Eight days and counting, until the debut of the slightly rebranded Hood River Farmers’ Market at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 1, at the familiar Hood River Middle School site.
Vendors will be selling locally raised vegetables, fruit, meat, cheese, eggs, bread and more. In addition, the weekly event that runs through November features live musicand local hot food vendors.
Operated by Gorge Grown Food Network (GGFN), the market and its organizers encourage shoppers to bring grocery lists and load up for the week.
“You really can buy almost everything you need at the farmers’ market,” says Todd Dierker, GGFN’s Food Access Programs Manager.
“We really want community members to do their regular shopping at the farmers’ market where more of the money they spend actually makes it into the hands of the region’s hard-working farmers.”
Gorge Grown will also continue offering its food stamp match program that gives an extra $5 free to food stamp shoppers at each market.
GGFN’s Executive Director Michelle McGrath says shoppers can expect to find an abundance of asparagus, radishes, rhubarb, and salad greens, plus starts for their own gardens.
The market is open every Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m., from May 1 to Nov. 20.