottery, artwork, photography, and hand crafted soaps, hand creams, etc. Other local products, like farm-fresh eggs and some great baked goods, should also be available at the market.  As the market season progresses, other vendors join in the fun.

The Pelroys remind market shoppers that a number of vendors will be participating in the Farm Direct Nutrition Program (FDNP) in 2014 and will accept the appropriate vouchers from eligible seniors and families participating in WIC (Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children). Note: Vendors interested in getting the required training for these programs should contact Cindy Clarke at 541-977-4561.

People who wish to participate in the market or who have questions should call the 541-589-2933 or e-mail hcorfm@live.com   Note: The daily market fee for vendors will remain at $2; cost for the full season will remain at $25, and the student (18 or under) fees will be $1 per market day.   Required vendor application forms will be available at the market table each market day.

Please note:  a public meeting will be held at the Hines City Park at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 21, to answer questions,  give suggestions, and for an opportunity for vendors to sign up for the 2014 market.



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