Farmer's market commission created
Hubbard City Council approved a resolution to create a Farmer's Market Commission on Jan. 24, setting the stage to continue what proved to be a popular draw last year.
"It was actually very successful, a huge community event where people were really thrilled to have it," said Crystal Rostocil, who managed city's foray into the farmer's market in 2018.
Rostocil said the market had anywhere from 5 to 7 vendors each week, but there were also a number of community service activities added to mix.
"They are actively working on getting all the pieces together: the crafters, farmers and very popular bakery items," she said, adding that other attractions included Salem Health car-seat clinic, Hubbard Fire District, a meet-the-mayor booth, a Republic Services recycling informational and a city public works presence.
"There were a lot of different avenues for community growth," said Rostocil, who will hand the managerial duties off this year due to scheduling conflicts.
Bethany Zito and Ally Sobo will manage the event in 2019. A pastry chef, Zito operated a booth last year with baked goods and Z's nuts from the company she and her husband, David, operate.
"This will be our second year, and we are really excited for it – all of our townspeople are excited for it to come back," Zito said. We had about 100 to 150 people come each Saturday last year."
Market hours were 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. last year, but the commission is considering a change, opening up an hour earlier and closing in the early afternoon. Zito said the market usually quieted down by the early afternoon, and a 9 a.m. start time would accommodate many would-be attendees.
Hubbard City Recorder Vicki Nogle noted that Leann Elliott, Renee Hegge, Jessica Countryman, Alicia Sobo will serve 1-year terms on the commission, while Bethany Zito, Janine Organiz, Troy Clouse, Marty Sobo and Megan Crauthers will serve 2 years.