Farmers Market grows community
The sun peeked out from behind the clouds, a variety of one-of-a-kind items were available and old and new friends enjoyed one another's company at the opening day of the 2017 Estacada Farmers Market.
Gathered outside of Wade Creek House Antiques on Saturday, May 6, market vendors sold everything from goat's milk soap to succulents as visitors enjoyed complimentary coffee, tea and hot chocolate, while Rick & Barb & Friends offered a live soundtrack to the day. Additionally, members of the Estacada Rural Fire District were available to meet with community members and display their rig.
Many people appreciated the day's laid back atmosphere and the friendly nature of both vendors and patrons.
"It's a nice relaxing atmosphere," said Leslie Blewett, who was selling flowers and succulent arrangements. "People are friendly."
Leif and Corrine Brantner of Neverstill Farms also enjoy the market's neighborly atmosphere, which they believe benefits both the market and Wade Creek House.
The pair thinks the vendors complement one another.
"There are the vendors at the market, and there are hundreds more inside (at Wade Creek House)," said Corrine.
They aso appreciate the different people the event draws.
"We always meet new people," Leif said.
Tanya Buus of Mystic Hollow Farm, the market's manager, enjoys the variety of items it offers.
"(The market brings) local art, sustainability and farming together," she said.
As both a vendor and patron, she appreciates that the market connects people with these items.
"I'm really all about purchasing local," she said.
Buus added that she was also grateful for the day's nice weather.
"I'm so happy it's not raining," she said. "That's not common on the first day (of the market). It usually rains 75 percent of the time. I feel lucky this year."
For those interested in joining the fun later this season, the Farmers Market runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 30 outside of Wade Creek House Antiques — rain or shine.