Question: I’m looking for lettuce but can’t find it at the SCFM.
In fact, there are usually farmers that sell lettuce, but at the beginning of the market season. Lettuce is a cool weather vegetable and does not do well when the weather gets hot. So you see it when the nights are cool (up until late June).
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)
The SCFM rules state that reselling is allowed, but only from approved farms. We provide farm-of-origin signage so that customers can see where their food is coming from. Our local SW Washington farms almost never resell.
It may be that there is, at some point, a community table in which farmers can sell their product, although the farmer may not be present.
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 Artisan Vendors at the Thursday market where space accommodates more vendors. These will vary from week to week, depending upon the amount of space we have and the availability of the Vendors we select. The Tuesday market at Legacy Hospital has limited space available and the number of artisans will be very few.
Question: “Debit and credit card availability?”
Both markets have both debit and credit card availability, as well as EBT benefits – all at the Information Booth. The market uses tokens or “market money” when running transactions at the Information Booth. All vendors take the tokens; and they have no expiration date.
Question: “Will there be beer and wine tasting offered soon?”
The Thursday SCFM has been approved for both beer and wine sampling and sales. We are in the process of finding a brewery and winery.
Directions to the market:
From I-5, take the NE 134th St exit and head west on NE 134th St. The site is IMMEDIATELY west of I-5, on the south side of the street. It is behind the parking lot that is between Wayside Market and Shell Station and Kitchen Table Cafe.
From I-205, take the NE 134th St exit, head west on NE 134th St. The site is IMMEDIATELY west of the I-5 overpass, on the south side of the street. It is behind the parking lot that is between Wayside Market and Shell Station and the Kitchen Table Cafe.