To market, to market: Sherwood Saturday Market provides fresh, local products
For people who have just moved to Sherwood and want to mingle with future neighbors, a great choice is to visit the Sherwood Saturday Market.
It is held each Saturday, May through September, close to the library in Cannery Square (Old Town Sherwood),from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
And if people think a Saturday Market is only about fresh produce, they should think again.
Erin Harrington, market manager, is up early each Saturday, preparing for the weekly event.
"I have about 50 vendors who are registered with us," Harrington said. "A lot of them are part-time, which I feel keeps the place fresh and new every week."
Market-goers will find local farmers who offer fresh produce.
"We believe in buying local," Harrington said. "Right now, berries are big — you're going to get seasonal fruits."
Those not in the mood for veggies should bring their appetites and a notepad for their shopping list, because they're going to find an enormous variety of products at the market. Among the vendors at the market: Sudsy Elements soap and more, Sweet Oregon Berry fruits and vegetables, Grandma Carol's Quilts fleece blankets and quilts, Teresa Anderson's Designs pet cards and prints, The Honey Pit and Erin's Creations' rustic Christmas cards, tags and ornaments.
They'll also find Angelic Touch inspired art, Peas and Carrots Bread Barn Sweet Breads, Drop Shop flavored vodka and a lot more.
At this family event, folks can also enjoy entertainment.
"We have a musician every week," Harrington said, noting there's a variety of entertainment throughout the summer run. "We try to get music that best fits the market. So far, we've done pretty good and have received a lot of compliments on our music choices."
A fountain at the market presents a great option for kids who want to escape the heat.
The Sherwood Saturday Market was founded in 1995 at a different location, noted Harrington.
"When Cannery Square went in, the city asked if we would be interested in using that (location)," she said. "We chose to make that move because we felt that it would provide more of a community atmosphere. That's really what our market is about, to create community and a friendly place to come."
New visitors to the market will notice that Old Town is in the heart of the city. "You can bring your family," Harrington said. "There are also really good restaurants around, in very close proximity. You could get up and go to breakfast, and then come visit us. Or you can come visit us, then go to lunch."
The market also features the Echale Salsa Taco Truck. Families are encouraged to visit the market.
"It's a great family location, but it's [also] good for young people," Harrington said. "We've noticed a lot of people who first move here really enjoy coming down because it's a great place to meet your neighbor — and meet people."
The attraction brings hundreds to Cannery Square. A recent Saturday Market drew more than 700. Harrington expects the event to continue to grow.
"Of course, when we run into bad weather, or if it's cold, or if there's another major event, our numbers might go down a little bit, but for the most part, we are growing," Harrington said. "We're seeing a lot more with the Airbnbs being really popular."
Sherwood has received visitors as far away as New York and Texas, she said.
Each Saturday is hectic for Harrington, but she receives a great deal of satisfaction putting the market together.
"Absolutely," she said. "I love doing the market. It is very satisfying for me to be able to see the kids playing, the families uniting and the vendors being able to sell their products — when we are successful at the end of the day, it's extremely rewarding to feel that success."
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