New vendors will replace retirees

by: FILE PHOTO - As the market season progresses, more produce will become available, says Scappoose Farmers Market Manager Bill Blank. The Scappoose Farmer’s Market will kick off its 12th season this Saturday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The market will run in its usual location, in the parking lot of Scappoose City Hall and along Southeast Second Street off of East Columbia Avenue.

Market Manager Bill Blank said that, while some of the market’s vendors have retired or moved on, patrons will still have a wealth of options.

“We have a lot of new faces,” Blank said.

The vendor Momma’s Homemade Soap will no longer be at the market, but Blank noted that won’t mean shoppers will be at a loss for soap options.

“She’s been with us for several years,” Blank said of Momma’s Homemade Soap. “She retired to concentrate on her grandchildren, but we’ll have Favorite Oils. They’re new.”

Blank said Favorite Oils, owned by Fran Dashiell, will be a regular market vendor, providing a variety of oils and handmade soaps. He added another vendor, Momma Goat, will also have soap available that is made using goat milk.

Another new vendor Blank said would likely be with the market for the full season is Poppin’, a kettle corn business.

Most of the market’s vendors are local to Columbia County, but as the market grows, its reach has expanded to other areas of western Oregon, Blank said.

“All our vendors are located in the area — Portland, Scappoose, Warren, St. Helens, Columbia City,” Blank said. “Most of our vendors come from Columbia County or surrounding counties, but some do travel further, like our flower vender; they’re actually from Boring.”

A number of traditional vendors and performers are slated to appear at the market this year, Blank said, noting that Wildhare Backyard Farm, which has had a market presence for about five years, will return to provide produce, herbs, pickled goods and candles.

“We’ve got an old favorite returning — Joni Stoneking,” Blank said. “She does crafts such as journals, cards, bookmarks — paper goods. She’s returning to the market after a break of about three years.”

Blank said another craft vendor, Rock On, will be returning as well.

“They travel out into the wilderness, research rocks, gather them and bring them to the market to make jewelry,” Blank said. “They’re pretty cool.”

Entertainment will be provided by a variety of different groups throughout the year, but kicking off the market this Saturday will be the old-time folk music duo, Kingnik, which has been performing at the market for several years, Blank said.

Vendors interested in selling at future markets can contact Blank at 503-543-3469.

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