Oregon is joining other states across the U.S. in celebrating National Farmers Market Week from August 4-10. In coordination with the national Farmers Market Coalition (FMC), the Oregon Farmers Markets Association is organizing a variety of activities to commemorate the occasion. Although many markets and market lovers across the state have participated in Farmers Market Week in the past, this is only the second year that Oregon has had a coordinated, state-wide push. We couldn’t have been more proud of how it turned out last year, and are excited for this year’s activities!… find more on our Farmers Market Week event page!
Oregon Farmers Markets Association proudly announced the 2019 Oregon Farmers Markets Awards recipients at its Annual Meeting on February 22 in Corvallis. Winners hailed from across the state ad represented a variety of markets and organizations. “Our committee had a really hard time selecting just one awardee in each category,” said Kelly Crane, OFMA’s Executive Director. “We received over 150 nominations and they were all pretty amazing.” The winners, per category were:
Oregon City Farmers Market – Outstanding Large or Urban Market of the Year. As one devoted customer said, “The [Oregon City Farmers] Market goes above and beyond to not only be place to buy a wide variety of high quality local food and products, but also to be a wonderful community gathering space. The regular music, and themed events (cider tasting, tomato tasting, pollinator fair, repair fair etc etc) keep the market fresh and exciting. Regular cooking demos help customers learn to cook with seasonal produce. Partnerships with local government organizations have offered resources and extra money for SNAP users. The POP program gives kids 5-12 $2each week to buy fruits and veggies, as well as offering kids activities, like planting seeds. The OC market goes above and beyond to be an incredible community resource for the OC area.”
Spencer Creek Growers Market – Outstanding Small or Rural Market of the Year. As one customer said of them, “Spencer Creek Growers Market is an amazing gathering of caring community members. They’ve helped raise my 5-year old to know that who grows your food is just as important as what you eat. They’ve also helped her learn the value of hard work and patience. Life in our neck of the woods would not be the same without this amazing market and the people who make it happen season after season!”
Willamette Farm and Food Coalition – Farmers Market Partner of the Year. As their website says, Willamette Farm and Food Coalition facilitates and supports the development of a secure, sustainable, and inclusive food system in Lane County, Oregon. Markets in their area nominated them for thsi award because, “[…] they have worked with us in so many ways on [Double Up Food Bucks] and helped make it so easy for us!” and “[…] they are always promoting farms food and community.”
Amanda Pastoria – Farmers Market Manager of the Year. As the manager of the Umpqua Valley Farmers Market, Amanda is an “[a]mazing woman with the best marketing, customer service, and creativity to take our Farmers Market and put us on the map!” as one customer said of her. “She has increased attendance by doing an excellent outreach and promotion of the market. Amanda is upbeat, positive, encouraging, and creative.”
Dana Taylor, OFMA Marketing Committee Chair – OFMA Volunteer of the Year. Dana is an outstanding volunteer board member of the OFMA Board of Directors. As one of her fellow members who nominated her said, she deserves recognition “[f]or stepping up as a new board member and diving into re-banding, grant writing, etc. She always is willing to pitch in and support OFMA, she is thoughtful, intelligent and intentional! Thanks Dana!”
OFMA is proud of these organizations and individuals and grateful for the work they do each day to support farmers markets and the communities they serve.