3rd Street Hubbard farmers market will be the only farmers market in North Marion County

Hubbard residents will be able to buy fresh veggies and other handmade crafts on Saturdays this summer.

The Hubbard City Council approved a motion to create a weekly farmers market, the Hubbard 3rd Street Market, at a special City Council meeting March 27. The market will be the only one of its kind in northern Marion County.

The market is the work of Hubbard residents Crystal Rostocil and Alicia Sobo.

"Crystal is addicted to volunteering, this is her newest crazy idea," Sobo said.

Rostocil said she first thought of creating a farmers market in Hubbard as a way of mending divisions that have grown in the community and providing a space for neighbors to bump into each other and talk.

"We don't have an avenue to get together as a community," Rostocil said.

Sobo became involved with Rostocil to research and plan the project in January. They tracked down members of the Oregon Farmers Market Association (OFMA) and attended OFMA's annual convention in Corvallis in February.

What they found was that nonprofit farmers markets require following a staggering amount of guidelines and regulations.

"It would have taken more time than we had to make it happen this year," Sobo said.

They asked the city of Hubbard to sponsor the market instead. The City Council approved the proposal and agreed to provide $1,280 to fund the market's first summer season.

Additional funding will be provided by leasing a display booth each week for businesses to advertise and interact with the market crowd.

The market will be required to keep a proportion of about 70 percent farmers to 30 percent artisan vendors, and will only allow vendors to appear two times per season to promote turnover.

"We want there to be something new each week," Sobo said.

The farmers market commission has begun accepting applications (starting April 26), once a vendor's handbook was approved. It hopes to attract farmers from all across Oregon, Rostocil said.

The commission is holding a poster contest with submissions accepted in person opening day, Saturday, June 2, and winners announced Saturday, June 16. Submissions should be 11-by-17 and farming themed. There will be two contests based on age: one for ages 3 to 17, and one for 18 and older.

The 3rd Street Hubbard Farmers Market will be held in a vacant lot leased from Matt Kennedy at Third Street between E and F streets. The market will run 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays from June 2 through Sept. 1, and could become an annual event if it is successful.

Patrick Evans
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