Saturday, May 31, 2014

First Market was a Hit!

Our first Wallowa County Farmer's Market in Joseph was a huge hit! Thank you to all the vendors and customers who stopped by the Market booth to say hi. It was great to see so many vendors at our first market, and I look forward to seeing you at more markets. The market sprouts kickoff was very exciting, we had many kids sign up and they enjoyed the petting zoo, planting seeds, and doing the scavenger hunt around to vendors who generously donated items for the kids. Thank you to the following vendors for your generous donation; Sally B Farms - goat milk soap, Backyard Gardens - tomato starter plant and seeds, and The Kettle Korn Lady - Kettle Korn.

This week is Crazy Hat Day so be sure to bring your craziest, funniest hat and join the fun! We will again have a scavenger hunt for the Market Sprouts and lots of great vendors bringing products ranging from plants to crafts to jewelry to preserved foods. Don't miss out this Saturday from 10-2 in Joseph!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Planting Festival Kicks off Farmers’ Market Season!

Plants and fresh vegetables, live music and kids activities, including a petting zoo, will be featured as the Wallowa County Farmers’ Market launches the 2014 season Saturday, May 24, with its traditional Spring Planting Festival in downtown Joseph!  Vendors will be selling vegetable and ornamental plants, local produce, baked goods and crafts.  Enjoy live music by Janis Carper as you check out the market wares.  The market opens at 10am and runs until 2pm at Main and Joseph streets. 

The Spring Planting Festival also kicks of a new kids program at the market – Market Sprouts.  The program is for kids 3-12 years old to learn about eating fresh, local food and have fun at the farmers’ market.  At the kickoff event, kids will receive a farmers’ market tote bag and a Market Sprouts passport to fill throughout the market season.  Kids will also receive coloring sheets, a plant start and coupons to try new foods and other items from market vendors.  Sprouts activities will take place at Joseph and Enterprise markets from now through October.

The Wallowa County Farmers’ Market is proud to introduce Kimi Starner as its new market manager.  Kimi was born and raised in Wallowa County and is excited to share her passion for local, fresh foods. Kimi and her five girls raise a variety of animals on their small farm, Whispering Willow Farm. They raise sheep, both dairy and meat goats, alpacas, rabbits, and chickens. In addition to her and her children being very active in 4-H and FFA, they sell goat products, sheep and alpaca fiber, and eggs from their farm. She has experience planning many 4-H and farm activities and looks forward to working with the board to plan this year's fun season.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Vendor Meeting, Thursday May 8!

Join us at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 8 as we welcome vendors to the Joseph and Enterprise market season.  All current and potential vendors from the region are welcome.  We will introduce the market, cover the basics of market operations, and share our plans for this year's season.  Are you unsure if you have enough for a full booth?  Come to meet other vendors who may be looking to share a space at the market.  The event is free with refreshments — RSVP if you're able to 541-263-1622 or  Hope to see you there!

Wallowa County Farmers' Market Vendor Meet + Greet
5:30 p.m., Thursday, May 8
Wallowa County Chamber Conference Room
309 S River St, Suite B
Enterprise, OR
Contact: Kimi Starner, WCFM Manager
541-263-1622 // 541-805-4388