Farmers markets open: A fresh start

Written by Jessica Cejnar, The Triplicate June 06, 2014 05:17 pm

Kai Bieraugel, 2, samples a strawberry Wednesday from the Ocean Air Farms booth at the Downtown Crescent City Farmers & Artisans Market. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
 Del Norte County is in for a rousing start to its farmers market.

Ron Phillips, coordinator of the Crescent City Farmers Market, said he is expecting at least 60 vendors at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds on Saturday. He also expects a big turnout thanks to the Del Norte Community Health Fair, which will be held in the main building at the fairgrounds at roughly the same time.

“It looks like it’s going to be a large market,” Phillips said. “The first one is always really busy.”

Saturday’s Crescent City Farmers Market will feature veggies from Ocean Air Farms and Annie Mack’s Produce and herbs from La Vanna’s Herbs, Phillips said. Market shoppers may also be able to pick up plant starts from Dutch Gardener and mushrooms from Bossi’s Mushroom Farms from Gold Beach, Phillips said.

The opening weekend of the Crescent City Farmers Market comes a few days after the Downtown Crescent City Farmers & Artisans Market opened at Front and K streets for the season on Wednesday. Sponsored by the Downtown Business Improvement District, the Wednesday market will run from June through the end of October, said market coordinator Aimee Bolender.

In addition to fresh produce from Ocean Air Farms, market goers can get soy candles, handcrafted soaps, baked goods and a massage, Bolender said.

“You can come on your lunch break, get something to eat, get a massage and go back to work feeling really great,” she said, adding that this year marks the second season the market has been held at K and Front streets. “There’s a whole new energy. It’s an uplifting location.”

Bolender added that she was hoping for more vendors offering fresh produce as the season goes on.

Ocean Air Farms will offer at least six tables of the season’s first produce on Saturday, including lettuce, kale, strawberries and garlic, said intern Casandra Morelli, who manned the booth at the Wednesday market. Spinach and arugula will also be available, she said, and upcoming produce include summer squash.

 Ocean Air Farms also participates in a farmers market in Brookings on Wednesdays, Morelli said.

The Saturday farmers market will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the fairgrounds every Saturday through October, rain or shine.

For more information, call Phillips at 464-7441.

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