Fancy a stroll down the beach to pick up some tasty local food for supper? Nehalem farmer Hank Tallman of Lunasea Gardens continues his popular daily farm stand stocked with fresh and local food goodies from his own and neighboring farms and gardens.
â€œI want to get the word out to people who wonâ€™t go to a farmers market because they have the assumption that itâ€™s not for them. Organic food is seen as a high class thing; which is greatâ€”that has incubated the market, but there needs to be more access for economically challenged people. Everybody deserves to have fresh and local food; my hope is to offer organic produce at a lower cost that conventional items at the grocery,â€ Tallman states.
The farm stand opened last summer, but a challenging growing season led to a slow start. Tallman is optimistic about this year, though of course farming is always a gamble. Jamie Ehrke, owner of Longevity, where the stand is located, says â€œThe feedback last year was great. People were totally excited about it; I got tons of people asking if we were doing it again.â€
Tallman encourages local gardeners and other producers (eggs, honey, flowers, value-added products like soap, salsas, jams) to contact him with items they would like to sell. Meadow Harvest grass-fed beef and lamb will be available, as well as Tallwoman Tonics and herbs.
The stand will be open daily from 10am to 7pm at Longevity, 123 Laneda Ave. in Manzanita. Contact Tallman Tel: 503-368-FARM or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.