December 9, 2016

Local rotating farmers market has successful season

From High Desert Food and Farm Alliance,

Crook County Rotating Farmers Market Celebrates a Successful Agri-tourism Season!

Prineville, ORE – A group of farmers in Crook County, collectively known as the Crook County Small Farm Alliance, are celebrating a wildly successful season of Crooked River Open Pasture (CROP) on-farm events.

   The Crook County Small Farm Alliance (CCSFA) is comprised of eight farmers and community leaders.

   They are dedicated to building community and increasing opportunities to bring their agricultural products to market. Together with the High Desert Food and Farm Alliance, the CCSFA organized 10 free farm events and effectively increased opportunities for the community to engage with the region’s agricultural producers and procure local food. Over the summer, nearly 1000 guests attended the CROP events to meet local producers, purchase produce, meats and other farm produces, listen to music from local talent, tour the farms, and participate in other family friendly events.

   “The community support is huge for us. People are interested in meeting the farmers and ranchers of Crook County, experiencing our farms and ranches, learning what we grow and how to get it. This engagement helps us to continue to do what we love.” said Jerre Kosta-Dodson of Dancing Cow Farm.

   Those loyal customers who came to every event and returned their CROP passport had their names entered in a raffle for a chance to win a thank you gift basket of local goods. On December 5th , CROP farmers invited the winner to collect their gift basket at a special, celebratory potluck dinner with the farmers.

   If you didn’t get a chance to see adorable day old piglets or take in the pungent floral scent of a lavender harvest, fear not. If you missed the opportunity to soak up delicious volcano views or learn to lasso, don’t worry. The CCSFA is excited to announce that they will be back next summer for a third season of family on-farm fun. Look for more CROP event details in Spring 2017 at www.hdffa.org.

HDFFA is a 501(c)3 non-profit serving Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson Counties. Their mission is to support a community-based food system in Central Oregon to increase access to fresh healthy food, support sustainable farm land use, and foster relationships among farmers and consumers.

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