Photo by Kirby Neumann-Rea
Lynn Lewis, of Crisp and Tart, displays her hand painted, 100 percent cotton kitchen towels at a recent Saturday market.
Hood River Farmers’ Market is in full swing with a wide variety of vendors, live music, market activities and an all-new beer garden. Visit the market on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Fifth and Columbia. Customers enjoy free parking in the lot west of the market, provided by Gorge Grown Food Network, as well as down Wasco Street and west of Seventh Street.
The diversity found at the market makes it easy to stock up and eat local every day of the week. Market goers can find a variety of vendors, offering farm fresh produce — everything from arugula to zucchini plus local fruit like blueberries, blackberries, cherries, peaches, figs and more — to an array of local fish and meats — salmon, lamb, grass fed beef, pasture raised pork and farm fresh eggs. Find locally made cheese, sourdough bread, granola, sauerkrauts, kombucha, honey, black garlic, and gluten free bakery items.
Local artists, crafters, woodworkers, and metalsmiths also showcase beautiful handmade crafts and gifts each week. Hood River Farmers’ Market is the place to find handcrafted jewelry, furniture, pottery, soaps, candles, and more. A local blacksmith even offers knife and tool sharpening at the market most weeks.
Customers can shop at the market and then grab a beer, mimosa or bloody Mary in the new family-friendly beer garden. Stick around the market to enjoy live music, prepared food from a number of food carts, a cold beverage and maybe a game of cornhole.
Come to the market to support family farmers, local food producers and artists. Shopping locally benefits the whole community — for every $100 spent at the farmers market, $62 stays in the local economy and $99 stays in the state. Plus, farmers make 72 percent more when customers buy direct.
More information on Gorge Grown Farmers Markets is available at gorgegrown.com.