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Estacada Farmers Market blows in for another season

by: NEWS PHOTO: STEVEN BROWN - Keane Xiong, 15, and his sister, Holly, 15, (they arent twins) hold down the pop-up canopy that was at risk of blowing away Saturday, May 4, at the Estacada Farmers Market. The Estacada Farmers Market opened its 2013 season under a clear blue sky and with just about the perfect temperature. Now, if the wind had cooperated, things would have been just about perfect.

Instead, vendors such as those at the Cheng's Farm booth went into damage control in an effort to keep their pop-up canopies from blowing away. Keane Xiong, 15, and his sister, Holly, 15 — (they aren't twins. They're 10 months apart) — resorted to holding down the canopy as gusts threatened to carry it off like a parachute.

The blustery conditions were manageable and did nothing to dampen the optimistic mood at the market's first day of the 2013 season.

Customers were treated to music by the Heartland Classic Country Band.

Among the vendors was Chicken Scratch Farm, which offered a selection of fuchsias, and Rock Springs Farm, which was selling a selection of vegetable plants, including tomatoes.

Skip Heberden, market president and owner of Rock Springs Farm, couldn't have been happier with the weather that greeted the opening weekend. And he was pleased with the number of customers who visited the market.

The market continues from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday throughout the spring and summer at the lot at Third Street and Broadway Avenue in downtown Estacada.

For more information, visit the market's website at estacadafarmersmarket.org or follow the market on Facebook or Twitter for updates.

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