Douglas County is home to numerous farmers markets open one day each week that offer consumers farm fresh produce brought directly from local growers along with handmade goods including prepared foods and crafts made by local artisans.

Behind all farmers markets is a market manager who's usually a volunteer for the smaller markets or works for a stipend or some meager compensation for the larger markets. Since markets are a labor of love for those involved, profits are slim, paying for market expenses like rent, utilities, insurance, phones, marketing, setting up and programing,

Vendors find the markets profitable, but many come to interact with consumers and other vendors and to share their bounty with the public. Quality products and health are also a concern for many. Below is a synopsis of several Douglas County markets and how they are organized.

Umpqua Valley Farmers’ Market

The largest local market is the Umpqua Valley Farmers Market that’s open Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from April to September, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in October to March at the First United Methodist Church, 1771 W. Harvard Ave., Roseburg. It began in 1994.

“We are a grower and producer market, so you have to grow what you sell or hand-make what you sell,” said market manager Amanda Pastoria, who works in the only compensated position at the market. This market also has a seven-member board.

This market sees from 1,000 to 2,000 visitors each Saturday made up of local and out-of-town consumers. It has about 45 vendors made up of farmers and artisans who live throughout Douglas County and adjoining counties. The market also offers a SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) matching program for low-income families.

Vendors pay a membership fee of $60 a year, or $35 per summer or winter season, plus $20 weekly for booth space.

“It’s an amazing way for a small business to have a clientele,” Pastoria said. “People come to hang out and eat food and listen to live music every week.”

Vendors sell goods such as plants, jewelry, wind chimes, honey, kombucha, herbs, spices, tamales, grass-fed meat, fruit, vegetables, wooden bowls, pottery, canned goods, dehydrated foods, baked goods, fresh pasta, plants, toiletries, candles and art.

Information: 541-530-6200 or search www.uvfarmersmarket.org.

Lookingglass Grange Farm Market

It’s open Fridays year-round from 3 to 6 p.m. on Fridays at 7426 Lookingglass Road, Roseburg. This market is a service provided by the Lookingglass Grange and is overseen by the grange board. It’s in its seventh year and sees up to 50 customers daily.

This grange charges $40 for a booth for the whole summer and another $40 for the winter with the grange providing the facility and liability insurance.

Seven vendors come regularly from around the area selling goods such honey, local produce, organic baked goods with a gluten-free line, jams and jellies, healthy dog treats, eggs, local grass-fed meat (lamb, beef, pork), soaps and some crafts, but the main focus is food. Vendors find this market profitable.

The clientele are locals and regulars from town with some summer travelers.

“Our goal is to provide a place where the community can get fresh food at a reasonable cost and to provide a place for people to sell their farm products,” said volunteer market manager Cindy Phillips.

Information: 541-679-4201.

Canyonville Farmers’ Market

In its sixth year, the Canyonville Farmers’ Market is located in the south parking lot of the Seven Feathers Casino Resort, 146 Chief Miwaleta Lane, Canyonville. It’s open Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. from May through September.

This market sees about 200 visitors daily, reaching travelers from Interstate 5 and the neighboring resort. It features about 20 vendors selling local produce, artisans, artists, crafters and live music with prepared food.

This year the market is running a consignment booth for farmers who choose not to spend time and pay membership fees. Consignments pay 25 percent of sales. This market accepts the Oregon Trail card and farm vouchers.

Seven Feathers does not charge rent for the market.

Information: 541-375-0725 or visit www.canyonvillefarmersmarket.org.

Reedsport Farmers Market

In its fourth year, the Reedsport Farmers Market is open from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. Fridays from June through September. It serves 1,200 customers per day.

It’s located on the street on Fifth Street in old-town Reedsport. Overseen by the Old Town Reedsport Merchant Association board. Vendors pay a $25 membership fee for the season that goes toward vendor insurance for the city property space that’s free, along with a $25 booth fee per day.

It has 12 vendors now that fluctuates up to about 18 vendors, that’s dependent on the weather. Many vendors come from outside the coastal valley. This year the market has certified organic produce and farmers who grow with organic methods. It sells whole grains like quinoa and also nuts.

"Markets are always ongoing and changing," said volunteer market manager Kathi Wall-Meyer, with new vendors all the time coming and going. "We're not there to make a profit, we're there to bring a service to the community."  

This market also accepts food stamps and farm vouchers. Information: 541-271-3044 or find them on Facebook.

Sutherlin Farmers’ Market

The Sutherlin Farmers’ Market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays from May until mid October at the corner of Calapooia Street and Everett Avenue downtown. It has volunteer market manager.

This market has 12 vendors with certified natural farmers, plants, crafters and honey. Vendors pay $6 per space and see up to 150 people per day. Market expenses include insurance and lot rent. The market also takes debit, credit and the Oregon Trail card and serves a solid base of customers.

It’s been there for at least seven years serving locals and tourists.

Information: 541-315-0553 or searchfacebook.com/SutherlinFarmersMarket.

Glide Farmer’s Market

Traveling east to the Umpqua National Forest, travelers and locals appreciate the Glide Farmer’s Market that takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays from mid May to early October at the Glide Community Center Annex parking lot on 20062 N. Umpqua Highway, Glide.

This market has been running for about 11 years and serves about 50 to 100 customers per day. About 16 local vendors come throughout summer with no vendor fee, since the space is free. It allows anything homemade, homegrown or handmade, with crafts, baked goods and produce from small farmers.

Information: 541-430-8792 or visit the market’s Facebook page.

Myrtle Creek Community Market

It’s open from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays from June through September at the Myrtle Creek Grange, 661 Riverside Drive, Myrtle Creek. It’s run by a volunteer market manager.

This market sees about 20 to 100 people daily depending on weather. As many as seven local vendors sell produce at the market that varies with the season. At times local vendors bring homemade crafts, baked goods and honey. Vendors pay $5 per booth that acts as a fundraiser for the grange.

Information: 541-863-3061.

Southside Community Market

Just opened this week, the Southside Community Market is open Tuesdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. from June to mid October at the Roseburg Senior Center parking lot, 1614 SE Stephens St., Roseburg.

This market accepts SNAP, WIC (Women, Infants, Children) and senior vouchers. It opened with about five vendors selling crafts, bread, soap and vegetables and expects to see more produce in season.

Information: call the market manager at 541-271-3044 or the senior center at 541-671-2634.

Reporter Vera Westbrook can be reached at 541-957-4216 or vwestbrook@nrtoday.com.

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Vera Westbrook is the education, nonprofits, and arts and entertainment reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at 541-957-4216 or by email at vwestbrook@nrtoday.com.

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Mogie

Good article & full of info!

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