Photo by Kirby Neumann-Rea
SPRINGHOUSE Cellars, scene of Farmers Markets in early 2017, also hosted the fourth annual Rural Craft Revival event last year, and will again this year on Dec. 12.
For the first time, Hood River Farmers’ Market is continuing monthly this winter. Gorge residents can continue to choose local food and buy direct from producers the second Saturday of the month, January through April, from 1-4 p.m. at Springhouse Cellars.
This indoor market will feature a wide variety of local food, including local meats, eggs, cheese, baked goods, sauerkrauts, honey, kombucha, fresh and dried mushrooms and more. Vendors will include new and longtime favorites like Jefferies Ranch Beef, Cascadia Creamery, Blue Bus Cultured Foods, Columbia Gorge Gluten Free, TreeBird Organics and Columbia Mushroom Company.
The market, operated by local non-profit Gorge Grown Food Network, will also celebrate local artisans, including unique handmade gifts from local makers like Crisp & Tart, Sunshine Creations, Pure Gorge Products and more.
Farmers markets are more than just an outlet for local products and friendly farmers. Farmers markets preserve farmland, stimulate local economies, increase access to fresh nutritious food, improve community health, and promote sustainability. For example, if just 20 percent of the fruit, vegetables and meat we consumed in the Gorge were purchased directly from a local farmer, $9.6 million would stay in the local economy.
New vendors are still being accepted. Please contact Market Manager Hannah Ladwig for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-490-6420.