“‘Tis the season of thanks and everyone from the Gorge Grown Farmers’ Market would like to share our appreciation with the community for a very writes successful season,” writes Todd Dierker, co-director of Gorge Grown Food Network, which wrapped up its farmers’ market season on Nov. 15.
“Your strong support of our local farmers, ranchers, bakers, and food producers is overwhelming. Every week for the last six months, we have had record-breaking attendance and seen a new wave of vendors bringing food grown, raised or produced right here in the Gorge. Over $200,000 was spent this year at the market, which gets funneled back into our local economy and community. Local food first!
“It is equally important that we remember to extend our deepest appreciation to those that are growing or raising our food. The dedication of the farming community is inspiring. Seeing how quickly a storm like Sandy can cripple a region, it is comforting at least to know we are blessed with a passionate group of people that will make sure that we will have food to eat. So please this holiday season, pause to give thanks for the bounty on your table, and to those that produced it.”