Laura Wiens, The Triplicate

The Farmers Market at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds is about to wrap up what Ron Phillips says has been a very successful season.

Saturday will be the final market until next year, granted the weather holds.

"I tell people that I don't allow rain at the Farmers Market," he said, "but I'm not always that accurate."

Ron, special projects coordinator for Rural Human Services and overseer of the market, says it hit a record number of vendors this year, topping off at 64 during one Saturday, and averaging about 50 per week, up from 43 last year.

Since Ron took over the reins in 2008, the number of vendors has more than doubled. "I try to encourage people that it is a way of starting a business," he said.

And the price is right. Rental rates for vendors are $13 for a small space and $20 for a large space per week. Electrical hookups are $25 extra.

"We've got 50 to 60 little businesses out here that are being supported by the 500 people (on average) who come out on Saturdays," he said.

This season did see an increase in the number of food vendors cooking fresh food on site and Ron attributes this to the recently enacted state cottage food operations law.

"I'm always surprised at how many people come out just to hang out with friends to eat and listen to music," he said. "It's a good community event in that sense."

He added that the new mobile kitchen has been "hit and miss," but he plans to "work all winter to put a program in place" for next year.

"I want to let the community and vendors know how much we appreciate them," he said, "and a special appreciation of Steve Berg for coming out to play music" most weekends.

To get information on becoming a vendor, call Ron at 464-7441.

'Ducks 4 Bucks' results

The "Ducks 4 Bucks" race held over Sea Cruise weekend made a big splash with its organizers.

Team Redwood and Cornerstone Church each netted $1,120 for their causes, according to Tabi Rogers from Cornerstone Church.

Funds raised will help Team Redwood with its ongoing Haiti relief efforts. Cornerstone Church will use its share for foreign and home mission outreaches.

The 991 rubber ducks, sold at $5 apiece, were released into Elk Creek to float their way to the finish line.

The winners: Denise Warner of New Mexico received the first-place prize of$1,000; the second-place prize of $750 went to Crescent City resident Crystal Dunavin; and Richard Bliss of Crescent City took the third-place prize of $500.