The Tillamook Farmers Market has momentum indeed.
In the second year under the direction of the Tillamook Area Chamber of Commerce, the Market has had 13 new vendors (so far) to their more than 60 vendors.
“I think we will see a large boost in visitors,” Tillamook Farmers Market Manager Sayde Walker said. “Our goal every week is to create the ‘most fun’ place to be on a Saturday with amazing live music, delicious food, the freshest produce you can find around, hand-crafted items you can’t find anywhere else and a way to connect customers to farmers, crafters and producers.”
The Tillamook Farmers Market season will open June 15 at 9 am on Laurel Ave in front of the Tillamook County Courthouse.
Some of this year’s new vendors include: Pilot House Distilling from Astoria; SeaSmoked Foods (recent relocated from Seattle to the Tillamook Coast); Precision Woodworking from Bay City; and The Social House Café.
And of course, seasoned vendors returning are: Pitch & Plow Farms; Brickyard Farms; Bewley Creek Woodworking; Pacific Roots Coffee; and many more.
In addition to fresh produce and artisan crafts, the Tillamook Farmers Market features community groups each week.
“The Master Recyclers will be there once a month (starting June 22) to demonstrate how to make reusable shopping bags from things like chicken feed bags, dog food bags, etc.,” Walker said. “They will have all the materials on hand and walk folks through the process, so they can then have a reusable bag to bring back to the Market.”
Those workshops will be held June 22; July 13; Aug. 10 and Sept. 14.
“We have also expanded the kids’ section quite a bit this year,” Walker said. “We will bring back the popular Connect Four and Cornhole board, but each day will also feature a fun activity for kids to participate in.”
Be on the lookout for things like painting pots, planting seeds, making slime, rock painting, veggie stamping, scavenger hunts, and more!
“Every market there will be something kids can take home with them that they’ve created,” said Walker.
OSU Extension will also be returning with the Food Hero program. Through this program, they offer free, hands-on activities for children under 12 and those who participate receive a $2 “Kids Buck” to buy fruits and veggies with. The Kids Bucks this year are graciously sponsored by TLC Fibre Credit Union.
The SNAP Match program will also be returning this season. Check in at the Market HQ Trailer to participate.
“Our SNAP Match is partially funded by Food Roots and the Tillamook Revitalization Association,” said Walker. “Folks with an Oregon Trail card can come to the trailer and we will charge their card in exchange for ‘tokens’ that they can spend with our vendors.”
The Tillamook Farmers Market will match them dollar for dollar up to $10 to purchase extra SNAP-eligible products. Food Roots is funding the “Double Up Food Bucks” portion of the match, which is specifically for fruits, vegetables, herbs, nuts, mushrooms and plant starts.
“Visiting a Farmers Market should be fun and engaging,” Walker said. “I think we did a great job of creating this type of atmosphere last year and I truly believe it’s going to be even better this year.”
Additional local Farmers Markets
Cannon Beach Farmers Market
Open Tuesdays June 11-Sept. 24
Intersection of Hemlock and Gower streets, adjacent to City Hall
Manzanita Farmers Market
Open Fridays June 7-Sept. 13
5-8 p.m. (4-7 p.m. Sept. 6, 13)
5th Street South and Laneda Ave
Pacific City Farmers Market
Open Sundays June 16-Sept. 30
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
6200 Camp St, Pacific City
Neskowin Farmers Market
Open Saturdays May 18-September 28
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Neskowin Beach Wayside (right of Hwy 101)
Lincoln City Farmers Market
Open Sundays May 5-Oct. 6
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Lincoln City Cultural Center 540 NE Highway 101