Question: I’m looking for lettuce but can’t find it at the SCFM.
In fact, there are a couple of different vendors who sell lettuce now. Little Gnome Farm has several varieties of leaf lettuce, along with heirloom tomatoes. Roots to Road (not there every week) also offers “greens”, which are mixed lettuce, spinach and other greens.
Question: Are there fewer customers at the market this year than last year?
The market volunteers do a “count” at the top of each hour for 10 minutes. We estimate the total number of attendees by doing the math (multiplying that hourly count by 6 then adding them all together). Except for the first two Thursdays of 2010, the numbers are very close – and tend to average around 1100. It’s true that the visual experience is that there are less people than at last year’s market by Fred Meyer; and in fact we miss the synergy that existed with being very close to Fred Meyer. However, the space we are in this year is probably three times the space we had last year, easily accomodating more vendors than last year, plus their vehicles – a real benefit to the vendors when setting up and tearing down.
The larger space, with more vendors, but the same number of people tends to seem less “bustling” than the market appeared to be last year.
Question: Do the market’s vendors resell produce? (This was asked in conjunction with the recent E.coli incident which tainted strawberries from a farm in Newberg, Oregon)
There is one vendor who is approved by the market to buy product in E. Washington and resell it at the Salmon Creek Farmers’ Market. That is Bonnie Doble. She must show farm-of-origin on those products that she buys from farms in Yakima and resells in Salmon Creek and Longview. She provides invoices with receipts upon request, enabling the easy tracking of a questionable product.
All other produce vendors produce and sell their own products. Ayala Farms east of Yakima (Outlook, WA) is a large and diverse farm, as is NW Organic Farm close by in Ridgefield. Thoeny Farms is in Woodland on 500 acres of berries, carrots and corn. Arturo and Maria Mejia of J&M Orchards bring from Prosser those products grown on the family orchard and farm. Beehive Enterprises produces Asian vegetables from their acreage in Longview. Other occasional farm products come from Backyard Bounty, a co-op of backyard gardeners in Vancouver, Little Gnome Farm in Ridgefield and Creative Outlet Farm and Nursery in Brush Prairie.
The only farm vendor from Oregon at the Salmon Creek Farmers’ Market is Mary Cha who sells her absolutely gorgeous flowers grown on 3 acres outside Portland.
If you have any questions regarding the farm products sold at the Salmon Creek Farmers’ Market, please don’t hesitate to call Ann Foster, 574-5093 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s a good thing to know where your food is coming from.
Question: “What is your policy on bringing dogs to the Salmon Creek Farmers’ Market?”
Here’s the Answer: Is your dog joining you at the market? If so, and in an effort to do the right thing, we ask that those of you bringing your dog(s) to the market follow some simple rules; a respect for these guideliness can make the difference between a positive epxerience for everybody and a situation of bad feelings: 1) Crowded situations are not for every dog, so if your dog is not at his best in such situations, don’t put him in them. 2) Don’t let your dog jump on people or lick them unless you know they are okay with that. 3) Know the signs of stress in dogs. Watch for any indications that your dog is no longer having a good time, and if that happens, be willing to leave even if you’d rather stay a bit longer. 4) Don’t let dogs greet each other unless both guardians have agreed that it’s okay and, lastly, 5) Keep your dog on a short leash through the market so that you can keep him under control.
Question: “Are you planning to add more crafts to the Salmon Creek Farmers’ Market?”
We will offer a maximum of four Artisan Vendors per week. These will vary from week to week, depending upon the amount of space we have and the availability of the Vendors we select.
Question: “Debit and credit card availability?”
Perhaps another year. The investment in the hardware nd provider charges is quite large and outside our little budget. Be appreciative of Retailers who offer debit and credit card availability with no fee attached – it’s expensive!
Question: “Will there be beer and wine tasting offered soon?”
As soon as the Washington State Liquor Control Board makes it available.