It's that time of year again. As farms and gardens begin producing the first of the cool weather fruits and vegetables, Tom and Marian Sawtell open the Molalla Farmers' Market to bring seasonal produce and more to Molalla.
The market opens its new season this Thursday, May 18, and will be open from 3 to 7 p.m. every Thursday, through Sept. 29, at Hoffman House Antique Mall, on Main Street, in Molalla.
This is a true Farmers Market, with items grown, harvested, or created regionally, says Tom Sawtell.
"The whole idea in starting this, we wanted to bring something back to Molalla to bring the community back together again," he said. "We want to give the people of Molalla something to be proud of in our town."
Look for fresh fruits and vegetables grown at local farms, fine wines and wine-tasting offered by a local winery, fresh baked pies, farm-fresh eggs, berries, fresh-cut flowers, potted plants, meat products, raw natural honey, Hawaiian barbecue, root beer floats, essential oils, photographs and information on hiking the Molalla River Corridor, hand-crafted articles, children's books and more. Live music, food canning and cooking demonstrations and POP Club for kids are all part of the fun.
Marian Sawtell reminds folks that the market offers produce while it's in season.
"So for the opening day, we want people to understand it's too early yet for most vegetables," she said. "But we will have strawberries – we're keeping our fingers crossed," she said "So don't expect watermelons in the opening market. This is what makes it a true farmers market – what we supply is fresh and seasonable from local farms."
For opening day, however, there will be cool weather vegetables, such as lettuce, spinach, root vegetables, etc. And of course, there's plenty of other offerings, including: pepperoni, jerky, meats, plant starts, honey fresh from the hives, Forest Edge wine and more.
Al Rose and the Other Guys will keep the market lively with great music opening day, and all the booths will be filled with vendors. New vendors this year include the Molalla Chamber of Commerce with an information booth offering brochures and information on tourism events; a booth offering horseshoe art and another featuring Soapy Elephant organic soaps.
"It's going to be humongous this year," Tom Sawtell said. "The market has prospered and grown each year. Also, we already have 250 kids in Pop Club and expect to have 500 kids by the end of this season. More kids sign up every week."
Check out the Molalla Farmers Market Facebook page for more information at: https://www.facebook.com/MolallaFarmersMarket/