June 12, 2007

Redmond's Farmers Market

Redmond's farmers market now averages 35 vendors
photo by Melissa Jansson

The third summer for Redmond Farmers Market is underway, perhaps not bigger but hopefully better than ever.
"This year every vendor was juried to ensure quality," says market owner and operator Sarah Yancey. Everything sold at the weekly markets must be grown or made by the vendor.

This year brings another change to market -- a new location. Last year the farmer's market enjoyed the high visibility and green expanse of the park-like median between Fred Meyer and Highway 97. The site is soon to be construction zone, however, so the market relocated to the grounds west of St. Charles-Redmond - yielding less room for growth but more support from its sponsor.
I couldn't ask for a more perfect place," Yancey says. "St. Charles has been wonderful to work with and they've been publicizing the market to their employees and in their publications."

The market will average about 35 vendors this year, the most the new space can hold. Shoppers will be able to choose from fresh seasonal produce (most from the valley), fresh baked goods, free-range organic eggs, hanging baskets and gift flower pots, and homemade root beer and ginger ale. Hell n' Back Salsa will be back, as well as a coffee roaster from Lone Pine, the "Lotion Lady" from Prineville, buffalo and elk meat from Pine Mountain Ranch, and stained glass from Glass Cats. Organic 'healing' honey and bee pollen; soaps, ointments and salves from Earth Dragon Herbals; and candles made from 100 percent recycled wax are just a few more of the vendors at this year's market.

The market opened Memorial Day and will close Labor Day; the schedule is every Monday from 2-6 p.m.
So far customers seem to be finding the market, even in the new location. Opening day Yancey counted 300 shoppers in the first hour, a welcome sight. According to Yancey, she has yet to make a profit with the market but continues to believe in it, and its value to the community.
"I believe in it and I believe in Redmond," she says.

-- story by Leslie Pugmire Hole

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