CPRD is inviting vendors from surrounding communities to join the new endeavor.

PMG FILE PHOTO - The Chehalem Park and Recreation District will in May begin hosting a Friday market at a park in Dundee.

A new tradition sure to bring some unique experiences this summer and fall is coming to Dundee, and it's a project that has been years in the making. The Chehalem Park & Recreation District has announced it will host an open air market in the city, running from 4 to 8 p.m. every Friday from May through September.

"We have been trying to plan out an idea for a Dundee market for a while and CPRD acquired the Sander Estate property across from the school and park," Erin Harrington of CPRD said. "We thought that would be a great location for a park as they develop it, given its proximity to everything in town and its accessibility.

"It's going to have a lot of potential as it grows. We're opening it up for crafters, food vendors, wineries and music. And I think it will be a great place for people from Dundee and all over to come and enjoy."

The search is on for vendors interested in joining the market, and given the food, wine and agriculture in the region, a diverse and compelling showing is expected. It will take time, though, for the market to take off as more vendors join up, Harrington said.

"The search for vendors is going a bit slow early on, but that's because it's a brand new market and folks still need to hear about it," she said. "It will grow once more people know about it. Vendors interested in joining can apply on our website,"

Once the application is submitted, CPRD officials will contact prospective vendors about whether they were approved to participate. There will be COVID-19 precautions in place to keep patrons safe as they trickle in, and the outlook for the market's success is good in CPRD's eyes given the improving nature of the pandemic.

Further information on the market for patrons and all other interested parties is available on the CPRD website.

"I would love to have more farmers with local produce," Harrington said. "Right now, we have several different crafters who will be there along with food vendors and some others. We just want to bring something to the community of Dundee, ultimately. Dundee is growing with the wineries and more people living out there, and I think it would be nice to bring people in to see what's great about the community."

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