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Local artisans and farmers will sell their goods at the Eagle Creek Grange on June 4.

Local artisans and farmers have a new location to sell their goods as the Oregon Trail Freedom Market is gearing up for its first event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at the Eagle Creek Grange, 24491 S.E. Eagle Creek Road, Eagle Creek. COURTESY PHOTO  - The Oregon Trail Freedom Market will feature over 30 vendors selling locally grown or made goods.

The family-friendly event will feature over 30 local vendors selling handmade goods and agricultural products.

The market idea was conceived when a group of farmers and craftspeople thought it would be smart to have a centralized location so they and other local businesses could sell their goods. It also aimed to get folks to buy from local businesses after the COVID-19 pandemic caused many people to shop online.

"We are all about local, handcrafted and American-made goods here," said Carol Hassebroek, one of the organizers. "Don't buy things online or foreign things for your dad for Father's Day; try to get something homemade and local."

Some of the vendors scheduled to be at the market will be selling paintings, paper crafts, jewelry, stained glass, locally roasted coffee, kitchen goods, vegetables, plants, clothing, woodworking, garden pots and many other handmade goods.

Hassebroek stressed that the event is for all ages and encourages people to bring young ones. Kids' activities, including crafts and games, also will be available.

Breakfast and lunch bowls can be purchased while supplies last.

The Oregon Trail Freedom Market also is scheduled for Saturday, July 30, and Saturday, Aug., 27.


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