German-style market opens in Mount Angel
The city of Mount Angel will host a weekly market Thursdays through September starting May 31.
The Mount Angel Wochenmarkt, which means weekly market in German, will be from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. through Sept. 27 on East Charles Street, east of the intersection with Cleveland Street, across from the Mount Angel Public Library.
Depending on the number of vendors, the area will be closed to vehicles during that time.
In addition to vendors, the library will coordinate story time or children's activities at 11:15 a.m. each week and organizers are looking at bringing in local musicians to entertain in the bandstand across the street.
"We are encouraging this market to be lively and fun," Amber Mathiesen, city manager of Mount Angel, said.
The market, which is sponsored by the City of Mount Angel, is designed in the tradition of German weekly markets, which provide only food and farm-based products. However, one craft vendor a week will be allowed.
"This is an important event for the city to sponsor because it adds another layer of an authentic German experience for our residents and visitors alike," Mathiesen said. She added that, as far as she knows, this is the first market of this kind in Mount Angel.
The goal, according to Leah Duda, A Gervais resident who's organizing the market along with Mount Angel resident Tom Maurer, is for local farmers to sell their wares direct and close to home and to encourage the citizens of Mount Angel to live a healthier lifestyle by eating more fresh, local, affordable produce.
"There was no market and there's a lot of farmers around here," Duda said. "There's so much produce and farms in the area that people don't always know or hear about, and farmers don't always have a place to sell it either. ... We hope you can just come and get your produce and meat for the week."
Duda said quite a bit of consideration went into choosing the time of the market.
"It's before the weekend, but on Friday (people) are busy getting ready for the weekend. Saturday and Sunday might work, but for farmers, they're not going to want to sit in a market on their days off," Duda reasoned. "And we chose the morning because it's cooler."
She added that the market will still be going on during Oktoberfest just that it will be moved to another location.
While it's unclear how many vendors will be at the wochenmarkt, Duda said she has talked with people who could sell items like meat, nursery plants, honey, eggs, flowers, fresh fish and cheese.
"The possibilities are endless," she said. "We have a lot of interest."
Anyone interested in being a vendor can find more information and an application at http://ci.mt-angel.or.us or by calling City Hall at 503-845-9291.
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