A North Coast Food Web project
Astoria’s River People Farmers Market brings fresh, locally grown, harvested and prepared food to the north Oregon coast weekly from mid-June through early October. Local produce, grass fed meat, jams and jellies, edible plant starts, fresh berries, artisan bread and pastries, delicious prepared foods, plus great live music, community booths, cooking demonstrations, the Community Farm Table and the Sprouts Market Camp for Kids make this community farmers market a fun and tasty weekly destination.
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RPFM accepts SNAP/Oregon Trail cards, with a $10 SNAP Match program sponsored by North Coast Food Web and generous local supporters. For the first $10 you spend on your SNAP card, RPFM will give you and extra $10 in market tokens FREE to spend on fresh fruit, veggies and meat! Many farmers market vendors also accept WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons.
Much of the SNAP Match program is funded through NCFW’s The Lemonade Project and Pie Walk! Grab a glass of fresh-squeezed lemonade and a slice of seasonal fruit pie and know that you’re purchase is helping low income families enjoy healthy market-fresh fruits and veggies. Or, take a chance on our twice-weekly Pie Walk! Accompanied by our weekly market musicians, Pie Walk has become a highlight for our farmers market community.
Merianne Myers, NCFW board member and the driving force behind the Lemonade Project and Pie Walk, added, “I loved that some shoppers planned their market visits around Pie Walk time. One regular told me ‘Pie Walk has changed the way I think about the week. It’s Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Pie Walk, Friday.’ It was a terrific way to raise funds for a great program and raise the fun level at the market.”
Healthy food choices are also on the menu at the Taste of Place booth, a NCFW farmers market project begun in the 2013 season. NCFW board member and OSU Extension Garden and Nutrition Educator Miki’ala Souza and Pat Milliman, owner of Pat’s Pantry, a local herb and spice shop, shared over a thousand sample tastes of recipes prepared with many of the fruits and vegetables found at the market, and handed out recipes and cooking tips to help shoppers learn more about how to prepare their farmers market bounty.
“We saw an immediate and direct response from the public as they tasted what we were cooking, took a recipe, and then bought the ingredients from a farmer, or at the Astoria Co-op across the street,” remarked Souza. “It was so great when people returned the following week to tell us how the recipes turned out for them at home.” Milliman agreed, adding “It feels good to support more folks getting in the kitchen and cooking for themselves.”
NCFW board member and former OSU Extension Garden and Nutrition Educator Jennifer Rasmussen built on the success of RPFM’s 2012 season kid’s activity booth and has transformed it into the Sprouts Club, a weekly market camp for kids, with food related activities, art projects, and story time. Kids also received a $1 token each week to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables at the market. “It’s about helping kids see healthy fresh food as fun and tasty, and encouraging them to start making good food choices when they are still young,” Rasmussen explains. “And the kids loved it!”
North Coast Food web celebrates a successful 2013 River People Farmers Market season, and is looking forward to the 2014 season already. Look for vendor information and starting dates early in 2014 here at the North Coast Food Web website.