CROP brings back Saturday Market
With summer getting into full swing, Stryker Park was humming with activity Saturday morning as local residents enjoyed music, local farm and produce vendors, and a variety of crafts.
A small music trio played in the background as customers browsed booths of colorful wares, including jewelry, crafts, local berries and produce, and local foods. The market will be available every Saturday through September and has been a tradition in Prineville for a number of years.
Crooked River Open Pastures (CROP) Farmers Market is Prineville's weekly farmer's market and is open every Saturday. The first event took place last week, June 5, and will continue through Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All the events will take place on the west end of Stryker Park, near the Splash Pad.
Vendors from all corners of the community bring their wares to the market, with a variety of local food, produce and crafts. The event is part of CROP, a project of the Crook County Small Farm Alliance. It consists of a series of events which take place throughout the Crooked River Basin at various farms and farm supported locations. Each farm event features farm tours, a farmer's market and in some cases, music, and additional fun-filled activities.
The events sponsored by CROP were created to bring more awareness of the abundance of local food grown in the Central Oregon region. Their goal is to increase tourism and economic development in the community, and they partner with High Desert Food and Farm Alliance and are sponsored by Brasada Ranch Resort.
Kaitlin Garlitz is the market manager for Crooked River Open Pastures and recently moved from Pennsylvania. She follows up with vendors and supports them by helping them set up on market day. She also does marketing and circulates flyers and brochures to promote the market.
"I think we have a really nice variety starting with this season. We have a good amount of farm producers and food producers," commented Garlitz.
She noted that there are some farmers who have committed to coming every week and others who will come intermittently.
"We have a good balance of food and also crafts."
Be Positivity Tea Towels will be attending regularly for the weekly markets, and other vendors such as John-John's BBQ, Bluestone Natural Farms and Canyon Moon Farms. Willamette Berries will also be attending on a regular basis. Garlitz added that there are craft and gift ideas and also local produce and other local foods available each week.
"We will have a little bit of something for everybody."
Garlitz indicated that they have added some more vendors that they gained from the recent street fair last month. Their nonprofit board is made up Canyon Moon Farms, Bluestone Natural Farms, Be Positivity, Willamette Berries and Sun Life Farms.
"Those people are pretty much solidly involved in the market every week, and you can count on them being there because they have very much invested into CROP," emphasized Garlitz.
"We are going to have an exciting variety of stuff this year. It is going to be hopefully an even bigger market than it has been in the past."
Crooked River Open Pastures (CROP) Farmers MarketLocation: Stryker Park
Adress: NE Fourth and Elm streets
Every Saturday, June 5 through Sept. 25
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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